Quotables

Each place has its own advantages – heaven for the climate, and hell for the society. — Mark Twain

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come — Unknown

Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come. — Matt Groenig

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for. As for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. — H.L. Mencken

Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable. — H.L. Mencken

Marines are guarding Disneyworld against baby terrorists. My sincerest condolences to writers of satire everywhere. — Tom Dennis

Life is much too important to be taken seriously. — Oscar Wilde

Do not be too moral. You might cheat yourself out of much life. Aim high above morality. Be not simply good. Be good for something. — Henry David Thoreau

In the long run, we only hit what we aim at. — Henry David Thoreau

We do not remember days; we remember moments. — Cesare Pavese

Whatever you are, be a good one. — Abraham Lincoln

To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. — Robert Heinlein

To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch…to know eve one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded! — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is not path and leave a trail. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance. — Bruce Barton

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away. — Unknown

The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well. — Joe Ancis

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it. You get ideas when you ask yourself simple questions. The most important of the questions is just, What if…? — Neil Gaiman

The Ideas aren’t the hard bit. They’re a small component of the whole. Creating believable people who do more or less what you tell them to is much harder. And hardest by far is the process of simply sitting down and putting one word after another to construct whatever it is you’re trying to build: making it interesting, making it new. — Neil Gaiman

What exactly is “viewer discretion?” If viewers had discretion, most television shows would not be on the air. — George Carlin

Where ideas are concerned, America can be counted on to do one of two things: take a good idea and run it completely into the ground, or take a bad idea and run it completely into the ground. — George Carlin

No one ever knows what’s next, but they always do it. — George Carlin

I think many years ago an advanced civilization intervened with us genetically and gave us just enough intelligence to develop dangerous technology but not enough to use it wisely. Then they sat back to watch the fun. Kind of like a human zoo. And you know what? They’re getting their money’s worth. — George Carlin

The reason the mainstream is thought of as a stream is because it’s so shallow. — George Carlin

The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American recently passed each other going in the opposite direction. — George Carlin

I’ve never been quarantined. But the more I look around the more I think it might not be a bad thing. — George Carlin

In Los Angeles, there is a hotline for people in denial. So far, no one has called. — George Carlin

Those who dance are considered insane by those who can’t hear the music. — George Carlin

The mayfly lives only one day, and sometimes it rains. — George Carlin

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. — Mark Twain

…in the new media, the fans are your friends, they are your allies, they are your proselytizers. They are not cows to be milked. They are the community, and they are in charge. — John Rogers

Get your facts out, get your fiction out, get your story out. There are no excuses anymore. — John Rogers

[It is] when we do this foolish, time-consuming, romantic, quixotic, childlike thing called play that we are most practical, most useful, and most firmly grounded in reality, because the world itself is the most unlikely of places, and it works in the oddest of ways, and we won’t make any sense of it by doing what everybody else has done before us. It’s when we fool about with the stuff the world is made of that we make the most valuable discoveries, we create the most lasting beauty, we discover the most profound truths. The youngest children can do it, and the greatest artists, the greatest scientists do it all the time. Everything else is proofreading. — Phillip Pullman

Write crap – Accept that your first draft will suck, and just go with it. Finish something. — Merlin Mann

Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance. — Sam Brown

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. — Mark Twain

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness. — Jean de la Bruysre

The best way to get a good idea is to get lots of ideas. — Linus Pauling

Imagination is more important than knowledge. — Albert Einstein

Vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must step up the stairs. — Vaclav Havel

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. — Henry Bergson

You’ll never get anywhere not writing. So you’re playing video games and drinking beer–someone else has just written your ass off. — Brian Michael Bendis

A good story should provoke discussion, debate, argument, and the occasional bar fight. — J. Michael Straczynski

It is of course, always an age of wonders. The true gift is remembering to look out the windows, and to let the thoughts run backward and forward and wide to the breadth and height of all that’s ever been and might yet be. Once upon a time, I tell you. — C.J. Cherryh

