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  • ...the life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster
    David Hume

  • Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
    Frank Leahy

  • Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.
    Oscar Wilde

  • Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
    Bertrand Russell

  • The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.
     Eugene McCarthy

  • Eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God's infinite love.
    Bill Hicks, comedian and social critic (1961-1994)

  • The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.
    Bertrand Russell

  • Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.
    Barry LePatner

  • Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much of life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
    Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

  • Courage is not the abscence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.
    Ambrose Redmoon

  • It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness.
    Thomas Jefferson

  • May you live every day of your life.
    Jonathan Swift

  • God has no religion.
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.
    Charles Evans Hughes, jurist (1862-1948)

  • It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel.
    Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924)

  • War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
    Horace Mann

  • A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
    Greek proverb

  • It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.
    Jonathan Swift, satirist (1667-1745)

  • Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
    James Allen

  • In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.
    Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (1833-1899)

  • Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
    Rudyard Kipling

  • Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

  • Men have always been afraid that women could get along without them.
    Margaret Mead

  • As soon as we abandon our own reason, and are content to rely upon authority, there is no end to our troubles.
    Bertrand Russell

  • If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
    Albert Camus, writer, philosopher, Nobel laureate (1913-1960)

  • There never was a good war, or a bad peace.
    Benjamin Franklin

  • No matter how bad things get you got to go on living, even if it kills you.
    Sholem Aleichem

  • Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
    Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)

  • Imagination is more important than knowledge.
    Albert Einstein 

  • The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings.
    William Hazlitt, essayist (1778-1830)

  • I have lost the consolation of faith / though not the ambition to worship.
    Forrest Gander

  • If a rabbit defined intelligence the way man does, then the most intelligent animal would be a rabbit, followed by the animal most willing to obey the commands of a rabbit.
    Robert Brault, writer (b. 1938)

  • It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
    Arthur C. Clarke

  • Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.
    Daniel J. Boorstin

  • Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact - not to be solved, but to be coped with over time.
    Shimon Peres

  • Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
    Abraham Lincoln

  • Trying to get people to reason in a way that is not natural for them is like trying to teach a pig to sing. You don't accomplish anything and you annoy the pig.
    E. Jeffrey Conklin and William Weil

  • The only completely consistent people are the dead.
    Aldous Huxley

  • Science has the cold facts, but lacks religion’s social organization and ability to inspire that moves people to act.
    Ann Druyan

  • The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.
    Leonardo da Vinci, painter, engineer, musician, and scientist (1452-1519)

  • You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.
    Graham Greene

  • Like cars in amusement parks, our direction is often determined through collisions.
    Yahia Lababidi, author (b. 1973)

  • The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. -
    Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)

  • As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behavior toward creatures, all men were Nazis.
    Isaac Bashevis Singer, writer, Nobel laureate, (1904-1991)

  • Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
    Marcel Proust

  • The death of dogma is the birth of morality.
    Immanuel Kant, philosopher (1724-1804)

  • The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.
    George Marshall, US Army Chief, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Nobel laureate (1880-1959)

  • How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.
    Barry Lopez: Arctic Dreams

  • I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
    Stephen Roberts, database architect (b. 1967)

  • We have to believe in free will. We have no choice.
    Isaac Bashevis Singer

  • I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
    Walt Whitman

  • Happy the man, and happy he alone,
    He who can call today his own:
    He who, secure within, can say,
    Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
    Be fair or foul or rain or shine
    The joys I have possessed, in spite or fate, are mine.
    Not Heaven itself upon the past has power,
    But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.
    "Happy the Man" by Horace, from Odes, Book III, xxix. Translation by John Dryden. Public domain. (buy now)

  • Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.
    Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)

  • In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.
    Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (1833-1899)

  • God created man, but I could do better
    Erma Brombeck

  • I don't pretend to know what love is for everyone, but I can tell you what it is for me; love is knowing all about someone, and still wanting to be with them more than any other person, love is trusting them enough to tell them everything about yourself, including the things you might be ashamed of, love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone, but still getting weak knees when they walk into a room and smile at you.
    Author Unknown

  • A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
    Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)

  • One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
    George Santayana

  • A beautiful thing is never perfect.
    Egyptian proverb

  • The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.
    Carl Jung

  • Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

  • The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
    Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996)

  • When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.
    Leonard Matlovich, a gay Vietnam Veteran (1943-1988)

  • The real index of civilization is when people are kinder than they need to be.
    Louis de Berniere, novelist (b. 1954)

  • Think enough and you won't know anything.
    Kenneth Patchen

  • We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
    Kenji Miyazawa, poet and story writer (1896-1933)

