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Meditation 977
Quotations LIII

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.  Marlene Dietrich

This is an occasional selection of quotations mostly, but not entirely, relevant to agnosticism, rationalism, and free thought. This is the fifty-third in an apparently unending series. Suggestions for previously unused quotations are always welcome.

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  1. It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. Mahatma Gandhi

  2. The meaning of life? I can't tell you what it is but I can tell you what it is not. The meaning of life is not going around imposing your interpretation of the meaning of life on others. John Tyrrell

  3. If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. Rene Descartes

  4. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Helen Keller

  5. There is a remote tribe that worships the number zero. Is nothing sacred? Les Dawson

  6. Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace. Oscar Wilde

  7. Question with boldness even the existence of a god because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear. Thomas Jefferson

  8. Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of the phenomenally unlikely payoffs. Scott Adams

  9. Don't be afraid of those who own and read many books. Be afraid of those with only one book which they consider holy. Persian proverb

  10. Fundamentalism isn't about religion. It's about power. Salman Rushdie

  11. You can safely assume that you've created god in your own image when it turns out that god hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott

  12. Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. Frederick Douglass

  13. Stupidity has a certain charm. Ignorance does not. Frank Zappa

  14. I would have made a good pope. Richard Nixon

  15. The truth, as always, will be far stranger. Arthur C. Clarke

  16. If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank. Woody Allen

  17. When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life. Sigmund Freud

  18. The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church. Ferdinand Magellan

  19. The world holds two classes of men - intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence. Abu Ala Al-Ma'arri

  20. It is a worthy thing to fight for one's freedom. It is another sight finer to fight for another man's. Mark Twain