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  • #1
    H.L. Mencken
    “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
    H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

  • #2
    “The thought manifests the word;
    The word manifests the deed;
    The deed develops into habit;
    And habit hardens into character;
    So watch the thought and its ways with care,
    And let them spring forth from love
    Born out of compassion for all beings.
    As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.”
    Juan Mascaró

  • #3
    Julie Anne Long
    “A proper kiss, Miss Eversea, should turn you inside out. It should . . . touch places in you that you didn’t know existed, set them ablaze, until your entire being is hungry and wild...It should slice right down through you like a cutlass with a pleasure so devastating it’s very nearly pain … It should make you want to do things you’d never dreamed you’d want to do, and in that moment all of those things will make perfect sense. And it should herald, or at least promise, the most intense physical pleasure you’ve ever known, regardless of whether that promise is ever, ever fulfilled. It should, in fact . . . ” he paused for effect “ . . . haunt you for the rest of your life.”
    Julie Anne Long, What I Did For a Duke

  • #4
    Omar Khayyám
    “It’s too bad if a heart lacks fire,
    and is deprived of the light
    of a heart ablaze.
    The day on which you are
    without passionate love
    is the most wasted day of your life.”
    Omar Khayyám

  • #5
    Arthur C. Clarke
    “One of the greatest tragedies in mankind's entire history may be that morality was hijacked by religion.”
    Arthur C. Clarke

  • #6
    Arthur C. Clarke
    “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”
    Arthur C. Clarke

  • #7
    Barack Obama
    “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
    Barack Obama

  • #8
    Aristotle
    “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
    Aristotle

  • #9
    Stephen King
    “People who try hard to do the right thing always seem mad.”
    Stephen King, The Stand

  • #10
    Albert Schweitzer
    “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.”
    Albert Schweitzer

  • #11
    René Descartes
    “I suppose therefore that all things I see are illusions; I believe that nothing has ever existed of everything my lying memory tells me. I think I have no senses. I believe that body, shape, extension, motion, location are functions. What is there then that can be taken as true? Perhaps only this one thing, that nothing at all is certain.”
    René Descartes

  • #12
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #13
    Criss Jami
    “We are often taught to look for the beauty in all things, so in finding it, the layman asks the philosopher while the philosopher asks the photographer.”
    Criss Jami, Killosophy

  • #14
    Jeffrey E. Garten
    “A vision without execution is an hallucination.”
    Jeffrey E. Garten, The Mind Of The CEO

  • #15
    W.H. Auden
    “Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh.”
    W.H. Auden

  • #16
    Warren Buffett
    “It's nice to have a lot of money, but you know, you don't want to keep it around forever. I prefer buying things. Otherwise, it's a little like saving sex for your old age.”
    Warren Buffett

  • #17
    Augustine of Hippo
    “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
    Augustine of Hippo

  • #18
    Arthur C. Clarke
    “Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: (1) It's completely impossible. (2) It's possible, but it's not worth doing. (3) I said it was a good idea all along.”
    Arthur C. Clarke

  • #19
    Arthur C. Clarke
    “It was the mark of a barbarian to destroy something one could not understand.”
    Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey

  • #20
    Brigham Young
    “He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool.”
    Brigham Young

  • #21
    George Carlin
    “Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!

    But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money!”
    George Carlin

  • #22
    Robert Frost
    “Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee
    And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.”
    Robert Frost

  • #23
    Abraham Lincoln
    “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • #24
    John Lennon
    “I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.”
    John Lennon

  • #25
    Vikram Seth
    “God save us from people who mean well.”
    Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy

  • #26
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.”
    Edgar Allan Poe

  • #27
    Voltaire
    “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”
    Voltaire, Questions sur les Miracles à M. Claparede, Professeur de Théologie à Genève, par un Proposant: Ou Extrait de Diverses Lettres de M. de Voltaire

  • #28
    Jon Stewart
    “Yes, reason has been a part of organized religion, ever since two nudists took dietary advice from a talking snake.”
    Jon Stewart

  • #29
    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

  • #30
    Isaac Asimov
    “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”
    Isaac Asimov



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