Favourite Quotes
I add quotes I like when I encounter them, always at the top. At some point I will categorise them.

La pensée ne doit jamais se soumettre, ni à un dogme, ni à un parti, ni à une passion, ni à un intérêt, ni à une idée préconçue, ni à quoi que ce soit, si ce n’est aux faits eux-mêmes, car parce que, pour elle, se soumettre, ce serait cesser d’être.
-- Henri Poincaré

Atheism is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby.
-- .sig of Slashdot user grub

- How do you know you can trust me?
- I don't. That's what trust is.
-- Adama in 'Battlestar Galactica'

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
-- Steven Weinberg

Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
-- Unknown

We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children are smart.
-- Henry Mencken

Anything that requires "evangelists" and offers seminars, exists solely for the purpose of making money.
-- Steve Yegge

Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
-- C. S. Lewis (about Corinthians 13:11 - "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.")

A very rich person should leave his kids enough to do anything but not enough to do nothing.
-- Warren Buffet

I think we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence.
-- Bobby Henderson, Open letter to Kansas School Board

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

The dominant voice in any society is that of the beneficiaries of the status quo
-- Noam Chomsky

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.
-- Noam Chomsky

We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
-- Richard Dawkins

A language is a dialect with an army and a navy
-- Joshua Fishman

I've found that people who are great at something are not so much convinced of their own greatness as mystified at why everyone else seems so incompetent.
-- Paul Graham

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
-- Robert A. Heinlein


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