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Meditation 380
Quotations XXXIII

"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 thirty-third in an ongoing series. Quotations are now indexed to assist anyone trying to locate a specific one.

  1. We are built as gene machines and cultured as meme machines, but we have the power to turn against our creators. We, alone on earth, can rebel against the tyranny of the selfish replicators. Richard Dawkins

  2. You don't want no pie
    In the sky when you die,
    You want something
    Here on the ground
    While you're still around.
    Muhammed Ali

  3. Why attack God? He may be as miserable as we are. Erik Satie

  4. In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know, that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they really change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. It happens every day, but I cannot recall the last time that happened in politics or religion. Carl Sagan

  5. We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.W. H. Auden

  6. What is absurd is not the teachings of the founders of religion, it's what followers subsequently make of it. John Cleese

  7. How much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in His divine system of creation?Joseph Heller (Catch 22)

  8. It is not best to use our morals weekdays, it gets them out of repair for Sunday. Mark Twain

  9. In six days the Lord created the heavens and the Earth and all the wonders therein. There are some of us who feel He might just have taken a little more time. Kinky Friedman

  10. It's not the world that has got so much worse but the news coverage that's got so much better. G.K. Chesterton

  11. What people do behind closed doors is certainly not my concern unless I'm there with them. Dolly Parton

  12. Every day, people are straying away from the church and going back to God. Lenny Bruce

  13. I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O, Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it. Voltaire

  14. What you cannot enforce, do not command. Sophocles

  15. I don't know. I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference. Jack Kerouac

  16. Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all. Hypatia

  17. The ethical argument regarding abortion hinges on the question of when life begins. Some believe life begins at forty. Kevin Nealon

  18. To know that we know what we know and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. Copernicus

  19. What God lacks is convictions -- stability of character. He ought to be a Presbyterian or a Catholic or something -- not try to be everything. Mark Twain

  20. The universe is neither benign nor hostile - merely indifferent. Carl Sagan