Quotes

Critical Thinking

Skepticism is the first step toward truth. 
–Denis Diderot

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones. –
John Maynard Keynes

He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave.
 –William Drummond

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. — Albert Einstein

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. –Philip K. Dick

A thing is not proved just because no one has ever questioned it. What has never been gone into impartially has never been properly gone into. Hence skepticism is the first step toward truth. It must be applied generally, because it is the touchstone. –
Denis Diderot

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. –
Martin Luther King Jr

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.
 –Richard Feynman

A scientist seeks the truth, wherever that may lead. A believer already knows the truth, and cannot be swayed no matter how compelling the evidence. –
Author Unknown

But what a fool believes he sees, no wise man has the power to reason away. –
McDonald/Loggins

Ridicule may lawfully be employed where reason has no hope of success
. –Ed Brayton

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
 –Anatole France

That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer. –
Jacob Bronowski

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. –
Voltaire

It is impossible to reason someone out of something that he did not reason himself into in the first place. –
Jonathon Swift

Doubt grows with knowledge. –
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Most people would die sooner than think; in fact, they do so. –
Bertrand Russell

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. –
Galileo Galilei

You can fool too many of the people too much of the time. –
James Thurber

That which can be destroyed by the truth, should be.
 –P. C. Hodgell

It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.
 –James Thurber

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
 –Bertrand Russell

The curse of man, and cause of nearly all of his woes, is his stupendous capacity for believing the incredible.
 –H. L. Mencken

The hard but just rule is that if the ideas don’t work, you must throw them away. Don’t waste any neurons on what doesn’t work. Devote those neurons to new ideas that better explain the data. Valid criticism is doing you a favor. –
Carl Sagan

For, to speak truly, that superstition has extended itself through all nations, and has oppressed the intellectual energies of all men, and has betrayed them into endless imbecilities.
 –Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)

Learning without thinking is useless. Thinking without learning is dangerous.
 –Confucius

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite. –
Bertrand Russell

Broad-minded is just another way of saying a fellow’s too lazy to form an opinion.
 –Will Rogers

Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality. –
Bertrand Russell

For it is the natural tendency of the ignorant to believe what is not true. In order to overcome that tendency it is not sufficient to exhibit the true;it is also necessary to expose and denounce the false.
 –H. L. Mencken

Evidence

A habit of basing convictions upon evidence, and giving to them only that degree of credibility which the evidence warrants, would, if it became general, cure the world from most of the ills from which it is suffering.
 –Bertrand Russell

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. –
Carl Sagan

In science, ‘fact’ can only mean ‘confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.’ I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
 –Stephen Jay Gould

That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence
. –Christopher Hitchens

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
 –Aldous Huxley

When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir? –
John Maynard Keynes

It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong.
 –John Maynard Keynes

The correct scientific response to something that is not understood must always be to look harder for the explanation, not give up and assume a supernatural cause. –
David Attenborough

It is wrong always, everywhere and for everyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
 –W.K. Clifford

It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatsoever for supposing it is true.
 –Bertrand Russell

Not until the empirical results are exhausted need we pass on to the dreamy realms of speculation
. –Edwin Hubble

If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: For it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion. –
David Hume

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence. –
David Hume

No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavours to establish.
 –David Hume

Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all. –
Charles Babbage

The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss, and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other.
 –Francis Bacon

The enemy of knowledge and science is irrationalism, not religion. –
Stephen Jay Gould

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another. –
John Burroughs

When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.
 –James Whitcomb Riley

The better a man knows the truth, the less he is likely to condemn. –
Sebastian Castellio

The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work.
 –John von Neumann

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones. –
Bertrand Russell

On Sciences

Science is organized knowledge. –
Herbert Spencer

I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true. –
Carl Sagan

Truth in science can best be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one. –
Konrad Lorenz

[Science is] a series of judgements, revised without ceasing.
 –Pierre Emile Duclaux

Science is nothing but trained and organised common sense differing from the latter only as a veteran may differ from a raw recruit; and its methods differ from those of common sense only as far as the guardsman’s cut and thrust differ from the manner in which a savage wields his club. –Thomas Henry Huxley

