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I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.

Dr. Viktor E. Frankl
Man's Search for Meaning

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed - and hence clamorous to be led to safety - by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H. L. Mencken

Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing.

George Orwell

...the devil we blame our atrocities on is really just each one of us. So don't expect the end of the world to come one day out of the blue - it's been happening every day for a long time.

Marylin Manson

Knowledge [is] something that has always stood in the way of religous tyranny.

Mark Edmondson

The origin of all science is the desire to know causes, and the origin of all false science and imposture is the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to acknowledge our own ignorance.

William Hazlitt

The aim of those who try to control thought is always the same. They find one single explanation of the world, one system of thought and action that will (they believe) cover everything; and then they try to impose that on all thinking people.

Gilbert Highet

By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing; but instead of nonchalantly promenading our own corruption, we exude our sweat and grow winded upon the fetid air.

E. M. Cioran

Fear the faith that's not the shape of your soul.

Common Bonds

...if one thing frightens people, it is that so much happens, on earth and out in space, the reasons for which seem somehow to escape them, and they fill in the gap by putting it down to the gods.


One thing is made of another, and nature allows no new creation except at the price of death.


Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion go hand in hand.

Bertrand Russell

Many people have the reasoning facility, but no one uses it in religious matters.

Mark Twain

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.

John Maynard Keynes

The tendency has always been strong to believe that whatever received a name must be an entity or being, having an independent existence of its own. And if no real entity answering to the name could be found, men did not for that reason suppose that none existed, but imagined that it was something peculiarly abstruse and mysterious.

John Stuart Mill

Ours is the age which is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.

Howard Mumford Jones

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a time of moral crisis, remain neutral.

Dante Alighieri

To be born in imbecility, in the midst of pain and crisis; to be the plaything of ignorance, error, need, sickness, wickedness, and passions; to return step by step to imbecility, from the time of lisping to that of doting; to live among knaves and charlatans of all kinds; to die between one man who takes your pulse and another who troubles your head; never to know where you come from, why you come and where you are going! That is what is called the most important gift of our parents and nature. Life.

Denis Diderot

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.

Saul Bellow

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.

John F. Kennedy

Human beings never think for themselves... For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told--and become upset if they are exposed to any different view. The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity... We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists. Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion.

Michael Crichton
The Lost World

There is no other life; life itself is only a vision and a dream for nothing exists but space and you. If there was an all-powerful God, he would have made all good, and no bad.

Mark Twain

Every living thing is a sort of imperialist, seeking to transform as much as possible of its environment into itself.

Bertrand Russell

You can educate yourself right out of a relationship with God.

Tammy Faye Bakker

The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force.

Adolf Hitler

The Devil's strategy for our times is to trivialize human existence and isolate us from one another while creating the delusion that the reasons are time pressures, work demands or economic anxieties.

Philip Zimbardo

Should we be obeying some old piece of paper or should we make our own decisions?

Arthur, Misfortune Teller

To be patriotic, hate all nations but your own; to be religious, all sects but your own; to be moral, all pretenses but your own.

Lionel Strachey

... reason accepts no commandments.

Ayn Rand

In those parts of the world where learning and science has prevailed, miracles have ceased; But in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue.

Ethan Allen

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.

Ludwig Borne

People want to be at the center of the Universe...and they're going to flock to anybody who tells them that.

Victor J. Stenger

... these highly exalted "linchpins," particularly in the Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions, are nothing more than a carrot-and-stick approach to "morality." Do good or else! Goodness is not promoted for its own sake. It is promoted as a means of avoiding God's wrath and damnation. This is the antithesis of morality. You're doing something good solely because you're afraid of what might happen to you (frying in hell) if you don't. You're looking out for Number One---pure selfishness---the opposite of truly moral behavior.

By contrast, those of us who don't believe there are any gods or devils snapping at our heels, do good simply because we feel compassion, and want to help. Surely this is truly moral behavior. We are seeking no spiritual rewards or brownie points for the hereafter. We just want to help.

Judith Hayes
Reading and 'Riting and Revenge

The pleasure of hating, like a poisonous mineral, eats into the heart of religion, and turns it to rankling spleen and bigotry; it makes patriotism an excuse for carrying fire, pestilence, and famine into other lands: it leaves to virtue nothing but the spirit of censoriousness, and a narrow, jealous, inquisitorial watchfulness over the actions and motives of others. What have the different sects, creeds, doctrines in religion been but so many pretexts set up for men to wrangle, to quarrel, to tear one another in pieces about, like a target as a mark to shoot at?

William Hazlit
On the Pleasure of Hating

Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. From what I've tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if the world should perish twice, I think I know enough of hate, to say that for destruction, ice is also great, and would suffice.

Robert Frost

The path of excess leads to the tower of wisdom.

William Blake
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

We need not fear those who do evil in the name of evil, but Heaven protect us from those who do evil in the name of good.

Arthur C. Adams

No one holds command over me. No man. No god. No Prince. What is a claim of age for ones who are immortal? What is a claim of power for ones who defy death? Call your damnable hunt. We shall see whom I drag screaming to hell with me.

Hunter S Thompson

The mind is it's own place, and of itself can make a heaven of hell, and a hell of heaven.

John Milton
Paradise Lost

The bullet that will kill me has not yet been cast.

Napoleon Bonaparte

The only perfect circle on the human body is the eye. When a baby is born it's so perfect, but when it opens its eyes it's just blinded by the corruption and everything else is a downward spiral.

Richey Edwards, Manic Street Peachers

I believe that in your heart you already know something is profoundly wrong. When bartenders are responsible for drunk drivers' acts, and gunmakers are responsible for criminals' acts, and nobody is responsible for O. J. Simpson's acts, something is wrong.

Charlton Heston

Our minds are circumscribed by our immediate reality, but we stop short at the thought of it.

Matt Berry

Realist: The word means so many things to so many different people that it should never be used without the utmost care. Nevertheless, one might rashly put up the word now and then as a farmer puts up a scarecrow, in the hope that ungrounded minds might fly elsewhere.

Matt Berry

What upsets me is not that you lied to me, but that from now on I can no longer believe you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

There was a hole inside his soul a manicure could not fill
so he found himself a whore to love
while daisies choked in the window sill.

He sewed his eyes shut because he is afraid to see,
He tries to tell me what I put inside of me,
He's got the answers to ease my curiosity,
He dreamed a god up and called it christianity.

Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor)
The Downward Spiral

Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.

H. L. Mencken

Men always try to make virtues of their weaknesses. Fear of death and fear of life both become piety.

H. L. Mencken

What sort of meaning would you like [life] to have? Propose to me a meaning for life. Anything you want. Well, when people try to think of what the meaning of life is, they say 'Well, I think that we're all part of a plan, and [we're] working as if we were characters in a novel or a play, and we are all working towards a great fulfillment. One day, perhaps after we're dead, perhaps in the future life, there'll be a great gazoozie. There'll be a galuptious, glorious goodie at the end of the line, see? And that's what we're all for, see? To get in with that. And it will all be very, very important, because it won't be something trivial. It will be something extremely holy.' Well I say, 'What's your idea of something very holy?' Well, nobody really knows. You know, they think about church, and medieval artists who used to represent heaven in the form of everybody sitting in choir stalls. [It] looked insufferably dull. And when those little children sang hymns about those eternal sabbaths, it was a very depressing future, I can assure you.

Alan Watts