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1827 It will be generally found that those who sneer habitually at human nature and affect to despise it are among its worst and least pleasant examples.

2132 "If you pray hard enough, you can make water run uphill. How hard? Why, hard enough to make water run uphill, of course!" [Robert A. Heinlein]

3120 "Martyrdom is the only way in which a person with no ability can become great." [George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)]

678 "Ubi dubium ibi liberts (Where there is doubt, there is freedom)" -- Latin proverb

264 "many of lifes failures are people that did not realise how close they were to success before they gave up. "

3545 "The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own." [Frank Zappa]

3129 "The central problem of Christianity is: if the Messiah has come, why is the world so evil? For Judaism, the problem is: if the world is so evil, why does the Messiah not come?" [Seymour Siegel]

2426 "radical antiabortion groups like Operation Rescue and Rescue America have to be dealt with as domestic terrorists as deadly as the ones who blew up the World Trade Center and as fanatic as the cultists in Waco. " [John Laws]

3009 "One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. it is simply too painful to acknowledge -- even to ourselves -- that we've been so credulous. (So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise.)" [Carl Sagan, "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection,"]

2814 "Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proven innocent." [George Orwell]

1113 "Commerce makes friends, religion makes enemies; the one enriches, and the other impoverishes; the one thrives best where the truth is told, the other where falsehoods are believed." -- R.G. Ingersoll

2971 "It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no reason whatsoever for supposing it to be true." [Bertrand Russell]

2 "God isn't as great as you think. Hes just got good marketing."

3085 "It's very healthy for a young girl to be deterred from promiscuity by fear of contracting a painful, incurable disease, or cervical cancer, or sterility, or the likelihood of giving birth to a dead, blind, or brain-damage [sic] baby even ten years later when she may be happily married." [Phyllis Schlafly]

166 "The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshiped anything but himself." -- Richard Burton

1609 "For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart.' ...Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe...God choose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise." Paul, 1 Corinthians 1:18-27

2691 "Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat." [John Morley]

1316 "Such an act can be neither verified (nor falsified) on the basis of empirical data, by facts established by historical investigation. His death as redepmtive event was not an act visible to the disinterested observer. All such mythological acts lie outside the purview of the empirical sciences and hence of the historian." Robert W. Funk, Honest to Jesus (San Fransisco: Polebridge Press, 1996), p. 51.

490 "Never build a dungeon you wouldn't be happy to spend the night in yourself. The world would be a happier place if more people remembered that." - Terry Pratchett

342 "Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it." -- John Adams


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