Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Here are some quotes I found that I liked.

The way of the superior man may be found, in its simple elements, in the intercourse of common men and women; but in its utmost reaches, it shines brightly through Heaven and Earth.

In Serbia a lot of people hate me because they want to westernize, not understanding that the western world is bipolar, with very good things and very bad things. Since they don't have experience of the west, they even believe that western shit is pie.
Emir Kusturica

The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts:
Those with brains, but no religion,
And those with religion, but no brains.
Abu'l-`Ala' al-Ma`arri (Arabic: أبو العلا المعري), poet of Ma`arra, quoted in Maalouf, Amin (1989). Crusades Through Arab Eyes.

I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for other people.
Katharine Hepburn, Ladies' Home Journal (October 1991)

God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. Now, when you finally discover how something works, you get some laws which you're taking away from God; you don't need him anymore. But you need him for the other mysteries. So therefore you leave him to create the universe because we haven't figured that out yet; you need him for understanding those things which you don't believe the laws will explain, such as consciousness, or why you only live to a certain length of time—life and death—stuff like that. God is always associated with those things that you do not understand..
Richard Feynman, quoted in Davies, P.C.W. and J. Brown. Superstrings: A Theory of Everything, 208.

No one saves us but ourselves, no one can and no one may.
From the Dhammapada Siddhartha Gautama one of many Buddhas

You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?
Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, in Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist

Adults have imaginary friends too. ~
Alan Jay Weiner

I prayed for freedom twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. ~ Frederick Douglass

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