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Nothing's beautiful from every point of view.


I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

Frederick Douglass

If you don't control your mind, someone else will.

John Allston

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

Michel de Montaigne

Men love their ideas more than their lives. And the more preposterous the idea, the more eager they are to die for it. And to kill for it.

Edward Abbey

We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we yearn for another that will be eternal.

Anatole France

The last 100 years of research into the human brain...sees the brain as an organ that works by physical principles just like the other organs in the body...our emotions and higher callings, such as religion, as well as our grubby low-level physical systems like stereo vision and motor control, are products of a machine...

Steven Pinker

It is difficult to imagine anyone having any real hopes for the human race in the face of the fact that the great majority of men still believe that the universe is run by a gaseous vertebrate of astronomical heft and girth, who is nevertheless interested in the minutest details of the private conduct of even the meanest man.

H. L. Mencken

There is no other word in the human language that is as meaningless and incapable of explanation as is the word 'God.'... It is the Alpha and Omega of Ignorance. It has as many meanings as there are minds. And as each person has an opinion of what the word God ought to mean, it is a word without premise, without foundation, and without substance... It is all things to all people, and is as meaningless as it is indefinable.

Joseph Lewis

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.

Albert Camus

To control and enslave the minds of men, all one must do is convince them that a secret exists, and that he is privy to information regarding that secret; hence the power of priests and psychics.

S. A. Smith

He who desires but acts not breeds pestilence.

William Blake

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.

Charlotte Bronte

Principles are as often as not an excuse to stop thinking about matters that are difficult because they require judgment, and, as such, principles often constitute a sort of moral cowardice.

Martin Wells

The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.

Mohandas Gandhi

I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed... I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

There are no warlike peoples -- just warlike leaders.

Ralph Bunche

War is at its best barbarism... Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have never fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.

General William Tecumseh Sherman
speech to the Michigan Military Academy, 1879

The tragedy of war is that it uses man's best to do man's worst.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't.

General George S. Patton Jr.

All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are the more they are frightened. The couragous man is the man who forces himself in spite of his fear to carry on.

General George Patton

The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.

William Westmoreland

Dig a hole in your back yard while it is raining. Sit in the hole until the water climbs up around your ankles. Pour cold mud down your shirt collar. Sit there for forty-eight hours, and, so there is no danger of your dozing off, imagine that a guy is sneaking around waiting for a chance to club you on the head or set your house on fire. Get out of the hole, fill a suitcase with rocks, pick it up, put a shotgun in your other hand, and walk on the muddiest road you can find. Fall flat on your face every few minutes as you imagine big meteors streaking down to sock you. After ten or twelve miles (remember, you are still carrying the shotgun and suitcase) start sneaking through the wet brush. Imagine that somebody has booby-trapped your route with rattlesnakes which will bite you if you step on them. Give some friend a rifle and have him blast in your direction once in a while. Snoop around until you find a bull. Try to figure out a way to sneak around him without letting him see you. When he does see you, run like hell all the way back to your hole in the back yard, drop the suitcase and shotgun, and get in. If you repeat this performance every three days for several months you may begin to understand why an infantryman sometimes gets out of breath. But you still won't understand how he feels when things get tough.

Bill Mauldin
Up Front

My hands are small, but they're not yours, they are my own... I am never broken.

Jewel Kilcher
Hands, Spirit

If God created us, and expects to worship him, we are nothing more than slaves.

Alexander Watson

Words mask the sincerity found in silence. Don't mistake my persistence for hesitance.

Juliet Pang

What I cannot create, I cannot understand.

Richard Feynman

History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.

James Joyce

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia)

Oh, what it is to live your life, when every day you fight the frost, knowing well the day will come when ice crawls up your spine, and lays you down, forever stiff, together with the cold.

Malachi Ex Sanguinus

Death makes angels of us all and put wings where we once had shoulders, smooth as raven's wings.

Jim Morrison

Democracy promotes Conformity, Conformity promotes Ignorance, Ignorance promotes Fear, and Fear promotes Hate. And they wonder why the country is at war with itself.

Mark A. Stromeyer

The voice of the people is the voice of God. (Vox populi vox dei.)

Thank you, your honour. You have completed Mahathir's plan. We will meet again in 2014 or earlier.

There has been no criminal trial in this court, only political persecution. The pronoucement of your judgement today was a mere formality, according to the preordained script of the conspirators.

This judgement has no legal basis. It does not disgrace me. It disgraces you and this nation of ours. Let the plotters plot all they want, for God is still the best of schemers.

Anwar Inbrahim

Men love war because it allows them to look serious. Because they imagine it is the one thing that stops women laughing at them. In it they can reduce women to the status of objects. That is the great distinction between the sexes: men see objects, women see the relationship between objects. Whether the objects need each other, love each other, match each other. [...] War is a psychosis caused by an inability to see relationships...

The Magus

Society has traditionally always tried to find scapegoats, well here I am.

Marilyn Manson

On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sit down to rest, and resting, died.

Following these faiths based on mythological figures insures the destruction of one's inner being. Organized religion destroys who we are by inhibiting our actions, by inhibiting our decisions, out of fear of some intangible parent figure who shakes a finger at us from thousands of years ago and says do it, do it, and I'll fucking spank you!


If your reality is the same as my reality, then you're in trouble.

Marilyn Manson

"My friend, "said Hugh, "I doubt even you could get Susanna in among the saints. She's placed herself far outside the reach of human mercy. And now I suppose you'll tell me roundly that God's reach is longer than man's"

"It had better be, "said Cadfael, "Otherwise we're all lost."

Ellis Peters
The Sanctuary Sparrow

Power grows out of the barrell of a gun.

Mao Zedong

I would like to thank a world that has never understood me, family and friends who never believed in me, and a god who must have one hell of a sense of humor, you have all made me what I am today. May that weigh heavily upon your consciences.

The Devil is an Angel too.

I hate it when all those people tell you, money is the root of all that kills. They have never been poor, they have never had the joy of a welfare christmas.

I Will Buy You a New Life

He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Life is a market full of streets, death is a merchant whom everyone meets.
If life was a thing money could buy, poor wouldn't live and rich wouldn't die.

In our Life there's If. In our beliefs there's Lie. In our business there is Sin, In our bodies, there is Die.

Megadeth, Countdown to Extinction,
This was my life, Dave Mustaine

I am Zarathustra the Godless: where shall I find my equal? All those who give themselves their own will and renounce all submission, they are my equals.

Friedrich Nietzsche

I have found God, but He is insufficient. I am only spiritually dead. Physically, I am alive. Morally, I am free. The world I leave behind is a menagerie. The dawn is breaking on a new world. A jungle world, in which the lean spirits roam with sharp claws. If I am a hyena, I am a lean and hungry one. I go forth to fatten myself.

Henry Miller
Tropic of Cancer

For neither man nor angel can discern Hypocrisy -- the only evil that walks invisible.

John Milton
Paradise Lost