There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets? — Dick Cavett

It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting. — Tom Stoppard

The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society. — Thomas Jefferson

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been — Winston Churchill

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment. — Robert Hutchins

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead

If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one – if he had the power – would be justified in silencing mankind. — John Stuart Mill

As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. — George Washington

In free countries, every man is entitled to express his opinions and every other man is entitled not to listen. — G. Norman Collie

When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right. — Eugene V. Debs

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. — Elie Wiesel

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. — Edward Abbey

Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it’s something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles. — Abbie Hoffman

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise that control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion. — Thomas Jefferson

A free society is one where it’s safe to be unpopular. — Adlai Stevenson

The Pledge of Allegiance says, ‘…with liberty and justice for all.’ What part of ‘all’ don’t you understand? — Pat Schroeder

The right to privacy is not about the right to break the law without getting caught. It is about the right not to be watched every minute in the assumption that you will break the law. — Warren Harmon

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. — Thomas Jefferson

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive. — Thomas Jefferson

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. — Thomas Jefferson

You can support the troops but not the president. — Tom Delay (R-TX) Ret

….President [Clinton]…is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation’s armed forces about how long they will be away from home. — Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA Retired)

Victory means exit strategy, and it’s important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is. — Governor George W. Bush (R-TX Retired)

Okay, it may be time to just say this. Everybody who wants to live in the 21st Century, over here. Everybody who misses the 1800’s over there. Good, thanks. Good luck with that. — John Rogers

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. — Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Laws that restrict speech are an abomination for a simple reason. They’re like poison gas; they seem to be a good weapon to vanquish your enemy, but the wind has a way of shifting. — Ira Glasser

I love my country. By which I mean I am indebted joyfully to all those throughout it’s history who have fought the government to make right. — Ani DiFranco

My citizenship is to an idea of democracy, not to the dirt where that idea took fortuitous root. — John Rogers

What value is a pleasant place to drink, where everyone respects one another, in this world? It’s everything, you fuckwits. It’s worth DYING FOR. It may be the only thing that keeps the 21st Century from spinning off into flames, you shortsighted low-self-esteem-having BASTARDS. — John Rogers

Your beliefs are not your rights. The government is in the job of enforcing your rights, not your beliefs. — John Rogers

…when the Supreme Court struck down the bans against interracial marriage in 1968 through Virginia vs. Loving, SEVENTY-TWO PERCENT of Americans were against interracial marriage. As a matter of fact, approval of interracial marriage in the US didn’t cross the positive threshold until–sweet God–1991. — John Rogers

I raise a toast to all our saviors each so badly behaved; it’s too bad that their world is the one that they saved. — Ani DiFranco

It’s nice that you listen; it’d be nice if you join in. As long as you play their game, girl, you’re never gonna win. — Ani DiFranco

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. — Oscar Wilde

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. — Oscar Wilde

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. — Oscar Wilde

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple. — Oscar Wilde

I am not young enough to know everything. — Oscar Wilde

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast. — Oscar Wilde

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry. — Oscar Wilde

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace. — Oscar w

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess. — Oscar Wilde

There is no reason good can’t triumph over evil, if only angels will get organized along the lines of the Mafia. — Kurt Vonnegut

We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we’re hooked on. — Kurt Vonnegut

And I would really, over the long run, hope America would find some way to provide all of our citizens with extended families–a large group of people they could call on for help. — Kurt Vonnegut

By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East? Their morale, like so many lifeless bodies, is already shot to pieces. They are being treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas. — Kurt Vonnegut

[War’s] enthusiasts, its fans if I may call them that, assume that leaders of political entities we find inconvenient or worse are capable of pity for their own people. If they see or at least hear about fricasseed women and children and old people who looked and talked like themselves, maybe even relatives, they will be incapacitated by weepiness. So goes the theory, as I understand it. Anyone who believes that might as well go all the way and make Santa Claus and the tooth fairy icons of our foreign policy. — Kurt Vonnegut

