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Meditation 162
Quotations XIII

"I hate quotations, tell me what you know." Ralph Waldo Emerson.

But as some people do like quotations and think they can be useful in succinctly communicating an opinion, we will post a selection occasionally. This is the thirteenth in an ongoing series. Quotations are now indexed to assist anyone trying to locate a specific one.

  1. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. Milton Friedman

  2. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic. Dresden James

  3. A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. Albert Einstein

  4. There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbours good. One person I must make good: myself. Robert Louis Stevenson

  5. One cannot judge the value of an opinion simply by the amount of courage that is required to hold it. George Orwell

  6. I didn't know I had a quarrel with him. Henry Thoreau on being asked, "Have you made your peace with God?"

  7. The great mystery of the world is not the invisible, but the visible. Oscar Wilde

  8. One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. it is simply too painful to acknowledge even to ourselves that we've been so credulous. Carl Sagan

  9. This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.Dalai Lama

  10. Common sense is no match for the voice of God. Jon Krakauer

  11. When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. Eric Hoffer

  12. I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of. Clarence Darrow

  13. Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. Buddha

  14. Governments only keep their promises when they are forced to, or when it is to their advantage to do so. Napoleon Bonaparte

  15. Without cultural sanction, most or all our religious beliefs and rituals would fall into the domain of mental disturbance. John F. Schumaker

  16. The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. Susan Sontag

  17. I don't believe in the afterlife. I don't believe there is a God. The whole thing is accidental. Arthur Miller

  18. We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. Jonathan Swift

  19. Existence exists - and the act of grasping that statement implies two corollary axioms: that something exists which one perceives and that one exists possessing consciousness, consciousness being the faculty of perceiving that which exists. Ayn Rand

  20. Intelligence is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Timothy Leary