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1. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”

Tags : Clichés Double Standards Empowerment Equality Feminism Flattery Gender Hypocrisy Independence Men Misogyny Rationality Reason Self Determination Social Norms Stereotypes Strength Women Women S Rights
Author : Jane Austen
Source : Persuasion

2. “Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don't believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it's good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.”

Tags : Belief Bravery Courage Depression Eating Exercise Food Future Life Living Love Loved Ones Medication Memories Reason Strength
Source : The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

3. “Tell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.”

Tags : Absurdity Belief Credulity Doubt Evidence Gullibility Humor Indoctrination Invisible Reason Skepticism
Author : George Carlin

4. “Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.”

Tags : Atheism Belief Blind Faith Christian Faith Critical Thinking Critical Thought Death Of Reason Doubt Is Sin Eternity Existence Human Nature Intoxication Meaning Meaning Of Life Metaphor Myth Origin Purpose Purpose Of Life Reflection Resurrection Resurrection Of Jesus Sinful Thinking
Source : Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

5. “I do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God. I equally cannot prove that Satan is a fiction. The Christian god may exist; so may the gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon. But no one of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie outside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there is no reason to consider any of them.”

Tags : Babylon Belief Burden Of Proof Christian God Egyptian Fiction Gods Hypothesis Knowledge Olympus Probability Proof Rational Reason Santa Satan Superstition
Source : Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

6. “I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”

Tags : Age Empowerment Equality Experience Freedom Gender Independence Men Reason Self Determination Submission Superiority Women Women S Rights
Source : Jane Eyre

7. “My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.”

Tags : Clichés Double Standards Empowerment Equality Feminism Flattery Gender Hypocrisy Independence Men Misogyny Rationality Reason Self Determination Self Sufficiency Social Norms Stereotypes Strength Women Women S Rights
Source : A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

8. “I love man as my fellow; but his scepter, real, or usurped, extends not to me, unless the reason of an individual demands my homage; and even then the submission is to reason, and not to man.”

Tags : Empowerment Equality Freedom Gender Independence Men Reason Self Determination Submission Superiority Women Women S Rights
Source : A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

9. “She could just pack up and leave, but she does not visualize what's beyond ahead.”

Tags : Courage Domestic Violence Double Standard Dv Eye Opening Feminism Freedom Gender Hypocrisy Identity Insecurity Leave Home Leave The Past Misogyny Nuria Ano Pain Painfully Realism Reason Self Awareness Self Determination Woman Womanhood Women Women S Day Women S Rights
Author : Núria Añó

10. “Anyone could see that this woman is living a nightmare. Except that she goes through her daily life wide awake, knowing that she could make a mistake at any moment.”

Tags : Awake Courage Domestic Violence Feminism Freedom Gender Gender Inequality Hypocrisy Identity Integrity Leave The Past Mistake Pain Painfully Realism Reason Self Awareness Self Determination Woman Women Women S Day Women S Rights
Author : Núria Añó

11. “Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.”

Tags : Foolishness Rationality Reason Sense Stupidity Understanding
Author : Euripides
Source : The Bacchae

12. “When once we quit the basis of sensation, all is in the wind. To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings. To say that the human soul, angels, god, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings, or that there is no god, no angels, no soul. I cannot reason otherwise: but I believe I am supported in my creed of materialism by Locke, Tracy, and Stewart.{Letter to John Adams, from Monticello, 15 August 1820}”

Tags : Adams Angels Antoine Destutt De Tracy Antoine Louis Claude Destutt Atheism Comte De Tracy Creed Dugald Stewart John Adams John Locke John Stewart Mill Locke Materialism Reason Stewart Tracy
Source : Letters of Thomas Jefferson

13. “The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.”

Tags : Heart Love Quip Reason
Author : Blaise Pascal

14. “One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.”

Tags : Emotions Heart Insanity Love Rationality Reason

15. “So this is where all the vapid talk about the 'soul' of the universe is actually headed. Once the hard-won principles of reason and science have been discredited, the world will not pass into the hands of credulous herbivores who keep crystals by their sides and swoon over the poems of Khalil Gibran. The 'vacuum' will be invaded instead by determined fundamentalists of every stripe who already know the truth by means of revelation and who actually seek real and serious power in the here and now. One thinks of the painstaking, cloud-dispelling labor of British scientists from Isaac Newton to Joseph Priestley to Charles Darwin to Ernest Rutherford to Alan Turing and Francis Crick, much of it built upon the shoulders of Galileo and Copernicus, only to see it casually slandered by a moral and intellectual weakling from the usurping House of Hanover. An awful embarrassment awaits the British if they do not declare for a republic based on verifiable laws and principles, both political and scientific.”

