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Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious convictions

Blaise Pascal

(contributed by sharon)

I never knew what it exactly means: "to pray". Although there has been a time that I knew all prayers, litanies and formulas of the catholic religion by heart. I quickly realised that, just the "saying" of these texts wasn't "praying", but that there had to be more to do with it, and I didn't know what. I stopped thinking about it. Millions of hale mary's I've recited, but not one did I "pray". "Praying helps you get at ease," my grandmother said. I get at ease by watching the flames in an open fire. That "praying", just like staring into the flames, serves no purpose and leads to nothing, now is a part of my "knowledge of life", a heritage of my years in the Tjideng prisoner camp.

Jeroen Brouwers
Bezonken Rood

(contributed by Christophe)

Sleep! I feel the need of it, as never I thought any dwarf could , riding is tiring work. Yet my axe is restless in my hand. Give me a row of orc-necks and room to swing and all weariness will fall from me!

J. R. R. Tolkien
The Two Towers, Helm's Deep

It's amazing the advances we make in science, but the primitive uses we find for them.

Gil Grissom (William Peterson)

Orders shouted in an unknown, guttural tongue rose to the windows of the seemingly dead, deserted houses; while behind the fast-closed shutters eager eyes peered forth at the victors-masters now of the city, its fortunes, and its lives, by "right of war." The inhabitants, in their darkened rooms, were possessed by that terror which follows in the wake of cataclysms, of deadly upheavals of the earth, against which all human skill and strength are vain. For the same thing happens whenever the established order of things is upset, when security no longer exists, when all those rights usually protected by the law of man or of Nature are at the mercy of unreasoning, savage force. The earthquake crushing a whole nation under falling roofs; the flood let loose, and engulfing in its swirling depths the corpses of drowned peasants, along with dead oxen and beams torn from shattered houses; or the army, covered with glory, murdering those who defend themselves, making prisoners of the rest, pillaging in the name of the Sword, and giving thanks to God to the thunder of cannon--all these are appalling scourges, which destroy all belief in eternal justice, all that confidence we have been taught to feel in the protection of Heaven and the reason of man.

Guy de Maupassant
Boule de Suif

(contributed by James St. Don)

Everything we "know" from above [heaven], we know from down here [earth]. How can you take something like that seriously?

Steve Stevaert, Belgian Minister
'Recht Van Antwoord' [Right of Justification] , Belgian Talkshow

(contributed by Christophe)

O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hands that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds do I now prophesy
(Which like dumb mouths do ope their ruby lips
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue),
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use,
And dreadful objects so familiar,
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quartered with the hands of war;
All pity choked with customs of fell deeds:
And Caesar's spirit ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry 'Havoc' and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.

William Shakespeare
Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 1

Did you know there ain't no devil, it's just God when He's drunk.

Tom Waits

(contributed by Christy)

A peace that is truly permanent would be the same as a permanent war.

Georg Orwell

(contributed by Susan)

I'm all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.

Solomon Short

I am not an angry girl, but it seems I've got everyone fooled. Every time I say something they find hard to hear, they chalk it up to my anger and not to their own fear. Imagine you're a girl just trying to finally come clean, knowing full well they prefer you dirty and smiling.

Ani DiFranco

From one eye, there is one view, from many eyes, there is a conflict of views, and from that, the inevitable act of war is born, all from one view from one eye.

Jack McCullogh

(contributed by Len Wilderson)

There is no sin so painful, nor as conducive to calculated retribution, as a betrayal of trust.

Victor Tupangawa

(contributed by dante)

There is a chalk outline slowly being drawn around common sense and most people can't identify the victim.

Dennis Miller

(contributed by Jeffrey Prebeg Jr.)

World tensions have, if anything, increased in the quarter century since H.G. Wells uttered his glum warning: "There is no more evil thing on earth than race prejudice, none at all. I write deliberately -- it is the worst single thing in life now. It justifies and holds together more baseness, cruelty and abomination than any other sort of error in the world."

Sydney Harris

(contributed by matthew)

I feel like sometimes that I was born, that I'm not meant for this society because everyone here is a (expletive) hypocrite. Everybody says they believe in God but they don't do God's work. Everybody counteracts what God is really about. If Jesus was here, do you think Jesus would show me any love? Do you think Jesus would love me? I'm a Muslim, but do you think Jesus would love me... I think Jesus would have a drink with me and discuss... why you acting like that? Now, he would be cool. He would talk to me. No Christian ever did that and said in the name of Jesus even... They'd throw me in jail and write bad articles about me and then go to church on Sunday and say Jesus is a wonderful man and he's coming back to save us. But they don't understand that when he comes back, that these crazy greedy capitalistic men are gonna kill him again.

Mike Tyson

Life, like some grand mosaic slowly loses hold over time, and the fragile strands that connect the many different parts unravels. The universe is a mirror, fragile and reflective, and we all stand in awe of our own human vanity. Fools see the universe as linear, absolute, all knowing. The wise see the universe as chaotic, unknown, fragile. Only on the verge of infinity can one see the fall apart universe. Sadness is knowing that we all stand upon a universe with a cracked glass bottom, and in an instant we may all sink into oblivion. Everything falls apart. Empires rise and crumble as tin soldiers hold plastic banners of righteous intent, all soaked with the blood of innocents. Hands raise and fall to the deafening sound of a million questions all unanswered. Love is just another unfelt emotion, talked about but never seen in full bloom. Love is only rumor and hearsay in the fall apart universe. Eventually we all must stand upon the jagged glass of the broken boundaries and broken promises. We must all suffer the soul bleeding that follows as the tattered splinters dig deep.