You think Arabs are dumb? Try doing long division with Roman numerals. — Kurt Vonnegut

We humanists try to behave as decently, as fairly, and as honorably as we can without any expectation of rewards or punishments in an afterlife. — Kurt Vonnegut

What can be said to our young people, now that psychopathic personalities, which is to say persons without consciences, without senses of pity or shame, have take all the money in the treasuries of our government and corporations, and made it all their own. — Kurt Vonnegut

For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that’s Moses, not Jesus. I haven’t heard one of the demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere. “Blessed are the merciful” in a courtroom? “Blessed are the peacemakers” in the Pentagon? Give me a break! — Kurt Vonnegut

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. — Mark Twain

The truth is worth any price. — Spider Jerusalem (Warren Ellis)

And so, freed, I start to write. — Spider Jerusalem (Warren Ellis)

So we’ve got a deadline. We can do deadlines. — Spider Jerusalem (Warren Ellis)

Christianity survived the death of its founder, centuries of brutal persecution by the most powerful Empire on earth, Crusades, corruption, bad popes, multiple schisms — and still spread and thrived, converting over the course of its history hundreds of millions of people from wildly diverse, often hostile cultures. It’ll survive two guys sharing a life insurance policy. — John Rogers

…if you use the term “activist judge”, then frankly you know absolutely nothing about how the US works. Nothing. Nada. You are in point of fact, and again I apologize, an idiot. — John Rogers

I only truly, truly hate … when I believe there might be a God. That’s a hell of a thing to realize sober. — John Rogers

I give unto my friends the [Firefly] boxed set, and they say, “Verily, this kicks ass, why is there not more of it?” And I tell unto them “Because American television can barely find it’s own ass with the help of Ass-detecting Assometers run by Assy Asserton, Asstronomer and Winner of the Ass-Centric Assembly’s Golden Ass-Finding Trophy Three Years Running.” And even DJ McCarthy, whose soul is black as Warren Ellis’ left lung, who I once saw threaten to put a cigarette out in the eye of a five year old, even he gnashes his teeth and weeps at the injustice. — John Rogers

Progressives did a very, very bad job of sliding into “us”, and did an absolute shit job of defining “them.” — John Rogers

Oh, and a quick reminder, if you are driving a Hummer or Navigator and have an “I Support the Troops” bumper sticker or ribbon, you are now legally obligated to have a matching “I Send Suitcases Full of Cash to the Saudi Fucks Who Blew Up the Towers and Finance the Guys Killing Our Troops.” You are allowed, in certain states, to have the shorter “I Buy IEDs for Bad Guys” sticker as a substitute. — John Rogers

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men. Not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular. — Edward R. Murrow

We cannot defend liberty abroad by abandoning it here at home. — Edward R. Murrow

One of the great mysteries of the last six years was how and when the Bush Administration turned public policy into Special Olympics. “Oh, I know Donny knocked over all the hurdles, but HE LOVES THE RACE, so you SHUT YOUR FILTHY, CYNICAL MOUTH.” There is a goddamn world of difference between asking a man to risk his life to defend the nation and waste his life proving a point. — John Rogers

As long as the people of your culture are convinced that the world belongs to them and that their divinely-appointed destiny is to conquer and rule it, then they are of course going to go on acting the way they’ve been acting for the past ten thousand years. They’re going to go on treating the world as if it were a piece of human property and they’re going to go on conquering it as if it were an adversary. You can’t change these things with laws. You must change people’s minds… — Daniel Quinn

Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are faries at the bottom of it too? — Douglas Adams

When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called Religion. — Robert Pirsig

I don’t try to imagine a personal God; it suffices to stand in awe at the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it. — Albert Einstein

How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded ‘This is much better than we though! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant”? Instead they say, “No, no no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way. — Carl Sagan

