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Great Thoughts - Part 1
"In peace sons bury their fathers, but in war fathers bury their sons."
"Motherhood is neither a duty nor a privilege, but simply the way that humanity can satisfy the desire for physical immortality and triumph over the fear of death."
"Death is something you can do nothing about. Nothing at all. But youth is a quality, and if you have it you never lose. it."
"....I read these words which are the sum of all moral philosophy, and which cut short all the disputes of the casuists: 'When in doubt if an action is good or bad, refrain.' "
"Their's not to make reply,
"It would repel me less to be a hangman than a soldier, because the one is obliged to put to death only criminals sentenced by the law, but the other kills honest men who like himself bathe in innocent blood at the bidding of some superior."
"We are all in a race for dear life: that is to say, we are fugitives from death."
"BIRTH, n. The first and direst of all disasters."
"Your son at five is your master, at ten your slave, at fifteen your double, and after that, your friend or foe, depending on his bringing up."
"We are all sentenced to capital punishment for the crime of living."
"Carpe diem, quam minimus credula postero. Seize today, and put as little trust as you can in tomorrow."
"There are only two ways by which to rise in this world, either by one's own industry or by the stupidity of others."
"An utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward."
"But it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
"He who fears he will suffer, already suffers from his fear."
"It has been often said that he who begins life by stifling his convictions is in a fair way to ending it without any convictions to stifle."
"It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes... Three generations of imbeciles are enough."
"With savages the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated. We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination... There is reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to smallpox. Thus the weak members of civilized society propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of men."
"Perhaps the saddest thing to admit is that those who rejected the Cross have to carry it, while those who welcomed it are so often engaged in crucifying others."
"BIBLE, n. A collection of fantastic legends without any scientific support... full of dark hints, historical mistakes and contradictions."
"CHRISTIAN, n. One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of Christ so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin."
"PRAY, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy."
"SAINT, n. A dead sinner revised and edited."
"What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes. Take fifty of our current proverbial sayings -- they are so trite, so threadbare.... None the less they embody the concentrated experience of the race, and the man who orders his life according to their teachings cannot go far wrong... Has any man ever attained to inner harmony by pondering the experience of others? Not since the world began! He must pass through the fire."
"The gods can either take away evil from the world and will not, or, being willing to do so cannot; or they neither can nor will, or lastly, they are able and willing. If they have the will to remove evil and cannot, then they are not omnipotent. If they can but will not, then they are not benevolent. If they are neither able nor willing, they are neither omnipotent nor benevolent. Lastly, if they are both able and willing to annihilate evil, why does it exist?"
"Faith in immortality, like belief in God, leaves unanswered the ancient question: is God unable to prevent suffering, and thus not omnipotent? or is he able and not willing to and thus not merciful?"
"The problem of evil... Why does God permit it? Or, if God is omnipotent, in which case permission and creation are the same, why did God create it?"
"Prejudice is a raft onto which the shipwrecked mind clambers and paddles to safety."
"All religious notions are uniformly founded on authority; all the religions of the world forbid examination, and are not disposed that men should reason upon them."
"Give the Church a place in the Constitution, let her touch once more the sword of power, and the priceless fruit of all the ages will turn to ashes."
"The hope of science is the perfection of the human race. The hope of theology is the salvation of a few, and the damnation of almost everybody."
"In every unbeliever's heart there is an uneasy feeling that, after all, he may awake after death and find himself immortal. This is his punishment for his unbelief. This is the agnostic's Hell."
"But I am mistaken in speaking of a Christian republic; the terms are mutually exclusive. Christianity preaches only servitude and dependence. Its spirit is so favorable to tyranny that it always profits by such a regime. True Christians are made to be slaves, and they know it and do not much mind; this short life counts for too little in their eyes."
"If God could make angels, why did he bother with men?"