  • Reading a book is like rewriting it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
    Angela Carter, novelist and journalist (1940-1992)

  • Only a life lived for others is worth living
    Albert Einstein

  • Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.
    John Galsworthy

  • One law for the lion and ox is oppression.
    William Blake, poet, engraver, and painter (1757-1827)

  • Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.
    Oscar Wilde, writer (1854-1900)

  • When truth is nothing but the truth, it's unnatural, it's an abstraction that resembles nothing in the real world. In nature there are always so many other irrelevant things mixed up with the essential truth.
    Aldous Huxley

  • Fear is the parent of cruelty.
    James Anthony Froude

  • If a book be false in its facts, disprove them; if false in its reasoning, refute it. But for God s sake, let us freely hear both sides if we choose.
    Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect, and author (1743-1826)

  • Homo sapiens [are] a tiny twig on an improbable branch of a contingent limb on a fortunate tree.
    Stephen Jay Gould

  • Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others...for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.
    Albert Einstein

  • Society cannot exist without inequality of fortunes and the inequality of fortunes could not subsist without religion. Whenever a half-starved person is near another who is glutted, it is impossible to reconcile the difference if there is not an authority who tells him to.
    Napoleon Bonaparte, general and politician (1769-1821)

  • Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • A ship in harbor is safe - but that is not what ships are for.
    John Shedd

  • Silence is the severest criticism.
    Charles Buxton, brewer, philanthropist, writer and politician (1823-1871)

  • There is no man that is free from all evil, nor any man that is so evil to be worth nothing.
    David Castillo, executed in Texas on Aug. 23, 1998

  • The man's desire is for the woman but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet (1772-1834)

  • It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood.
    Karl Popper

  • We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
    Jonathan Swift

  • Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
    Reinhold Niebuhr, theologian (1892-1971)

  • I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom."
    Anatole France

  • There is no great genius without a tincture of madness.

  • The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
     Bertrand Russell

  • Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
    Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

  • The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.
    Henri-Frederic Amiel

  • It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
    William G. McAdoo

  • Common sense is strengthened by joy.
     Rabbi Nahman of Breslov

  • Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is.
    Jean Anouilh, dramatist (1910-1987)

  • We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.
    Richard Feynman

  • Experience teaches only the teachable.
    Aldous Huxley

  • When truth is nothing but the truth, it's unnatural, it's an abstraction that resembles nothing in the real world. In nature there are always so many other irrelevant things mixed up with the essential truth.
    Aldous Huxley

  • He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.
    John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (1806-1873)

  • Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
    Abraham Lincoln

  • The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.
    Benjamin Disraeli

  • A fixed idea is like the iron rod which sculptors put in their statues. It impales and sustains.
    Hippolyte Taine, critic and historian (1828-1893)

  • Beware the fury of a patient man.
    John Dryden

  • I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
    Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. general and 34th president (1890-1969)

  • I want to realize brotherhood or identity not merely with the beings called human, but I want to realize identity with all life, even with such things as crawl upon earth.
    Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

  • Only the madman is absolutely sure.
    Robert Anton Wilson, novelist (1932-2007)

  • The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind.
    Charles Darwin, naturalist and author (1809-1882)

  • Myth: we have to save the earth. Frankly, the earth doesn't need to be saved. Nature doesn't give a hoot if human beings are here or not. The planet has survived cataclysmic and catastrophic changes for millions upon millions of years. Over that time, it is widely believed, 99 percent of all species have come and gone while the planet has remained. Saving the environment is really about saving our environment - making it safe for ourselves, our children, and the world as we know it. If more people saw the issue as one of saving themselves, we would probably see increased motivation and commitment to actually do so.
    Robert M. Lilienfeld, management consultant and author (b. 1953) and William L. Rathje, archaeologist and author (b. 1945)

  • Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.
    Isaac Newton

  • Depression does tremendous damage. Use every ploy you can think of to bring yourself to joy.
    Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

  • It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
    Henry David Thoreau

  • A time will come when a politician who has wilfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own.
    H.G. Wells, writer (1866-1946)

  • The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
    John Kenneth Galbraith, economist (1908-2006)

  • The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief.
    Sigmund Freud

  • Society is like a stew. If you don't keep it stirred up you get a lot of scum on the top.
    Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

  • We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it -- and stop there -- lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one any more.
    Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)

  • What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
    Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

  • Fear is something to be moved through, not something to be turned from.
    Peter McWilliams

  • The people who burned witches at the stake never for one moment thought of their act as violence; rather they thought of it as an act of divinely mandated righteousness. The same can be said of most of the violence we humans have ever committed.
    Gil Bailie, author and lecturer (b. 1944)