The notion that religion is a proper field, in which one might claim expertise, is one that should not go unquestioned. — Richard Dawkins

Religion…has certain ideas at the heart of it which we call sacred or holy or whatever. What it means is, “Here is an idea or a notion that you’re not allowed to say anything bad about; you’re just not. Why not? Because you’re not!” If somebody votes for a party that you don’t agree with, you’re free to argue about it as much as you like; everybody will have an argument but nobody feels aggrieved by it. If somebody thinks taxes should go up or down you are free to have an argument about it. But on the other hand if somebody says “I mustn’t move a light switch on a Saturday” you say, “I respect that.” — Douglas Adams

You can’t get away with saying, “If you try to stop me from insulting homosexuals it violates my freedom of prejudice.” But you can get away with saying, “It violates my freedom of religion.” What, when you think about it, is the difference? — Richard Dawkins

The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. — Richard Dawkins

The Christian God is a being of terrific character–cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust. — Thomas Jefferson

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. — Thomas Jefferson

I am not attacking any particular version of God or gods. I am attacking God, all gods, anything and everything supernatural, wherever and whenever they have been or will be invented. — Richard Dawkins

The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. — Gore Vidal

I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country tell me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C and D. Just who do they think they are? And from where to they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of conservatism. — Barry Goldwater

To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings. To say that the human soul, angel, god, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings, or that there is no god, no angels, no soul. I cannot reason otherwise… — Thomas Jefferson

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear. — Thomas Jefferson

Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man. — Thomas Jefferson

During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution. — James Madison

Lighthouses are more useful than churches. — Benjamin Franklin

This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it. — John Adams

The spectacle of what is called religion … has filled me with horror and I have frequently condemned it and wished to make a clean sweep of it. Almost always it seemed to stand for blind belief and reaction, dogma and bigotry, superstition, exploitation, and the preservation of vested interests. — Nehru

[Do we] really want to cede to religion the right to tell us what is good and what is bad? The fact that it has nothing else to contribute to human wisdom is no reason to hand religion a free license to tell us what to do. — Richard Dawkins

You say you have experienced God directly? Well, some people have experienced a pink elephant, but that probably doesn’t impress you. — Richard Dawkins

We have names for people who have many beliefs for which there is no rational justification. When their beliefs are extremely common, we call them “religious”; otherwise, they are likely to be called “mad,” “psychotic,” or “delusional … Clearly there is sanity in numbers. And yet, it is merely an accident of history that it is considered normal in our society to believe that the Creator of the universe can hear your thoughts, while it is demonstrative of mental illness to believe that he is communicating with you by having the rain tap in Morse code on your bedroom window. — Sam Harris

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. — Thomas Jefferson

I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. — Douglas Adams

If the history of science shows us anything, it is that we get nowhere by labeling our ignorance “God.” — Jerry Coyne

Why is God considered an explanation for anything? It’s not–it’s a failure to explain, a shrug of the shoulders, an “I dunno” dressed up in spirituality and ritual. — Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. — George Bernard Shaw

All religions are the same: religion is basically guilt, with different holidays. — Cathy Ladman

Truth, in matters of religion, is simple the opinion that has survived. — Oscar Wilde

Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men–above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends. — Albert Einstein

Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God’s approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That’s not morality, that’s just sucking up. — Richard Dawkins

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. — Albert Einstein

People say we need religion when what they really mean is we need police. — H.L. Mencken

If there were a strong correlation between Christian conservatism and societal health, we might expect to see some sign of it in red-state America. We don’t. — Sam Harris

To be fair, much of the Bible is not systematically evil but just plain weird, as you would expect of a chaotically cobbled-together anthology of disjointed documents, comprised, revised, translated, distorted and “improved” by hundreds of anonymous authors, editors, and copyists, unknown to us and mostly unknown to each other, spanning nine centuries. — Richard Dawkins

Those who wish to base their morality literally on the Bible have either not read it or not understood it… — Richard Dawkins

