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Moral indignation is in most cases 2 percent moral, 48 percent indignation and 50 percent envy. -- Vittorio de Sica
Had there been a lunatic asylum in the suburbs of Jerusalem, Jesus Christ would infallibly have been shut up in it at the outset of his public career. That interview with Satan on the pinnacle of the Temple would alone have damned him, and everything that happened after could but have confirmed the diagnosis. -- Havelock Ellis (1914)
What we call "morals" is simply blind obedience to words of command. -- Havelock Ellis (1923)
The sun and the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago...had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands. -- Havelock Ellis (1923)
Sceptics are philanthropic and wish to cure by argument, as far as they can, the conceit and rashness of the Dogmatists.
– Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Pyrrhonism
The kernel, the soul – let us go further and say the substance, the bulk, the actual and valuable material of all human utterances – is plagiarism. For substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, and daily use by the garnerer with a pride and satisfaction born of the superstition that he originated them; whereas there is not a rag of originality about them anywhere except the little discoloration they get from his mental and moral calibre and his temperament, and which is revealed in characteristics of phrasing. When a great orator makes a great speech you are listening to ten centuries and ten thousand men – but we call it his speech, and really some exceedingly small portion of it is his. But not enough to signify. It is merely a Waterloo. It is Wellington's battle, in some degree, and we call it his; but there are others that contributed. It takes a thousand men to invent a telegraph, or a steam engine, or a phonograph, or a telephone or any other important thing – and the last man gets the credit and we forget the others. He added his little mite – that is all he did. These object lessons should teach us that ninety-nine parts of all things that proceed from the intellect are plagiarisms, pure and simple; and the lesson ought to make us modest. But nothing can do that. -- Mark Twain
The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children. -- Denis Diderot
The division between faith and reason is a half-measure, till it is frankly admitted that faith has to do with fiction, and reason with fact.
Why, when no honest man will deny in private that every ultimate problem is wrapped in the profoundest mystery, do honest men proclaim in pulpits that unhesitating certainty is the duty of the most foolish and ignorant? Is it not a spectacle to make the angels laugh?
If atheism is to be used to express the state of mind in which God is identified with the unknowable, and theology is pronounced to be a collection of meaningless words about unintelligible chimeras, then I have no doubt, and I think few people doubt, that atheists are as plentiful as blackberries.
-- Sir Leslie Stephen
English writer on philosophy and literary history. He was also one of the leading British mountaineers of his generation, the first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, Thackeray's son-in-law and Virginia Woolf's father.
" The Christian god is cruel,vindictive, capricious & unjust. " .. Thomas Jefferson
Be as decent as you can. Don’t believe without evidence. Treat things Divine with marked respect, and don’t have anything to do with them. Do not trust humanity without collateral security; it will play you some scurvy trick. Remember that it hurts no one to be treated as an enemy entitled to respect until he shall prove himself a friend worthy of affection. Cultivate a taste for distasteful truths. And finally, most importantly of all, endeavor to see things as they are, not as they ought to be.
--- Ambrose Bierce
'Evolution doesn't strive for perfection, only for that 'which will work'.
You are the result of 4 billion years of Evolutionary success.
Fucking act like it.
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