True science teaches, above all, to doubt and to be ignorant.
 –Miguel de Unamuno

[Science is] the desire to know causes.
 –William Hazlitt

[Science is] the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.
 –Thomas Hobbes

It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.
 –Konrad Lorenz

There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance. –
Hippocrates

The great tragedy of science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
 –Thomas Henry Huxley

Science is the disinterested search for the objective truth about the material world. –
Richard Dawkins

The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions.
 –Claude Levi-Strauss

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t. –
Pete Seeger

Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgements of all kinds remain necessary.
 –Albert Einstein

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. –Albert Einstein

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
 –Adam Smith

The compass that today guides this timeless endeavour is scientific inquiry. It is science that gazes outward, providing the grand questions that challenge us to journey farther and farther from home. But it is also science that peers inward, exploring previously inaccessible areas of the Earth, and asking the practical questions that help us to make Earth safer, protect our citizens, and expand our economy.
 –NASA Roadmap “Exploring our Planet for the Benefit of Society”, 2005

Science is the only way of knowing – everything else is superstition.
 –Robert Park

Perfect as the wing of a bird may be, it will never enable the bird to fly if unsupported by the air. Facts are the air of science. Without them a man of science can never rise.
 –Ivan Pavlov

Thought-provocation

So you’re offended. So fucking what? –
Stephen Fry (talking about religious objections to free speech)

Never argue with an idiot. The best outcome you can hope for is that you won an argument with an idiot.
 –Anonymous

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief
. –Gerry Spence

In the final tolling it often turns out that the facts are more comforting than the fantasy. –
Carl Sagan

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do. –
Voltaire

Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for – because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything. –
Peter Marshall

Whoever is still seeking for miracles so that he may believe is himself a wonder, who does not believe while the world around him does
. –Saint Augustine

If you don’t think too good, don’t think too much.
 –Yogi Berra

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.
 –Thomas Henry Huxley

Faith is believing what you know ain’t so. –
Mark Twain

The only good that I can see in the demonstration of the truth of “Spiritualism” is to furnish an additional argument against suicide. Better live a crossing-sweeper than die and be made to talk twaddle by a “medium” hired at a guinea a séance. –
Aldous Huxley

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. –
Oscar Wilde

When you have no basis of argument, abuse the plaintiff
. –Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)

The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not. –
Eric Hoffer

There’s a sucker born every minute. –
Joseph Bessimer (not Phineas T.  Barnum)

Heathen, n: A benighted creature who has the folly to worship something that he can see and feel.
 –Ambrose Bierce

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.
 –John Kenneth Galbraith

It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge. –
Arnold Glasgow

Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
 –Winston Churchill

Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
 –Thomas Carlyle

There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity
. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth.
 –Edwin Hubbell Chapin

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
 –Winston Churchill

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
 –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Faith” is a fine invention
When Gentlemen can see -
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency.
 –Emily Dickinson

I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures but with experiments and demonstrations.
 –Galileo Galilei

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
 –Dalai Lama

A man ceases to be a beginner in any given science and becomes a master in that science when he has learned that he is going to be a beginner all his life. –
Robin G. Collingwood

Other

Heaven wheels above you displaying to you her eternal glories and still your eyes are on the ground. –
Dante Alighieri

We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.
 –Marie Curie

You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religions. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, intelligent enough.
 –Aldous Huxley

Some people are like Slinkies. Not really good for anything but they bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
 –Anonymous

Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.
 –Jacob Bronowski

Truth exists. Only lies are invented. –Georges Braque

I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.
Marie Curie

Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.
No, not Thomas Jefferson – it was John Philpot Curran

The mob has no ruler more potent than superstition
. –Quintus Curtius Rufus

There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity. –
Robertson Davies

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
 –John Dewey

Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it.
 –Emily Dickinson

Men talk of heaven, – there is no heaven but here;
Men talk of hell, – there is no hell but here;
Men of hereafters talk, and future lives, -
O love, there is no other life – but here. –
Omar Khayyám

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
 –Denis Diderot

I would like to be remembered as a person who made trouble where trouble was needed. –
Studs Terkel

I have always observed that when people are interrupted in the performance of some egregious stupidity their feelings are hurt. –
Anthony Trollope

