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Quote from: H.G. Wells, in The Discovery of the FutureWe look back through countless millions of years and see the great will to live struggling out of the intertidal slime, struggling from shape to shape and from power to power, crawling and then walking confidently upon the land, struggling generation after generation to master the air, creeping down into the darkness of the deep; we see it turn upon itself in rage and hunger and reshape itself anew, we watch it draw nearer and more akin to us, expanding, elaborating itself, pursuing its relentless inconceivable purpose, until at last it reaches us and its being beats through our brains and arteries...It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible to believe that all that the mind of man has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening...Out of our...lineage, minds will spring, that will reach back to us in our littleness to know us better than we know ourselves. A day will come, one day in the unending succession of days, when beings, beings who are now latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall stand upon this Earth as one stands upon a footstool, and shall laugh and reach out their hands amidst the stars.
Quote from: David AlbertThere is a deep and perennial and profoundly human impulse to approach the world with a DEMAND, to approach the world with a PRECONDITION, that what has got to turn out to lie at THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE, that what has got to turn out to lie at THE FOUNDATION OF ALL BEING, is some powerful and reassuring and accessible image of OURSELVES. It is precisely the business of resisting that demand, it is precisely the business of approaching the world with open and authentic wonder, and with a sharp, cold eye, and singularly intent upon the truth, that's called science.
Quote from: DiogenesHe has the most who is most content with the least
Quote from: Vernon HowardYou have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.
Quote from: Clarence DarrowWe are born and we die; and between these two most important events in our lives more or less time elapses which we have to waste somehow or other. In the end it does not seem to matter much whether we have done so in making money, or practicing law, or reading or playing, or in any other way, as long as we felt we were deriving a maximum of happiness out of our doings.
Quote from: Bertrand RussellAll who are not lunatics are agreed about certain things. That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than a slave. Many people desire those things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer. These people can be refuted by science: mankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy.
Quote from: Jorge Louis Borges, in [i]Pierre Menard[/i],Thinking, analyzing, inventing are not anomalous acts; they are the normal respiration of the intelligence.
Quote from: Thomas CarlyleI do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
Quote from: Edward AbbeyCivilization is Giordano Bruno facing death by fire; culture is the Cardinal Bellarmino, after ten years of inquisition, sending Bruno to the stake in the Campo di Fiori;
Quote from: Carl SaganLife is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this astounding universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy.
Quote from: punkerslut, in [i]Freethought Manifesto,Censorship is the tool of the tyrannical mind, ameliorating dissent of opinion and destroying liberty of conscience.
Quote from: Steve AllenIdeas have consequences, and totally erroneous ideas are likely to have destructive consequences.
Quote from: Carl SaganIf we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.
Quote from: Carl SaganIt is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
Quote from: Isaac AsimovHumanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
Quote from: [b]Barbara Smoker, former president of the [i]National Secular Society[/i][/b],The point is surely that the only kind of unremitting negativism is apathy, not attack. Everthing that is attacked has its obverse 'positive' side. If you are against war, you are for peace; if you are against priveledge, you are for equality; if you are against censorship, you are for freedom of speech; if you are against superstition, you are for reason; if you are against humbug, you are for honesty; and if you are against mystical obscurantism, you are for freethought.
Quote from: John AdamsThe United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature...[In] the formation of the American governments...it will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of heaven...These governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.
QuoteOf all deceivers who have plagued mankind, none are [sic] so deeply ruinous to human happiness as those impostors who pretend to lead by a light above nature. Science has never killed or persecuted a single person for doubting or denying its teachings, and most of these teachings have been true; but religion has murdered millions for doubting or denying her dogmas, and most of these dogmas have been false.
Quote from: Jane AdamsThe child becomes largely what it is taught; hence we must watch what we teach it, and how we live before it.
Quote from: AristotleIt is the mark of an educated man to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Quote from: George OrwellAny attack on intellectual liberty, and on the concept of objective truth, threatens in the long run every department of thought.
Quote from: Hannah ArendtThere are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.
Quote from: George WillThe principle upon which all intellectual freedom depends is this: THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH OFFENDING SOMEONE IN THE PURSUIT OF TRUTH.
Quote from: John Stuart Mill, in [i]Essay on Liberty[/i] (Library of Liberal Arts edition, p.13),The object of this Essay is to assert one very simple principle, as entitled to govern absolutely the dealings of society with the individual in the way of compulsion and control, whether the means used be physical force in the form of legal penalties, or the moral coercion of public opinion. That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise, or even right. These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil, in case he do otherwise. To justify that, the conduct from which it is desired to deter him must be calculated to produce evil to someone else. The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.
Quote from: H.L. MenckenDo not attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity
QuoteDo not believe in anything (simply) because you have heard it.Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumoured by many.Do not believe anything (simply) because it is found in your religious books.Do no believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.But after observation and analysis when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all then accept it and live up to it.
QuoteIf it is not truthful and not helpful, don't say it.If it is truthful and not helpful, don't say it.If it is not truthful yet helpful, don't say it.If it is truthful and helpful, wait for the right time.
Quote from: Alan Bloom, in [i]The Closing of the American Mind[/i], 1987,Freedom of the mind requires not only, or not even specially, the absence of legal constraints but the presence of alternative thoughts. The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to ensure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities.
Quote from: VoltaireOur wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those showing a new road.
Quote from: Andrew BernsteinEach one of us has the power - and must develop the will - to be the hero of his own life. We believe in goals, in purposes, in acheivement and in the joy of living.
Quote from: W. I. B. Beveridge, in [i]The Art of Scientific Investigation[/i], 1950,Hypothesis is a toll which can cause trouble if not used properly. We must be ready to abandon our hypothesis as soon as it is shown to be inconsistent with the facts.
Quote from: W. I. B Beveridge, [i]The Art of Scientific Investigation[/i], 1950,Cultivate an intellectual habit of subordinating one's opinions and wishes to objective evidence and a reverence for things as they really are.
Quote from: David K. Berninghausen, in [i]Arrogance of the Censor[/i], 1982,In order to get the truth, conflicting arguments and expressions must be allowed. There can be no freedom without choice, no sound choice without knowledge.
Quote from: Henry Ward BeecherThere is a tonic in the things that men do not love to hear. Free speech is to a great people what the winds are to oceans...and where free speech is stopped miasma is bred, and death comes fast.
Quote from: Frederick DouglassI 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 abhorrance.
Quote from: Alan Barth, in [i]The Loyalty of Free Men[/i], 1951,Thought that is silenced is always rebellious. Majorities, of course, are often mistaken. This is why the silencing of minorities is necessarily dangerous. Criticism and dissent are the indespensible antidotes to major delusions.
Quote from: Marie CurieNothing in this life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
Quote from: Rich CookProgramming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
Quote from: Henry Brooks AdamsYou can't use tact with a Congressman! A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout!
Quote from: Steve AllenOurs is a government of checks and balances. The Mafia and crooked businessmen make out checks, and the politicians and other compromised officials improve their bank balances.
Quote from: Will RogersDiplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggie" until you can find a rock.
Quote from: Clarence DarrowI have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.
Quote from: Isaac AsimovThe saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Quote from: Jorge Louis BorgesTime is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.
Quote from: C.D. Darlington, in 1948,We need a Ministry of Disturbance; a regulated source of annoyance; a destroyer of routine; an underminer of complacency.
Quote from: Ecclesiastes 5:10Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
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