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    Carl Sagan
    “The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity -- in all this vastness -- there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
    Carl Sagan

  • #2
    Abraham Lincoln
    “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves”
    Abraham Lincoln, Complete Works - Volume XII

  • #3
    We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty
    “We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.”
    Gene Roddenberry

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    Thomas Jefferson
    “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
    Thomas Jefferson

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    George Bernard Shaw
    “The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality of happiness, and by no means a necessity of life.”
    George Bernard Shaw, Androcles and the Lion

  • #7
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan
    “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

  • #8
    Bertrand Russell
    “Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.”
    Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

  • #9
    Aristotle
    “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
    Aristotle, Metaphysics

  • #10
    Albert Einstein
    “I don't try to imagine a personal God; it suffices to stand in awe at the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #11
    Carl Sagan
    “How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, “This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?” Instead they say, “No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.” A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.”
    Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

  • #12
    David Hume
    “...no testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous, than the fact, which it endeavors to establish.”
    David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding/An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

  • #13
    Richard Dawkins
    “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
    Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

  • #14
    Albert Einstein
    “It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.”
    Albert Einstein, Albert Einstein: The Human Side

  • #15
    Albert Einstein
    “The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #16
    Steven Weinberg
    “With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil - that takes religion.”
    Steven Weinberg

  • #17
    “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 Roberts

  • #18
    Carl Sagan
    “Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”
    Carl Sagan, Cosmos

  • #19
    Susan B. Anthony
    “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”
    Susan B. Anthony

  • #20
    Isaac Asimov
    “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #21
    Epicurus
    “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
    Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
    Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
    Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
    Epicurus

  • #22
    Mark Twain
    “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
    Mark Twain

  • #23
    Mark Twain
    “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
    Mark Twain

  • #24
    Mark Twain
    “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
    Mark Twain

  • #25
    Benjamin Franklin Wade
    “Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.”
    Benjamin Franklin Wade

  • #26
    Mark Twain
    “I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.”
    Mark Twain

  • #27
    Mark Twain
    “You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, 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?”
    Mark Twain

  • #28
    Mark Twain
    “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
    Mark Twain

  • #29
    Daniel Wallace
    “It would be better for us to have some doubts in an honest pursuit of truth, than it would be for us to be certain about something that was not true. ”
    Daniel Wallace

  • #30
    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group of course that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few other Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”
    Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • #31
    Galileo Galilei
    “See now the power of truth; the same experiment which at first glance seemed to show one thing, when more carefully examined, assures us of the contrary.”
    Galileo Galilei, Discorsi E Dimostrazioni Matematiche: Intorno a Due Nuoue Scienze, Attenenti Alla Mecanica & I Movimenti Locali



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