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2190 "Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth." [Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., 1860]

1617 "If we have that basic core and we have identified people, this was the power of every machine that has ever been in politics. You know, the Tammany Halls and Hague and the Chicago machine and the Byrd machine in Virginia and all the rest of them. They have identified a core of people who have bought into their values whatever they were, and they worked the election and brought out people to vote. The other people were diffuse and fragmented and they lost and the people that had the core won." Pat Robertson, Sept 13, 1997

1787 "The good, say the mystics of spirit, is God, a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive- a definition that invalidates man's consciousness and nullifies his concepts of existence...Man's mind, say the mystics of spirit, must be subordinated to the will of God... Man's standard of value, say the mystics of spirit, is the pleasure of God, whose standards are beyond man's power of comprehension and must be accepted on faith....The purpose of man's life...is to become an abject zombie who serves a purpose he does not know, for reasons he is not to question." [Ayn Rand, "For the New Intellectual"]

3134 There is no absurdity so obvious that it cannot be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to impose it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity." [Arthur Schopenhauer]

1461 "The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray." [Robert G. Ingersoll]

1836 Obey Psalms 137:9!

2476 "There are no gods in my coffee cup." [Tony Lawrence]

2091 "The churches beg -- and if we don't give them money, why, they take it anyway, forcibly, by means of this unjust state tax exemption." [E. Haldeman-Julius, "The Church Is a Burden, Not a Benefit, In Social Life"]

1475 "The conquering of fear is the beginning of wisdom" [Bertrand Russell]

1025 "No deity will save us, we must save ourselves. Promises of immortal salvation or fear of eternal damnation are both illusory and harmful." -- Humanist Manifesto II, Prometheus Books, 1973

496 "Experience is not what happens to you; its what you do with what happens to you." - NW

3768 "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."

3143 "Same religion that saves - Damns You" [Sepultura]

873 "So the universe is not quite as you thought it was. You'd better rearrange your beliefs, then. Because you certainly can't rearrange the universe." -- Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg _Nightfall_

1761 "In the infancy of new religions, the wise and learned commonly esteem the matter too inconsiderable to deserve their attention or regard. And when afterwards they would willingly detect the cheat, in order to undeceive the deluded multitude, the season is now past, and the records and witnesses, which might clear up the matter, have perished beyond recovery." [David Hume, "Of Miracles"]

1237 "What suggests to non-Evangelical scholars that the resurrection narratives contain legendary accounts? First there is a variety of apparent contradictions in the stories which in any ancient narrative would have to arouse the historian's suspicion." Robert M. Price, Beyond Born Again, p. 75.

817 "The idea of God implies the abdication of human reason and justice; it is the most decisive negation of human liberty and necessarily ends in the enslavement of mankind in both theory and practice. He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity." -- Bakunin

3491 "It is necessary to distinguish between the virtue and the vice of obedience." [Lemuel K. Washburn, _Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays_, 1911]

165 "It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God." -- Albert Einstein

2961 "There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that sanctifies the separation of church and state." [Pat Robertson]


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