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Belief in the truth commences with the doubting of all those "truths" we once believed.
In heaven all the interesting people are missing.
Faith, indeed, has up to the present not been able to move real mountains ... But it can put mountains where there are none.
The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.
Digressions, objections, delight in mockery, carefree mistrust are signs of health; everything unconditional belongs in pathology.
Some claims deserve ridicule, and anything less falsely elevates them.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
The greater the ignorance, the greater the dogmatism.
When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
Is it more probable that nature should go out of her course or that a man should tell a lie? We have never seen, in our time, nature go out of her course. But we have good reason to believe that millions of lies have been told in the same time. It is therefore at least millions to one that the reporter of a miracle tells a lie.
To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason [...] is like giving medicine to the dead.
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.
I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.
Science is the only way of knowing - everything else is superstition.
For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken?
St Paul - 1 Corinthians 14:8,9
I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
St Paul - Acts 17:22
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
St Paul - Hebrews 11:1
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.
Write on my gravestone: "Infidel, Traitor." - infidel to every church that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people.
Sometimes you can see things happen right in front of your eyes and still jump to the wrong conclusions.
It's natural to think that living things must be the handiwork of a designer. But it was also natural to think that the sun went around the earth. Overcoming naïve impressions to figure out how things really work is one of humanity's highest callings.
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
All religion is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry
Edgar Allen Poe
It is the simple hypotheses of which one must be most wary; because these are the ones that have the most chances of passing unnoticed.
Thinking must never submit itself, neither to a dogma, nor to a party, nor to a passion, nor to an interest, nor to a preconceived idea, nor to whatever it may be, if not to facts themselves, because, for it, to submit would be to cease to be.
Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science.
Science must begin with myth and with the criticism of myth.
We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.
If we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.
I have insisted that we must be tolerant. But I also believe that this tolerance has its limits. We must not trust those anti-humanitarian religions which not only preach destruction but act accordingly. For if we tolerate them, then we become ourselves responsible for for their deeds.
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.
True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it.
Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good.
Science is best defined as a careful, disciplined, logical search for knowledge about any and all aspects of the universe, obtained by examination of the best available evidence and always subject to correction and improvement upon discovery of better evidence. What's left is magic. And it doesn't work.
The New Age? It's just the old age stuck in a microwave oven for fifteen seconds.
Coincidence is the science of the true believer.
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
I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do.
The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.
François de La Rochefoucauld
Broad-minded is just another way of saying a fellow's too lazy to form an opinion.
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
You could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's proved it doesn't exist!
J. K. Rowling
The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately
Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attibutable to science.
Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.
Fear is the main source of superstition & one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is beginning of wisdom.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
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