  • Religions are not revealed: they are evolved. If a religion were revealed by God, that religion would be perfect in whole and in part, and would be as perfect at the first moment of its revelation as after ten thousand years of practice. There has never been a religion that which fulfills those conditions.
    Robert Blatchford, author (1851-1943)

  • Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts.
    Jean Cocteau

  • The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension.
    Ezra Pound, poet (1885-1972)

  • Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.
    Stephen Swid, executive (b. 1941)

  • Civilization is the encouragement of differences.
    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

  • We know that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening, that he can play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day's work at Auschwitz in the morning.
    George Steiner

  • Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.
    William James, psychologist and philosopher (1842-1910)

  • I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if he didn't. -
    Jules Renard, writer (1864-1910)

  • By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.
    Robert Frost

  • The only gift is giving to the poor; / All else is exchange.
    Thiruvalluvar, poet (c. 30 BCE)

  • Wealth has never yet sacrificed itself on the altar of patriotism.
    Bob LaFollette, congressman, senator, governor (1855-1925)

  • Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
    John Adams

  • Let us enrich ourselves with our mutual differences.
    Paul Valery, poet and philosopher (1871-1945)

  • Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
    Leo Tolstoy

  • To be free / Is often to be lonely.
    W.H. Auden

  • Reality is like a face reflected in the blade of a knife; its properties depend on the angle from which we view it.
    -Master Hsing Yun, "Describing the Indescribable"

  • True remorse is never just a regret over consequences; it is a regret over motive.
    Mignon McLaughlin, journalist and author (1913-1983)

  • Men of ill judgment oft ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it.

  • Like a lawyer, the human brain wants victory, not truth; and, like a lawyer, it is sometimes more admirable for skill than virtue.
    Robert Wright, author and journalist (b. 1957)

  • Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
    Maria Montessori

  • A hundred times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the measure as I have received and am still receiving.
    Albert Einstein

  • There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.
    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

  • Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.
    Albert Einstein

  • Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices --- just recognize them.
    Edward R. Murrow

  • Invention requires an excited mind; execution, a calm one.
    Johann Peter Eckermann, poet (1792-1854)

  • Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.
    Rudyard Kipling

  • Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
    Baruch Spinoza

  • If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
    Noam Chomsky

  • Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
    Thomas Kempis

  • Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
    William Shakespeare

  • Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca

  • When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
    Abraham Lincoln

  • The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
    Bertrand Russell

  • People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this, that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.
    John Jay Chapman

  • Who breaks the thread, the one who pulls, the one who holds on?
    James Richardson, poet, professor (b. 1950)

  • No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
    Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992)

  • No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.
    Alexis de Tocqueville, statesman and historian (1805-1859)

  • The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
    Stephen Jay Gould

  • [Nature] knows the people are a tide That swells and in time will ebb, and all Their works dissolve ... As for us: We must uncenter our minds from ourselves; We must unhumanize our views a little, and become confident As the rock and ocean that we were made from.
    Robinson Jeffers

  • The past is never dead - it is not even past.
    William Faulkner

  • People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something that one finds. It is something that one creates.
    Thomas Szasz

  • The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.
    Daniel J. Boorstin

  • Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Victory breeds enmity; the defeated live in pain. The peaceful live happily, avoiding both victory and defeat.
    Buddha (c. 563-483 BCE)

  • Nothing we use or hear or touch can be expressed in words that equal what is given by the senses.
    Hannah Arendt

  • A dying man needs to die as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.
    Stewart Alsop

  • I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed.
    Mark Twain

  • The great corrupter of public man is the ego…. Looking at the mirror distracts one's attention from the problem.
    Dean Acheson

  • The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.

  • The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension.
    Ezra Pound, poet (1885-1972)

  • Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
    Aldous Huxley

  • I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
    Robert McCloskey

  • I am aware that no man is a villain in his own eyes.
    James Baldwin

  • "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
    Steven Weinberg

  • Saying that men talk about baseball in order to avoid talking about their feelings is the same as saying that women talk about their feelings in order to avoid talking about baseball.
    Deborah Tannen

  • Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth—more than ruin—more even than death. ... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
    Bertrand Russell

  • The crucial disadvantage of aggression, competitiveness, and skepticism as national characteristics is that these qualities cannot be turned off at five o'clock.
    Margaret Halsey, novelist (1910-1997)

  • The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.
    Fran Lebowitz

  • To others we are not ourselves but a performer in their lives cast for a part we do not even know that we are playing.
    Elizabeth Bibesco

  • It is more fun to arrive at a conclusion than to justify it.
    -Malcolm Forbes

  • Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
    Robert Frost

  • True remorse is never just a regret over consequences; it is a regret over motive.
    Mignon McLaughlin, author (1915-)

  • Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
    Mark Twain

  • Nature neither cares about us nor ensures our survival. She's not liberal, conservative or cognizant of our vainglory and pettiness. Our survival as a species is strictly up to us.
    John Herman (letter to Time Magazine, April 13, 2007)

  • The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
    Arthur C Clarke, science fiction writer (1917- )

  • "Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary."
    Reinhold Niebuhr

  • "Commitment, by its nature, frees us from ourselves and, while it stands us in opposition to some, it joins us with others similarly committed. Commitment moves us from the mirror trap of the self absorbed with the self to the freedom of a community of shared values."
    Michael Lewis

  • The proper study of mankind is woman.
    Henry Adams

  • Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903), Maxims for Revolutionists

  • Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
    Isaac Asimov

  • Whenever morality is based on theology, whenever right is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and established.
    Ludwig Feuerbach, philosopher (1804-1872)

  • The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead.
    Robert Brault, software developer, writer (1972- )

  • We find comfort among those who agree with us, growth among those who don't. -
    Frank A. Clark, writer (1911- )

  • "We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore."
    Mark Twain

  • The true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject any thing, is not whether it have any evil in it; but whether it have more of evil, than of good. There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good. Almost every thing, especially of governmental policy, is an inseparable compound of the two; so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded.
    Abraham Lincoln

  • I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
    Thomas Paine

  • Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
    Carl Jung

  • If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
    George Bernard Shaw

  • Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
    W. Somerset Maugham

  • To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
    Aldous Huxley

  • Human beings are the only creatures who are able to behave irrationally in the name of reason.
    Ashley Montagu

  • Courage is the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.
    Mark Twain

  • When a lute is played, there is no previous store of playing that it comes from. When the music stops, it does not go anywhere else. It came into existence by way of the structure of the lute and the playing of the performer. When the playing ceases, the music goes out of existence.
    In the same way all the components of being, both material and nonmaterial, come into existence, play their part, and pass away.
    That which we call a person is the bringing together of components and their actions with each other. It is impossible to find a permanent self there. And yet there is a paradox. For there is a path to follow and there is walking to be done, and yet there is no walker. There are actions but there is no actor. The air moves but there is no wind. The idea of a specific self is a mistake. Existence is clarity and emptiness.
    Visuddhi Magga

  • If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture - that is immortality enough for me.
    Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

  • One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy. -
    E. B. White, writer

  • It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.
    G. K. Chesterton

  • It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
    Thomas Jefferson

  • Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
    John Maynard Keynes

  • "With breathtaking rapidity, we are destroying all that was lovely to look at and turning America into a prison house of the spirit. The affluent society, with relentless single-minded energy, is turning our cities, most of suburbia and most of our roadways into the most affluent slum on earth."
    Eric Sevareid

  • "If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates."
    Jay Leno

  • A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion.
    Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
    Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

  • "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ... You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
    Eleanor Roosevelt

  • We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.
    Edward R. Murrow, journalist (1908-1965)

  • You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.
    Moses ben Maimon, philosopher (1135-1204)

  • The Founding Fathers and presidents down the ages have believed in a God who brought forth the heavens and the earth, and who gave humankind the liberty to believe in Him or not, to love Him or not, to obey Him or not. God had created man with free will, for love coerced is no love at all, only submission. That is why the religious should be on the front lines of defending freedom of religion.
    Our finest hours—the Revolutionary War, abolition, the expansion of the rights of women, hot and cold wars against terror and tyranny, Martin Luther King Jr.'s battle against Jim Crow—can partly be traced to religious ideas about liberty, justice, and charity. Yet theology and scripture have also been used to justify our worst hours—from enslaving people based on the color of their skin to treating women as second-class citizens.
    Jon Meacham, Newsweek

  • The most unhappy of all men is he who believes himself to be so.
    David Hume

  • Be like the bird, who halting in his flight /
    On limb too slight, /
    Feels it give way beneath him, yet sings /
    Knowing he has wings.
    Victor Hugo, writer (1802-1885)

  • Once upon a time a man whose ax was missing suspected his neighbor's son.
    The boy walked like a thief, looked like a thief, and spoke like a thief.
    But the man found his ax while digging in the valley, and the next time he saw his neighbor's son, the boy walked, looked and spoke like any other child.
    Lao-tzu, philosopher (6th century BCE)

  • You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.
    Anne Lamott, writer (1954- )

  • Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.
    - Arthur Schopenhauer

  • "I think I've discovered the secret of life --- you just hang around until you get used to it."
    - Charles Schulz

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