"Christianity persecuted, tortured, and burned. Like a hound it tracked the very scent of heresy. It kindled wars, and nursed furious hatreds and ambitions. It sanctified, quite like Mohammedism, extermination and tyranny. All this would have been impossible if, like Buddhism, it had looked only for peace and the liberation of souls. It looked beyond; it dreamt of infinite blisses and crowns it should be crowned with before an electrified universe and an applauding God... Buddhism had tried to quiet a sick world with anesthetics; Christianity sought to purge it with fire."
"Those who are convinced they have a monopoly on The Truth always feel that they are only saving the world when they slaughter the heretics."
"Still, instead of trusting what their own minds tell them, men have as a rule a weakness for trusting others who pretend to supernatural sources of knowledge."
"If God made the world, I would not be that God, for the misery of the world would break my heart."
"The Popes, like Jesus, are conceived by their mothers through overshadowing of the Holy Ghost. All Popes are a certain species of man-gods, for the purpose of being able to conduct the functions of mediator between God and mankind. All powers in Heaven, as well as on earth, are given to them."
"That we should cease to exist, that we should live and so profoundly will our existence, only to face annihilation a few years hence, is a thought from which men recoil, not pausing to ask why such simple non-existence should be filled with such dread for them, but dreading it nonetheless. It is from this calamity that religion promises salvation, and upon this promise its strength and appeal entirely rests"
"But Christ could certainly not have established the Church. That is, the institution we now call by that name, for nothing resembling our present conception of the Church--with its sacraments, its hierarchy, and especially its claim to infallibility--is to be found in Christ's words or in the conception of the men of his time."
"The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate..... Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other Religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other Sects? While we assert for ourselves a freedom to embrace, to profess and to observe the Religion which we believe to be of divine origin, we cannot deny an equal freedom to those whose minds have not yet yielded to the evidence which has convinced us."
"Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it."
"The need to express one's self in writing springs from a maladjustment of life, or from an inner conflict which the adolescent (or the grown man) cannot resolve in action."
"Give me a condor's quill! Give me Vesuvius's crater for an inkstand.... To produce a mighty book you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on a flea, though many there be that have tried it."
"He that studies books alone will know how things ought to be; and he who studies men will know how they are."
"Never complain and never explain."
"There never has yet existed a wealthy and civilized society in which one portion of the community did not, in point of fact, live on the labor of the other."
"LABOR, n. One of the processes by which A acquires property for B."
"BOUNDARY, n. In political geography, an imaginary line between two nations, separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary rights of another."
"LAND, n. A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society.... Carried to its logical conclusion, it means that some have the right to prevent others from living; for the right to own implies the right exclusively to occupy...."
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
"No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a peace of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the Sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
"Happy the Man, and happy he alone,
"A man can be right and president, but he can't be both at the same time."
"When depreciated, mutilated, or debased coinage (or currency) is in concurrent circulation with money of high value in terms of precious metals, the good money automatically disappears."
"We are in danger of developing a cult of the Common Man, which means a cult of mediocrity."
"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy to be called an idea at all."
"As a rule, we disbelieve all facts and theories for which we have no use."
"There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it."
"Philosophy asks the simple question, What is it all about?"
"To admit poverty is no disgrace for a man; but, to make no effort to escape it is indeed disgraceful."
"Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim."
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
"History is the propaganda of the victors."
"As a rule, people are afraid of truth. Each truth we discover in nature or social life, destroys the crutches on which we need to lean."
"If we see that Germany is winning, we ought to help Russia, and if we see Russia is winning, we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible."
"All the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway."
"President Roosevelt proved that a President could serve for life. Truman proved that anyone could be elected. Eisenhower proved that your country can be run without a President."
"Wealth belongs to him who creates it, and every dollar taken from industry without an equivalent, is robbery. If they will not work, neither shall they eat."
"What kind of truth is this which is true on one side of a mountain and false on the other?"
"A precedent embalms a principle."
"The certainties of one age are the problems of the next."
"A man's greatest work is to break his enemies, to drive them before him, to take from them all the things that have been theirs, to hear the weeping of those who cherished them, to take their horses between his knees and to press in his arms the most desirable of their women."
"Against stupidity, the very gods fight in vain."
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