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    Bertrand Russell
    “There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes them only because they are comforting. But he dare not face this thought! Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed.”
    Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics

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    William S. Burroughs
    “Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.”
    William S. Burroughs, The Job: Interviews with William S. Burroughs

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    Bertrand Russell
    “One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.”
    Bertrand Russell

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    Bertrand Russell
    “[T]he infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.”
    Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays

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    Sam Harris
    “The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.”
    Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

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