Happy Autumn Equinox!
every three months i post a lump of good quotes i heard/read during the season (click on the category ‘quotes‘ on my sidebar to see my on-going collection). so, here are the quotes i’ve rounded up during this year’s summer season!
Dr. Perry Cox:
Lady, people aren’t chocolates.. Do you know what they are mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling. But I don’t find them half as annoying as I find naive, bubble-headed optimists who walk around vomiting sunshine.
What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.
Religion. It’s given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.
If you get a federal grant you can’t use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can’t discriminate against them – or against the people you hire – on the basis of their religion.
What are all of us but self-reproducing robots? We have been put together by our genes and what we do is roam the world looking for a way to sustain ourselves and ultimately produce another robot child.
One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
My criticism of Palin should not be construed as uncritical acceptance of Obama. Needless to say, I find Obama’s religious pandering repulsive. The suspicion that he is pandering, out of obvious necessity, and not quite as religious as he makes out, is somewhat comforting, however. But even if Obama were precisely as religious as he appears, he is not a Creationist, Rapture-Ready blockhead. Palin, by all appearances, seems to be one. This is a difference worth noting. Whatever you may think of his politics, Obama is very intelligent and reasonably well educated. Palin thinks the universe is 6000 years old.
William Ralph Inge:
A nation is a society united by delusions about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors.
A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat.
I think well of all skepticism to which I may reply Let us try it. But I no longer want to hear anything of all those things and questions which do not permit experiments. This is the limit of my sense of truth for there courage has lost its rights
Who will say with confidence that sexual abuse is more permanently damaging to children than threatening them with the eternal and unquenchable fires of hell?
Leon Lederman, the physicist and Nobel laureate, once half-jokingly remarked that the real goal of physics was to come up with an equation that could explain the universe but still be small enough to fit on a T-shirt. In that spirit, Dawkins offered up his own T-shirt slogan for the ongoing evolution revolution:
Life results from the non-random survival of randomly varying replicators.
Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.
There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can’t prove that there aren’t any, so shouldn’t we be agnostic with respect to fairies?
It has become almost a cliché to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science.
For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria. Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria.
if you want to do evil, science provides the most powerful weapons to do evil; but equally, if you want to do good, science puts into your hands the most powerful tools to do so.
It’s been suggested that if the supernaturalists really had the powers they claim, they’d win the lottery every week. I prefer to point out that they could also win a Nobel Prize for discovering fundamental physical forces hitherto unknown to science.
There are all sorts of things that would be comforting. I expect an injection of morphine would be comforting… But to say that something is comforting is not to say that it’s true.
On “Anti-Mormonism”, Alias “LDS Missionary” wrote:
People who hate Mormons are typically what I think of when I think ‘anti-Mormon.’
anti-semetic = hate towards jews.
anti-mormon = hate towards mormons.
But, with the LDS church, ‘anti’ has come to mean anything that might be ‘true, but not very useful.’ Another blanket definition that is typically expressed is when our dear LDS friends communicate to us that what we’re talking about ‘doesn’t affect their eternal salvation.’
Mark Twain [very close to my own thinking when I was 8 or 9 years old]:
Most people can’t bear to sit in church for an hour on Sundays. How are they supposed to live somewhere very similar to it for eternity?
It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
The squeaking wheel doesn’t always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced.
I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.
I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking. The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there’s little good evidence. Far better it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.
Deaths in the Bible. God – 2,270,365 not including the victims of Noah’s flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, or the many plagues, famines, fiery serpents, etc because no specific numbers were given. Satan – 10.
No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar.