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  • #1
    W.B. Yeats
    “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”
    W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

  • #2
    Sam   Harris
    “What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance . . . Ask yourself: how has "elitism" become a bad word in American politics? There is simply no other walk of life in which extraordinary talent and rigorous training are denigrated. We want elite pilots to fly our planes, elite troops to undertake our most critical missions, elite athletes to represent us in competition and elite scientists to devote the most productive years of their lives to curing our diseases. And yet, when it comes time to vest people with even greater responsibilities, we consider it a virtue to shun any and all standards of excellence. When it comes to choosing the people whose thoughts and actions will decide the fates of millions, then we suddenly want someone just like us, someone fit to have a beer with, someone down-to-earth—in fact, almost anyone, provided that he or she doesn't seem too intelligent or well educated.”
    Sam Harris

  • #3
    Christopher Hitchens
    “The governor of Texas, who, when asked if the Bible should also be taught in Spanish, replied that ‘if English was good enough for Jesus, then it’s good enough for me’.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #4
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #5
    Christopher Hitchens
    What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

  • #6
    Christopher Hitchens
    “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #7
    Denis Healey
    “Healey’s First Law Of Holes: When in one, stop digging.”
    Denis Healey

  • #8
    Thomas Paine
    “One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.”
    Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

  • #9
    Confucius
    “The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”
    Confucius

  • #10
    W.C. Fields
    “Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer.”
    W.C. Fields

  • #11
    Niccolò Machiavelli
    “All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it's impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.”
    Niccolò Machiavelli

  • #12
    George Carlin
    “The decay and disintegration of this culture is astonishingly amusing if you are emotionally detached from it. I have always viewed it from a safe distance, knowing I don't belong; it doesn't include me, and it never has. no matter how you care to define it, I do not identify with the local group. Planet, species, race, nation, state, religion, party, union, club, association, neighborhood improvement committee; I have no interest in any of it. I love and treasure individuals as I meet them, I loathe and despise the groups they identify with and belong to.”
    George Carlin, Brain Droppings

  • #13
    John Green
    “Truth resists simplicity.”
    John Green

  • #14
    Niccolò Machiavelli
    “Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.”
    Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

  • #15
    Niccolò Machiavelli
    “I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”
    Niccolò Machiavelli

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    Niccolò Machiavelli
    “Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see but few can test by feeling. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are; and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.”
    Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

  • #17
    Niccolò Machiavelli
    “How we live is so different from how we ought to live that he who studies what ought to be done rather than what is done will learn the way to his downfall rather than to his preservation.”
    Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

  • #18
    Niccolò Machiavelli
    “One can say this in general of men: they are ungrateful, disloyal, insincere and deceitful, timid of danger and avid of profit...Love is a bond of obligation that these miserable creatures break whenever it suits them to do so; but fear holds them fast by a dread of punishment that never passes.”
    Niccolò Machiavelli

  • #19
    Stephen Colbert
    “They say the only people who tell the truth are drunkards and children. Guess which one I am.”
    Stephen Colbert

  • #20
    Carl Sagan
    “The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life's meaning. We long for a Parent to care for us, to forgive us our errors, to save us from our childish mistakes. But knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable. If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.”
    Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

  • #21
    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

  • #22
    Carl Sagan
    “One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.”
    Carl Sagan

  • #23
    Carl Sagan
    “A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called "leaves") imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic.”
    Carl Sagan

  • #24
    Carl Sagan
    “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
    Carl Sagan, Cosmos

  • #25
    Carl Sagan
    “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”
    Carl Sagan

  • #26
    Max Stirner
    “Political liberty,” what are we to understand by that? Perhaps the individual’s independence of the State and its laws? No; on the contrary, the individual’s subjection in the State and to the State’s laws... Political liberty means that the polis, the State, is free; freedom of religion that religion is free, as freedom of conscience signifies that conscience is free; not, therefore, that I am free from the State, from religion, from conscience, or that I am rid of them. It does not mean my liberty, but the liberty of a power that rules and subjugates me; it means that one of my despots, like State, religion, conscience, is free. State, religion, conscience, these despots, make me a slave, and their liberty is my slavery.”
    Max Stirner, The Ego and Its Own

  • #27
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “And so, onwards... along a path of wisdom, with a hearty tread, a hearty confidence.. however you may be, be your own source of experience. Throw off your discontent about your nature. Forgive yourself your own self. You have it in your power to merge everything you have lived through- false starts, errors, delusions, passions, your loves and your hopes- into your goal, with nothing left over.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human

  • #28
    It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our
    “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • #29
    J.K. Rowling
    “Never trust anything that can think for itself, if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • #30
    J.K. Rowling
    “We didn’t give it to him because he’s a Muggle!” said Fred indignantly. “No, we gave it to him because he’s a great bullying git,” said George. “Isn’t he, Harry?” “Yeah, he is, Mr. Weasley,” said Harry earnestly.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire



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