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Meditation 170
Quotations XIV

"I hate quotations, tell me what you know." Ralph Waldo Emerson.

But as some people do like quotations and think they can be useful in succinctly communicating an opinion, we will post a selection occasionally. This is the fourteenth in an ongoing series. Quotations are now indexed to assist anyone trying to locate a specific one.

  1. The world is in need of less religion and more common sense. Llewelyn Powys

  2. If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it. Thomas Carlyle

  3. The art of acting morally is behaving as if everything we do matters. Gloria Steinem

  4. How can the Church be received as a trustworthy guide in the invisible, which falls into so many errors in the visible? John W. Draper

  5. Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves.Eric Hoffer

  6. God is dead: but considering the state Man is in, there will perhaps be caves, for ages yet, in which his shadow will be shown. Friedrich Neitzsche

  7. I have found that 90 per cent of religious beliefs are based on madness. Khudair Meeri

  8. It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui. Helen Keller

  9. Religion is not just incongruent with morality, but in essential ways incompatible with it. Christopher Hitchens.

  10. Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for co-operation with oneself. Bertrand Russell

  11. We are punished by our sins, not for them. Elbert Hubbard

  12. The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion, but rather to know it. Andre Maurois

  13. One has to do good for it to exist in the world. Maria von Ebner-Eisenbach

  14. People who rely most on God rely least on themselves. Lemuel K. Washburn

  15. Mystical explanations are considered deep. The truth is that they are not even superficial. Friedrich Nietzsche

  16. There are two things in the world that can never get together - religion and common sense. George W. Foote

  17. Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one. Sigmund Freud

  18. A state of skepticism and suspense may amuse a few inquisitive minds. But the practice of superstition is so congenial to the multitude that, if they are forcibly awakened, they still regret the loss of their pleasing vision. Edward Gibbon

  19. God created sex. Priests created marriage. Voltaire

  20. You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough. Aldous Huxley