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963 "I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo Galilei

1153 "As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree' -- probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on." -- Woody Allen

2878 "So why are they having such a good time? Probably because they wouldn't think of worrying about rules that seem absurd, anachronistic or -- at best -- unrealistic. Yet this same modern-day couple could easily be among the millions of Americans who never hesitate to lean on the Bible to justify their own anti-gay attitudes." [from `And Say Hi To Joyce' by lesbian columnist Deb Price]

1956 "Since the Bible and the church are obviously mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust them to tell us where we are going?" [Anonymous]

2984 "The conquering of fear is the beginning of wisdom" [Bertrand Russell]

3678 "Does God ever wonder if he has a higher purpose than how he relates to human beings?"

228 "Criminal: A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation." -- Clarence Darrow

1400 "Why is it that almost every human culture yet discovered has found it necessary to believe in an afterlife of some sort, but not a 'before-life?' Why are there so many versions of Heaven, Paradise and The Great Beyond, but almost none about The Great Before ..." Judith Hayes, "Where Were You Before You Were You?"

641 "I used to be Irish catholic, now I'm American. You know, you grow" -- George Carlin

1685 "If the fundamentalists are right, then all the cool people are in Hell!" Jeffery Jay Lowder

599 "It has always seemed absurd to suppose that a God would choose for his companions, during all eternity, the dear souls whose highest and only ambition is to obey." -- R.G. Ingersoll

1807 A preacher's wife proofread his Sunday sermon and wrote next to one paragraph: "Weak point--shout loud".

3285 "Strange...a God who could make good children as easily as bad, yet preferred to make bad ones; who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short; mouths Golden Rules and forgiveness multiplied seventy times seven and invented Hell; who mouths morals to other people and has none himself; who frowns upon crimes yet commits them all; who created man without invitation, then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man's acts upon man, instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself; and finally with altogether divine obtuseness, invites this poor, abused slave to worship him!" [Mark Twain]

3547 "I still went to church regularly, though, until I was eighteen years old. Then suddenly, the light bulb went on over my head. All the mindless morbidity and discipline was pretty sick - bleeding this, painful that and no meat on Friday. What is this shit?" [Frank Zappa]

3549 "The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own." [Frank Zappa]

864 "Socrates: You are wise if you admit you know nothing. DeCartes: Only the Wise can know Anything. Sartre: you're an asshole if you think you are Wise."

799 sign at a travel agency "Welcome ... Please Go Away"

3359 "A dogma is the hand of the dead on the throat of the living." [Lemuel K. Washburn, _Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays_]

974 "Did I remember to feed my cat?" -- Erwin Schrödinger

3731 "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof."


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