We are all born ignorant, but we must work hard to remain stupid. –
Benjamin Franklin

Four stages of acceptance:
i) this is worthless nonsense,
ii) this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view,
iii) this is true, but quite unimportant,
iv) I always said so. –J.B.S. Haldane

A man should never put on his best trousers when he goes out to battle for freedom and truth. –
Henrik Ibsen

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
 –Thomas Jefferson

The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.
 –Oliver Wendell Holmes

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible positions. –
Thomas Jefferson

Morality & Ethics

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant.
 –H. L. Mencken

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life, so aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
 –Henry David Thoreau

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. –
Dante Alighieri

There are causes worth dying for but none worth killing for. –
Albert Camus

The time is always right to do what is right. –
Martin Luther King Jr

In the name of noble purposes men have committed unspeakable acts of cruelty against one another. –
J. William Fullbright

Prejudice is opinion without judgment
. –Voltaire

You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.
 –Abbie Hoffman

Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself. –
Robert Ingersoll

There is nothing more unequal, than the equal treatment of unequal people.
 –Thomas Jefferson

Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof. –
Ashley Montague

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
 –Thomas Jefferson

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too
. –Voltaire

All it takes for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing. –
Edmund Burke

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. –
Evelyn Beatrice Hall, writing in a biography of Voltaire

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities
. –Voltaire

Indifference to evil is more insidious than evil itself. It is a silent justification affording evil acceptability in society.
 –Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Prejudices are what fools use for reason
. –Voltaire

We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.
 –Karl Popper

Atheism, Theism & Faith

Religion once ruled the world. It was called the Dark Ages.
 –Ruth Green

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. –
Stephen Roberts

Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.
 –Victor Stenger

Design must be proved before a designer can be inferred. –
Percy Bysshe Shelley

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. –
George Bernard Shaw

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. –
Arthur Schopenhauer

It is vain philosophy that supposes more causes than are exactly adequate to explain the phenomena of things. –
Percy Bysshe Shelley

No theory is too false, no fable so absurd, no superstition too degrading for acceptance when it has become imbedded in common belief. Men will submit themselves to torture and to death, mothers will immolate their children, all at the bidding of beliefs they thus accept.
 –Henry George (1839 – 1897)

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
 –Richard Dawkins

When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion
. –Robert M Pirsig

No man ever believes that the Bible means what IT says; he is always convinced that it says what HE means
. –George Bernard Shaw

In dark ages people are best guided by religion, as in a pitch-black night a blind man is the best guide; he knows the roads and paths better than a man who can see. When daylight comes, however, it is foolish to use blind, old men as guides.
 –Heinrich Heine

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
 –Aristotle

The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice. –
Arthur Schopenhauer

No man with any sense of humour ever founded a religion.
 –Robert Ingersoll

Writing science fiction for a penny a word is no way to make a living. If you really want to make a million, the quickest way is to start your own religion.
 –L. Ron Hubbard

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful. –
Seneca

Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me: ‘My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly.’ This stranger is a theologian. –
Denis Diderot

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
 –Thomas Jefferson

The notion that faith in Christ is to be rewarded by an eternity of bliss, while a dependence of reason, observation and experience meets everlasting pain, is to absurd for refutation, and can be relieved only by that unhappy mixture of insanity and ignorance, called faith
. –Robert Ingersoll

To hate men and worship God seems to be the sum of all creeds. –
Robert Ingersoll

The two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity. –
Friedrich Nietzsche

In every country and in every age the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot.
 –Thomas Jefferson

We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell.
 –Karl Popper

All religion is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. –
Edgar Allen Poe

Our ignorance is God; what we know is science. –
Robert Ingersoll

As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion.
 –Butterfly McQueen

I have therefore found it necessary to deny knowledge, in order to make room for faith. –
Immanuel Kant

I cannot conceive of a god who rewards and punishes his creatures or has a will of the kind we experience in ourselves. Neither can I nor would I want to conceive of an individual that survives his physical death; let feeble souls, from fear or absurd egotism, cherish such thoughts. I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and a glimpse of the marvellous structure of the existing world, together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the Reason that manifests itself in Nature.
 –Albert Einstein

Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
 –Friedrich Schiller

Faith, indeed, has up to the present not been able to move real mountains … But it can put mountains where there are none
. –Friedrich Nietzsche

The religions we call false were once true. –
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg
. –Thomas Jefferson

My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests. –
George Santayana

The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad
. –Friedrich Nietzsche

The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next
. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Either God wants to abolish evil and cannot, or he can but does not want to. If he wants to but cannot he is impotent. If he can but does not want to, he is wicked. If he neither can nor wants to, then he is both powerless and wicked. –
Epicurus, c300 BC

A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes
. –James Feibleman

Every sect as far as reason will help them, gladly use it; when it fails them, they cry out it is a matter of faith, and beyond reason.
 –John Locke

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
 –Thomas Jefferson

I count religion as but a childish toy, and hold that there is no sin but ignorance.
 –Christopher Marlowe

It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts that I do understand. –
Mark Twain

The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
 –Samuel Butler

Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience
. –George Santayana

The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason. –
Benjamin Franklin

Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle. Every prayer reduces itself to this: Great God, grant that twice two be not four. –
Ivan Turgenev

Believe me, the library is the temple of God. Education is the most sacred religion of all. –
Gene Simmons

Religion is the sigh of the suppressed creature, the feelings of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of unspiritual conditions. It is the opium of the people.
 –Karl Marx

Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious…It is corrupt, sinister and dangerous. It is corrupt because it is based on lies and deceit
. –Justice Latey

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
 –Jonathon Swift

I have carefully examined what a heretic means, and I cannot make it mean more than this: a heretic is a man with whom you disagree.
 –Sebastian Castellio

The prayers of the millions. How they must fight and destroy each other on the way to the throne of God.
 –John Steinbeck

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘Lord, make my enemies ridiculous!’ And God granted it.
 –Voltaire

We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the same sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
 –H. L. Mencken

God has no place within these walls, just as facts have no place within organized religion.
 –Superintendent Chalmers (The Simpsons)

Faith is one of the world’s great evils, comparable to the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate.
 –Richard Dawkins

The Bible. That is what fools have written, what imbeciles command, what rogues teach, and young children are made to learn by heart.
 –Voltaire

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.
 –G. K. Chesterton

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point. –
Friedrich Nietzsche

A cult is a religion with no political power. –
Tom Wolfe

Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.
 –Steven Weinberg

Science is the record of dead religions. –
Oscar Wilde

Belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence. –
Robert Anton Wilson

The more fantastic an ideology or theology, the more fanatic its adherents. –Edward Abbey

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. –Isaac Asimov

I don’t believe in God because I don’t believe in Mother Goose. –
Clarence Darrow

If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul. –
Isaac Asimov

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction. –
Richard Dawkins

Anyone who seeks for the true causes of miracles, and strives to understand natural phenomena as an intelligent being, and not to gaze at them like a fool, is set down and denounced as an impious heretic by those, whom the masses adore as the interpreters of nature and the gods. Such persons know that, with the removal of ignorance, the wonder which forms their only available means for proving and preserving their authority would vanish also.
 –Benedict da Spinoza

As to the book called the Bible, it is blasphemy to call it the word of God. It is a book of lies and contradictions, and a history of bad times and bad men. There are but a few good characters in the whole book.
 –Thomas Paine

The job of the evangelist is never easy.
 –Ben Chifley (Prime Minister of Australia, 1945-49)

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God. –
Lenny Bruce

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself. –
Sir Richard Francis Burton

Alternative Medicine

Penicillin cures pneumonia even if you’re in a coma, but alternative medicine only seems to work when you are awake. –
R. Barker Bausell

I suffered from chronic hypochondria for years. Eventually I went to a naturopath and was cured with a course of broad-spectrum placebos
. –M. Cullen

There must be some limit to the thing. It cannot go on to infinity. (Es muss ein Ende geben, es kann nicht bis ins Unendliche weitergehen). –
Samuel Hahnemann (to Dr Schreter, Sept 13th 1829, Writing about Homeopathic Dilutions)

The orthodox doctor treats what you have, and the alternative practitioner says you have what she treats. –
Rose Shapiro

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