Patrick Goins
The Fall Apart Universe

(contributed by Aeon)

The great questions of the day are not decided by speeches and majority votes, but by blood and iron.

Otto von Bismarck

(contributed by Brutus)

A truths that told with bad intent, beats all the lies you can invent.

William Blake

(contributed by Andrew)

Pacifisim is a privlidge of the affluent and lazy. Explain to a starving man that killing another man to eat is wrong.

Kerry Ridgley

(contributed by Kerry Ridgley)

Having morals is the weight of mankind.

Farah Moallin

Give me a nuclear weapon, and I will change the demographics of a city. Give me two, and I will change the demographics of the world.

Steven Navarro
Agenda Luleň

Anger must be the energy that has not yet found its fight channel.

Florida Scott-Maxwell

Not by speeches and majority votes are the great questions of the day decided, but by blood and iron.


(contributed by Wink)

A man can die but once; we owe God a death

William Shakespeare
Henry IV - Part II

(contributed by Ian Cornelius Lai)

Sum Ergo Cogito - I am, therefore I think.

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamer of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy

I am a little man and this is a little town but there must be a spark in a little man that can burst into flame.

John Steinbeck

O witches, O misery, O hate, to you has my treasure been entrusted! I contrived to purge my mind of all human hope. On all joy, to strangle it, I pounced with the strength of a wild beast. I called to the plagues to smother me in blood, in sand, misfortune was my God.

Jean Nicholas Arthur Rimbaud

The tragedy of it is that nobody sees the look of desperation on my face. Thousands and thousands of us, and we're passing one another without a look of recognition.

Henry Miller

It was Christianity which first painted the devil on the worlds walls; It was Christianity which first brought sin into the world. Belief in the cure which it offered has now been shaken to it's deepest roots; but belief in the sickness which it taught and propagated continues to exists.

Friedrich Nietzsche

I am filled with fear and tormented with terrible visions of pain. Everywhere people are hurting one another, the planet is rampant with injustices, whole societies plunder groups of their own people, mothers imprison sons, children perish while brothers war. O, woe.

Robert Anton Wilson
The Principia Discordia

Ye have locked yerselves up in cages of fear and, behold, do ye now complain that ye lack FREEDOM!

Robert Anton Wilson
The Principia Discordia

Ye have cast out yer brothers for devils and now complain ye, lamenting, that ye've been left to fight alone.

Robert Anton Wilson
The Principia Discordia

All Chaos was once yer kingdom; verily, held ye dominion over the entire Pentaverse, but today ye was sore afraid in dark coners, nooks, and sink holes.

Robert Anton Wilson
The Principia Discordia

O how the darkness do crowd up, one against the other, in ye hearts!
What fear ye more that what ye have wroughten?

Robert Anton Wilson
The Principia Discordia

You cannot undermine police authority and then complain about rising crime.

The Humanist says he does not believe in God because the supposed God behaves in a morally arbitrary way: allowing innocents to die, scoundrels to live, some to have wealth, others to be poor, some to be in pain, and others to be healthy. This, they say, is morally arbitrary, and does not fit with how they think a "real" God would behave. Then THEY get to play God, by deciding on the fate of the unborn child: will they let it live or kill it. This, they insist, is their moral "right". These two positions are completely contradictory, a thoroughly unreasonable philosophy for people who claim their philosophy is based entirely on reason.

Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.

Thomas Paine
The Age of Reason

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
The Age of Reason

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.

Thomas Paine
The Age of Reason

Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.

Friedrich Nietzsche

To exercise power costs effort and demands courage. That is why so many fail to assert rights to which they are perfectly entitled - because a right is a kind of power but they are too lazy or too cowardly to exercise it. The virtues which cloak these faults are called patience and forbearance.

Oscar Wilde

Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.

Oscar Wilde

Pure truth, like pure gold, has been found unfit for circulation because men have discovered that it is far more convenient to adulterate the truth than to refine themselves.

Charles Caleb Colton

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.


For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.

Charles Bukowski

Do not fear your enemies. The worst they can do is kill you. Do not fear friends. At worst, they may betray you. Fear those who do not care; they neither kill nor betray, but betrayal and murder exists because of their silent consent.

Bruno Jasienski

Heav'n hath no rage like love to hatred turn'd, nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd.

William Congreve

People reduced to the extremity of need are also driven to the utmost limits of their resources, and woe to any defenseless person who comes in their way. Work and wages, food and warmth, courage and goodwill - all is lost to them. The daylight dwindles into shadow and darkness enters their hearts; and within this darkness man seizes upon the weakness of woman and child and forces them into ignominy. No horror is then excluded. Desperation is bounded only by the flimsiest of walls, all giving access to vice and crime... they appear utterly depraved, corrupt, vile and odious; but it is rare for those who have sunk so low not to be degraded in the process, and there comes a point, moreover, where the unfortunate and infamous are grouped together, merged in a single fateful world. They are Les Miserables - the outcasts, the underdogs.

Victor Hugo