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Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge; and its nature is sinned against when it is drowned in ignorance.
William E. Channing
Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth.
Edwin Hubbell Chapin
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.
G. K. Chesterton
The job of the evangelist is never easy.
Ben Chifley (Prime Minister of Australia, 1945-49)
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.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
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)
When you have no basis of argument, abuse the plaintiff.
Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C Clarke
It is wrong always, everywhere and for everyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
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
Learning without thinking is useless. Thinking without learning is dangerous.
Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.
I suffered from chronic hypochondria for years. Eventually I went to a naturopath and was cured with a course of broad-spectrum placebos.
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.
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.
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
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.
I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose.
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge; it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutory pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path toward errors is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.
I have steadily endeavored to keep my mind free so as to give up any hypothesis, however much beloved by me, as soon as the facts are shown to be opposed to it.
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.
Science is the disinterested search for the objective truth about the material world.
I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction.
Faith is one of the world's great evils, comparable to the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate.
There's nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view I hold dear.
I am a philosopher, not a scientist, and we philosophers are better at questions than answers.
I can doubt everything, except one thing, and that is the very fact that I doubt.
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when open.
Scottish distiller Thomas Dewar
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
Philip K Dick
"Faith" is a fine invention
When Gentlemen can see -
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency.
Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it.
Skepticism is the first step toward truth.
Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
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.
All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone's feelings.
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.
Those who fear the facts will forever try to discredit the fact-finders.
There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave.
[Science is] a series of judgements, revised without ceasing.
Pierre Emile Duclaux
If two things don't fit, but you believe both of them, thinking that somewhere, hidden, there must be a third thing that connects them, that's credulity.
Credulity is belief in slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence.
Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgements of all kinds remain necessary.