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  • #1
    John  Adams
    “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
    John Adams, The Portable John Adams

  • #2
    H.L. Mencken
    “Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong.”
    H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: Second Series

  • #3
    H.L. Mencken
    “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.”
    H.L. Mencken, A Little Book in C Major

  • #4
    H.L. Mencken
    “Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.”
    H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: Third Series

  • #5
    H.L. Mencken
    “He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash.
    (writing about US President Warren G. Harding)
    H.L. Mencken

  • #6
    H.L. Mencken
    “I am suspicious of all the things that the average people believes.”
    H.L. Mencken

  • #7
    H.L. Mencken
    “Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.”
    H.L. Mencken
    tags: humor

  • #8
    H.L. Mencken
    “The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line. The objection to it is not that it is predominantly painful, but that it is lacking in sense.”
    H.L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy

  • #9
    H.L. Mencken
    “The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore.”
    H.L. Mencken

  • #10
    Mark Twain
    “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
    Mark Twain

  • #11
    Mark Twain
    “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
    Mark Twain

  • #12
    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

  • #13
    Mark Twain
    “Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”
    Mark Twain

  • #14
    Mark Twain
    “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. ”
    Mark Twain

  • #15
    Mark Twain
    “I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”
    Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Abroad

  • #16
    Mark Twain
    “There are those who scoff at the schoolboy, calling him frivolous and
    shallow: Yet it was the schoolboy who said 'Faith is believing what you
    know ain't so'.”
    Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson

  • #17
    George Orwell
    “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”
    George Orwell

  • #18
    George Orwell
    “We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.”
    George Orwell

  • #19
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
    Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

  • #20
    Theodore Parker
    “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
    Theodore Parker

  • #21
    Barack Obama
    “I believe in evolution, scientific inquiry, and global warming; I believe in free speech, whether politically correct or politically incorrect, and I am suspicious of using government to impose anybody's religious beliefs -including my own- on nonbelievers.”
    Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

  • #22
    Christopher Hitchens
    “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #23
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
    Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

  • #24
    “In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.”
    Peter Stone

  • #25
    John  Adams
    “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Mohammedan] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

    [Adams submitted and signed the Treaty of Tripoli, 1797]”
    John Adams, Thoughts On Government Applicable To The Present State Of The American Colonies.: Philadelphia, Printed By John Dunlap, M,Dcc,Lxxxvi

  • #26
    John  Adams
    “Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it.

    {Letter to his son and 6th US president, John Quincy Adams, November 13 1816}”
    John Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams

  • #27
    Christopher Hitchens
    “One must state it plainly. Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody—not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms—had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would like to think—though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one—that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell.”
    Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #28
    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

  • #29
    Bertrand Russell
    “If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #30
    Marcus Aurelius
    “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations



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