Why should a divine being, with creation and eternity on his mind, care a fig for petty human malefactions? We humans give ourselves such airs, even aggrandizing our poky little “sins” to the level of cosmic significance! — Richard Dawkins

Pat Robertson would be harmless comedy, were he less typical of those who today hold power and influence in the United States. — Richard Dawkins

…the Bible story of Joshua’s destruction of Jericho, and the invasion of the Promised Land in general, is morally indistinguishable from Hitler’s invasion of Poland, or Saddam Hussein’s massacres of the Kurds and the Marsh Arabs. The bible may be an arresting and poetic work of fiction, but it is not the sort of book you should give your children to form their morals. — Richard Dawkins

What makes my draw drop is that people today should base their lives on such an appalling role model as Yahweh–and even worse, that they should bossily try to force the same evil monster (whether fact or fiction) on the rest of us. — Richard Dawkins

Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion. — Steven Weinberg

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. — Blaise Pascal

Even if religion did no other harm in itself, its wanton and carefully nurtured divisiveness–its deliberate and cultivated pandering to humanity’s natural tendency to favor in-groups and shun out-groups–would be enough to make it a significant force for evil in the world. — Richard Dawkins

As a scientist, I am hostile to fundamentalist religion because it actively debauches the scientific enterprise. It teaches us not to change our minds, and not to want to know exciting things that are available to be known. It subverts science and saps the intellect. — Richard Dawkins

Non-fundamentalist, “sensible” religion … is making the world safe for fundamentalisim by teaching children, from their earliest years, that unquestioning faith is a virtue. — Richard Dawkins

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. — Voltaire

Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do. — Bertrand Russell

Faith is evil precisely because it requires no justification and brooks no argument. — Richard Dawkins

There is in every village a torch–the teacher: and an extinguisher–the clergyman. — Victor Hugo

I think that my parents had been mildly disappointed when I’d said I didn’t believe in God any more, but being an atheist was another thing altogether. — Julia Sweeney

Once, in the question time after a lecture in Dublin, I was asked what I thought about the widely publicized cases of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Ireland. I replied that, horrible as sexual abuse no doubt was, the damage was arguably less than the long-term psychological damage inflicted by bringing the child up Catholic in the first place. — Richard Dawkins

I think we should all wince when we hear a small child being labeled as belonging to some particular religion or another. Small children are too young to decide their views on the origins of the cosmos, of life and of morals. The very sound of the phrase “Christian child” or “Muslim child” should grate like fingernails on a blackboard. — Richard Dawkins

Religion’s power to console doesn’t make it true… The faithful are encouraged to profess belief, whether they are convinced by it or not. Maybe if you repeat something often enough, you will succeed in convincing yourself of its truth. — Richard Dawkins

Happiness is nonetheless true happiness because it must come to an end, nor do thought and love lose their value because they are not everlasting. — Bertrand Russell

For, since the dawn of time, each land that has been forced off the map by explorers and the brave going out and proving it wasn’t there, has taken refuge in Fairy. So it is now, by the time that we come to write of it, a most huge place indeed, containing every manner of landscape and terrain. Here truly, there be dragons. — Neil Gaiman

Memorial Day orators will say that a G.I.’s life is priceless. Don’t believe it. I know what value the U.S. government assigns to a soldier’s life: I’ve been handed the check. It’s roughly what the Yankees will pay Roger Clemens per inning once he starts pitching next month. — Andrew H. Bacevich

There are lots of threats to you in the world. There’s the threat of a heart attack for genetic reasons. You can’t sit there and worry about everything. Get a life. You have a much greater danger of being hit by lightning than being struck by a terrorist. — Mike Bloomberg (R-NYC)

Today, we know two unequivocal truths about the results of Bush’s approach — there are more terrorists and we have fewer allies. — John Edwards

It is the business of the future to be dangerous. — Alfred North Whitehead

Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them. — H.L. Mencken