2411) Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary (1911) [CQ]
2412) All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. For the latter makes use of violence, the former – of the corruption of the will.
Alexander Herzen From the Other Shore (1855) [CQ]
2413) To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.
Eric Hoffer The Passionate State of Mind (1955) [CQ]
2414) You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of religion. [...] Dogs do not ritually urinate in the hope of persuading heaven to do the same and send down rain. Asses do not bray a liturgy to cloudless skies. Nor do cats attempt, by abstinence from cat's meat, to wheedle the feline spirits into benevolence. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, intelligent enough.
Aldous Huxley "Amor Fati" in Texts and Pretexts (1932) [CQ]
2415) There is noting more innately human than the tendency to transmute what has become customary into what has been divinely ordained.
Suzanne Lafolette "The Beginnings of Emancipation" in Concerning Women (1926) [CQ]
2416) All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
Thomas Paine The Age of Reason (1794) [CQ]
2417) The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas - uncertainty, progress, change - into crimes.
2421) Old religious factions are volcanoes burnt out.
Edmund Burke "Speech on the Petition of the Unitarians" in The Works (1812)
2422) If you want to make a million [...] the quickest way is to start your own religion.
L. Ron Hubbard speech to the Eastern Science Fiction Assoc. (1947) quoted in L. Ron Hubbard (1987) by B. Corydon and L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. [ODQ]
2423) To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a cult.
Dean Inge Outspoken Essays (1920) [WHO]
2424) The religion of one seems madness unto another.
Sir Thomas Browne Hydriotaphia (1658) [MAC]
2425) There are only two things in which the false professors of all religions have agreed: to persecute all other sects, and to plunder their own.
C.C. Colton Lacon (1820) [MAC]
2426) A religious system is an assemblage of guesses.
anonymous Meditations on Wall Street (1940) [MAC]
2427) Religion has brought forth criminal and impious deeds. [...] How many evils has religion caused.
Lucretius De Rerum Natura (c. 45 BC) [MAC]
2428) Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Blaise Pascal Pensees (c. 1660) [MAC]
2429) The more religious a country is, the more crimes are committed in it.
Napoleon Bonaparte to Gaspar Gourgaud (1/28/1817) [MAC]
2430) The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reasoning.
Voltaire Philosophical Dictionary (1764) [MAC]
[CQ] - The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations (1993) [ODQ] - The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 4th edition (1992) [MAC] - The Macmillan Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Famous Phrases (1948) [WHO] - Who Said What (1993)
Note: "3089/898" is the designation I've given to the project of posting all my collected quotes, excerpts and ideas (3089 of them) in the remaining days of the Bush administration (of which there were 898 left when I began). As of today, there are 301 days remaining in the administration of the worst American President ever.
hostile to science
lacking in empathy
lacking in public spirit
out of control
Thanks to: Breeze, Chuck, Ivan Raikov, Kaiju, Kathy, Roger, Shirley, S.M. Dixon
i've got a little list...
Steven Abrams (Kansas BofE)
Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson
Roger Ailes (FNC)
Alan Bonsell (Dover BofE)
Bill Buckingham (Dover BofE)
George W. Bush
Bruce Chapman (DI)
The Coors Family
William A. Dembski
Leonard Downie (WaPo)
John Gibson (FNC)
Fred Hiatt (WaPo)
James F. Inhofe
Philip E. Johnson
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Stephen C. Meyer (DI)
Judith Miller (ex-NYT)
Sun Myung Moon
Elspeth Reeve (TNR)
Martin Peretz (TNR)
Richard Mellon Scaife
Susan Schmidt (WaPo)
John Solomon (WaPo)
Richard Thompson (TMLC)
Bob Woodward (WaPo)
All the fine sites I've
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Arthur C. Clarke
Daniel C. Dennett
Philip K. Dick
Stephen Jay Gould
"The Harder They Come"
Ursula K. LeGuin
The Marx Brothers
Michael C. Penta
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
"The Red Shoes"
"Singin' in the Rain"
Talking Heads/David Byrne
Hunter S. Thompson
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
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