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Marlene DietrichMeditation 286
Quotations XXVI

"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 publish a selection occasionally, mostly but not entirely relevant. This is the twenty-sixth in an ongoing series.

  1. All fanaticism is a strategy to prevent doubt from becoming conscious. Henry A. Williams

  2. If there's a supreme being, he's crazy. Marlene Dietrich

  3. I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, heretic, or an unbeliever. Daniel Boorstin

  4. I don't believe in God, but I'm very interested in her. Arthur C. Clarke

  5. Despite the lack of scientific or historical evidence, and despite the doubts of Biblical scholars, America is so pious that not only do 91 percent of Christians says they believe in the Virgin Birth, but so do an astonishing 47 percent of U.S. non-Christians. Nicholas D. Kristof

  6. Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. Mark Twain

  7. It is not by prayer and humility that you cause things to go as you wish, but by acquiring a knowledge of natural laws. The power you acquire in this way is much greater and more reliable than that formerly supposed to be acquired by prayer, because you never could tell whether your prayer would be favorably heard in heaven. The power of prayer, moreover, had recognized limits; it would have been impious to ask too much. But the power of science has no known limits. We were told that faith could remove mountains, but no one believed it; we are now told that the atomic bomb can remove mountains, and everyone believes it.
    Bertrand Russell

  8. A fanatic is a man who does what the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case. Finley Peter Dunne

  9. Christ was only crucified once, and for a few hours. Think of the thousands he has been crucifying in a quiet way ever since. Samuel Butler

  10. Hell is paved with Good Samaritans. William M. Holden.

  11. Men will never be free until the last king is strangled in the entrails of the last priest. Denis Diderot

  12. There is no cure for life and death save to enjoy the interval. George Santayana

  13. I'm astounded by people who want to know the universe when it's hard enough to find your way about Chinatown. Woody Allen

  14. God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through. Paul Valery

  15. Examine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world, and you will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men's dreams. David Hume

  16. In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments - there are consequences. Robert G. Ingersoll

  17. God was satisfied with his own work, and that is fatal. Samuel Butler

  18. I say if you're going to go for the Angel bullshit, you might as well go for the Zombie package as well. George Carlin

  19. Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them? Jules Feiffer

  20. Why, then, eternal punishment for the temporary offenses of so frail a creature as man? David Hume