Quotes- Summer Roundup ’07

One of our summer bike rides this yearIt’s the end of the summer and at the end of each season i make a post lumping together the best quotes i’ve found, so here goes summer’s:

Maybe this isn’t the only Universe. There might have been a string of them, reaching back in time, in meta-time beyond time. In those other Universes, maybe the electron had more charge, and stars couldn’t form. Or maybe it had less, and every star collapsed into a black hole. But if you get enough Universes, and the constants change in each one, then eventually one will get the mix right. Stars will last for billions of years, planets can form, life can evolve, and on one blue green ball of dust, chemicals can get complicated enough that they could look inside themselves, understand what they see, and marvel at the very fact of their own existence.And maybe, just maybe, they can also figure out how it all came to be. This isn’t fantasy, folks, it’s science. It’s how things work. -Phil Plait

“Fear believes—courage doubts. Fear falls upon the earth and prays—courage stands erect and thinks. Fear retreats—courage advances. Fear is barbarism—courage is civilization. Fear believes in witchcraft, in devils and in ghosts. Fear is religion, courage is science.” -Robert Ingersoll

Could a supreme intelligent being create the fifty billion galaxies each with two hundred billion stars, then rejoice in the smell of a burning goat’s flesh? – Ron Patterson

Every one of us is precious in the cosmic perspective. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another. – Carl Sagan

what will you wish you’d done before you died?” – tyler durden

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance -Socrates

Debating a religionist is like playing tennis with someone who lowers the net for their shots and raises it for yours. -Daniel Dennett

“It is said that men may not be the dreams of the Gods, but rather that the Gods are the dreams of men.”
Carl Sagan

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. -Ludwig Borne

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. ~Thomas Paine

“A mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions”. -Oliver Wendell Holmes-

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours. – Stephen Henry Roberts ”

“Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.” Chapman Cohen

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