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There will come a time when our silence will be louder than the voices you strangle today.

Albert Apies

Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty.

Stanislaw J. Lec

Have the courage to act instead of react.

Earlene Larson Jenks

Nothing is more tedious than the dreaming platitude.

Karl Marx

When the truth walks away, everybody stays
Cause the truth about the world is that crime does pay
So if you walk away, who is gonna stay
Cause I'd like to think the world is a better place

The Offspring
Have You Ever

No one assaults me with impunity.

Motto of the Black Watch (Scots elite guards)

The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth.

G. C. Lichtenberg

Do you believe in telepathy? No? Then what are you doing when you pray?

Reverend Charles Moore

Looked at sky through smoke heavy with human fat and God was not there. The cold, suffocating dark goes on forever and we are alone. Live our lives, lacking anything better to do; Devise reason later. Born from Oblivion, bear children, hell-bound as ourselves, go into Oblivion. There is nothing else. Existence is random; has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it too long; no meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not Fate that butchers them or Destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It's us. Only us.

Alan Moore

There are two kinds of light - the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.

James Thurber

No actual tyrant known to history has ever been guilty of one-hundredth of the crimes, massacres, and other atrocities attributed to the Deity in the Bible.

Steve Allen
More Steve Allen, on the Bible Religion & Morality

Naturally, since [the Sumerians] didn't know what caused the flood anymore than we do, they blamed the gods. (That's the advantage of religion. You're never short an explanation for anything.)

Isaac Asimov
The Last Man on Earth

Religious Cult: The church down the street from yours.

Johnny Hart
B. C.

The Believer had better face himself and ask squarely: Do I literally believe "God" has a penis? If the answer is no, then it seems only logical to drop the ridiculous practice of referring to "God" as "he."

Robert Anton Wilson

If the radiance of a thousand suns
Were to burst at once into the sky,
That would be like the splendor of the Mighty One...
I am become Death,
The shatterer of Worlds.

The Bhagavad-Gita

As a parent, I [also] realize what my role is in protecting my child from influences that might have a disturbing effect... I cannot sit back and hope that the government or some public interest groups will protect her; that responsibility is up to my wife and myself alone. As soon as we as a society abdicate our personal responsibility towards protecting and caring for our children we give up our basic freedoms as Americans; freedoms that have been hard fought and even harder won.

As parents, we must look into our own backyards and see what our children are doing and become more personally involved with their activities, ideas and friends.

Drew Markham, creator of Kingpin: Life of Crime

People the world over sleep peacably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

George Orwell

For some reason or other man looks for the miracle, and to accomplish it he will wade through blood. He will debauch himself with ideas, he will reduce himself to a shadow if for only one second of his life he can close his eyes to the hideousness of reality. Everything is endured--disgrace, humiliation, poverty, war, crime, ennui--in the belief that overnight something will occur, a miracle, which will render life tolerable.

Henry Miller
The Time of the Assassins

It's silly to go on pretending that under the skin we are all brothers. The truth is more likely that under the skin we are all cannibals, assassins, traitors, liars, hypocrites, poltroons.

Henry Miller

Question with boldness even the existence of a God, because if he exists, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blind-folded fear.

Thomas Jefferson

Why did I not die at birth; come forth from the womb and expire?

Job 3:11

There comes a time in every man's life when he's consumed by the desire to spit on his palms, hoist the black flag and start cutting throats.

Henry Louis Mencken

All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.

Aldous Huxley

I do not approve of a word you say but will defend to the death your right to say it.


A Christian is one who follows the teachings of Christ so long as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.

Ambrose Bierce

He who doesn't fear death dies only once.

Giovanni Falcone

Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business. ... I think all the religious leaders will forgive me because I think that's what religion's about. I haven't started any wars throughout time. Has religion?

Jesse Ventura

What sense or thought do they have? They follow the popular singers, and they take the crowd as their teacher.


I keep a conscience uncorrupted by religion, a judgment undimmed by politics and patriotism, a heart untainted by friendships and sentiments unsoured by animosities.

Ambrose Bierce

It is amazing how childishly gullible humans are. There are, for example, so many different religions - each of them claiming to have the truth, each saying that their truths are clearly superior to the truths of others - how can someone possibly take any of them seriously? I mean, that's insane. And such insanity concerns me, especially now that waves of lunacy are washing over the United States and the world in the form of millennial cults... The crazy thing is, according to traditional Christian dogma, the real millennium was four years ago, for Jesus was supposedly born circa 5 B.C.E. - so it's already 2004! Apparently some millennial nuts are blithely ignoring their own dogma.

Arthur C. Clarke

Keep the company of those who seek the truth, and run from those who have found it.

Vaclav Havel

Frankenstein took some flesh and bones and blood and made a man out of them; the man ran away and fell to raping and robbing and murdering everywhere, and Frankenstein was horrified and in despair, and said, "I made him, without asking his consent, and it makes me responsible for every crime he commits. I am the criminal, he is innocent." ... [That's exactly] the case of God and man... God made man, without man's consent, and made his nature, too; made it vicious instead of angelic, and then said, "Be angelic, or I will ill punish you and destroy you." But no matter, God is responsible for everything man does, all the same; He can't get around that fact. There is only one Criminal, and it is not man.

Mark Twain

There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.


When there are rational grounds for an opinion, people are content to set them forth and wait for them to operate. In such cases, people do not hold their opinions with passion; they hold them calmly, and set forth their reasons quietly. The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holder's lack of rational conviction.

Bertrand Russell

Sex and excretion are reminders that anyone's claim to round-the-clock dignity is tenuous. The so-called rational animal has a desperate drive to pair up and moan and writhe.

Steven Pinker

Is not all life pathetic and futile? ...We reach. We grasp. And what is left in our hands at the end? A shadow. Or worse than a shadow - misery.

Sherlock Holmes

There is nothing that can be said by mathematical symbols and relations which cannot also be said by words. The converse, however, is false. Much that can be and is said by words cannot successfully be put into equations, because it is nonsense.

C. Truesdell

Everyone wants to be foremost in this future-and yet death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future! How strange that this sole thing that is certain and common to all, exercises almost no influence on men, and that they are the furthest from regarding themselves as the brotherhood of death! It makes me happy to see that men do not want to think at all of the idea of death!

Friedrich Nietzsche

What good fortune for those in power that people do not think.

Adolf Hitler

Why should I live? Why should I do anything? Is there in life any purpose which the inevitable death that awaits me does not undo and destroy?

Leo Tolstoy

When the philosopher's argument becomes tedious, complicated, and opaque, it is usually a sign that he is attempting to prove as true to the intellect what is plainly false to common sense.

Edward Abbey

If you were taught that elves caused rain, every time it rained, you'd see the proof of elves.


Every religion seems like a fantasy to outsiders, but as holy truth to those of the faith.

Isaac Asimov

For those who fought for it, Freedom has a taste that the protected will never know.

Conroy Family War Memorial, Batesland SD

Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business.

Jesse Ventura
Playboy Magazine

Make it as close to the truth as you can, the better to make it a lie.

Marius De Romanus
The Vampire Armand

You're obliged to pretend and respect people and instituitions you think absurb. You live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions you despise, condemn and know lack all foundation. It is that permanent contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretenses of your civilization that make you sad, troubled and unbalanced. In that intolerable conflict you lose all joy if life and all felling of personality, becuase at every moment they supress and restain and check the free play of your powers. That's the poisoned and mortal wound of the civilized world.

Octave Mirbeau
The Torture Garden

There is a price to be paid for freedom... a slave has no options but a free person must choose a direction.

Like a withered leaf are you now; Death's messengers await you. You stand on the eve of your departure. Yet you have made no provisions for your journey.

Buddhist Scripture

It is fortunate for those in power that people do not think.

Adolf Hitler