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Meditation 117
Quotations VIII

"I hate quotations, tell me what you know." Ralph Waldo Emerson.

But as some people do like quotations and think they can be useful in succinctly communicating an opinion, we will post a selection occasionally. This is the eighth in an ongoing series.

  1. You see, one thing is, I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I'm not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we're here... Richard Feynman
  2. In politics, stupidity is not a handicap. Napoleon Bonaparte
  3. Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more. Mark Twain
  4. The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. Aristotle
  5. You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough. William Blake
  6. Against stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich von Schiller
  7. It's very, very easy not to be offended by a book. You just have to shut it. Salman Rushdie
  8. You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind. Timothy Leary
  9. To be conscious you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge. Benjamin Disraeli
  10. 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
  11. The many instances of forged miracles, and prophecies, and supernatural events, which, in all ages, have either been detected by contrary evidence, or which detect themselves by their absurdity, prove sufficiently the strong propensity of mankind to the extraordinary and marvellous, and ought reasonably to begat a suspicion against all relations of this kind. David Hume
  12. Do unto others: How much deeper into religion do we need to go? Jack Nicholson
  13. Religion has not civilized man, man has civilized religion. Robert Green Ingersoll
  14. Religion is a fashionable substitute for Belief. Oscar Wilde
  15. Organized religion is like organized crime; it preys on people's weakness, generates huge profits for its operators, and is almost impossible to eradicate. Mike Hermann
  16. God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air conditioning. Imamu Amiri Baraka
  17. Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. Isaac Asimov
  18. Beware of the man whose God is in the skies. George Bernard Shaw
  19. Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child cannot be a true system. Thomas Paine
  20. Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous. David Hume