Tags : 2010 Britain British Monarchy British Royal Family British Scientists Copernicus Ernest Rutherford Francis Crick Fundamentalism House Of Hanover Joseph Priestley Khalil Gibran Monarchy Newton Reason Religion Republicanism Revelation Science Scientists Truth Turing Universe

16. “The advantages of natural folly in a beautiful girl have been already set forth by the capital pen of a sister author; and to her treatment of the subject I will only add, in justice to men, that though to the larger and more trifling part of the sex, imbecility in females is a great enhancement of their personal charms, there is a portion of them too reasonable and too well informed themselves to desire anything more in woman than ignorance.”

Tags : Charms Clichés Desirability Disdain Education Empowerment Equality Folly Foolishness Girls Ignorance Imbecility Inferiority Men Perception Prejudice Reason Stereotypes Stupidity Women
Author : Jane Austen
Source : Northanger Abbey

17. “May it [American independence] be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately... These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.[Letter to Roger C. Weightman on the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, 24 June 1826. This was Jefferson's last letter]”

Tags : American Independence Chains Freedom Of Opinion Hope Ignorance Light Of Science Monkish Reason Science Superstition
Source : Letters of Thomas Jefferson

18. “And here is the point, about myself and my co-thinkers. Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.”

Tags : Atheism Belief Faith Principles Reason Religion Scepticism Science
Source : God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

19. “Does a man of sense run after every silly tale of hobgoblins or fairies, and canvass particularly the evidence? I never knew anyone, that examined and deliberated about nonsense who did not believe it before the end of his enquiries.”

Tags : Belief Enquiry Evidence Fairy Tales Nonsense Rationality Reason Scepticism Skepticism Superstition
Author : David Hume
Source : Letters of David Hume 2 vols

20. “The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.”

Tags : Intelligence Morality Psychology Reason
Author : C.G. Jung

21. “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”

Tags : Atheism Reason Science Skeptic

22. “At first, they'll only dislike what you say, but the more correct you start sounding the more they'll dislike you.”

Tags : Arguing Argumentation Avoidance Challenge Challenger Contempt Controversy Correct Debate Debating Denial Despise Dislike Encouragement Ignorance Inspirational Like Logic Offensive Opinions People Reason Truth Truth Telling
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

23. “Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection.”

Tags : Imagination Intelligence Reason
Author : Victor Hugo

24. “Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything.”

Tags : Edward Light Love Reason
Source : New Moon

25. “Humor is reason gone mad.”

Tags : Humor Reason
Author : Groucho Marx

26. “Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.”

Tags : Reason Time
Author : Kurt Vonnegut

27. “I mean, you could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's proved it doesn't exist!”

Tags : Common Sense Hermione Granger Knowledge Logic Reason Skepticism
Author : J.K. Rowling

28. “Behind every trial and sorrow that He makes us shoulder, God has a reason.”

Tags : Inspirational Reason Sorrow Trial
Source : A Thousand Splendid Suns

29. “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”

Tags : Bible Christianity Evolution God Reason Science
Source : Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina

30. “Don't allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily”

Tags : Conviction Feelings Reason
Author : Paulo Coelho

31. “I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I'm a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.”

Tags : Agnostic Atheism Atheist Belief Emotion Humanist Interview Knowledge Reason Religion Respect Science
Author : Isaac Asimov

32. “Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,Such shaping fantasies, that apprehendMore than cool reason ever comprehends.The lunatic, the lover and the poetAre of imagination all compact:One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt:The poet's eye, in fine frenzy rolling,Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;And as imagination bodies forthThe forms of things unknown, the poet's penTurns them to shapes and gives to airy nothingA local habitation and a name.”

Tags : Comprehension Devils Earth Egypt Fantasy Helen Imagination Love Lover Lunatic Madmen Poet Poetry Reason Words
Source : A Midsummer Night's Dream

33. “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”

Tags : Equanimity Future Inspirational Reason Stoic Stoicism Worry
Source : Meditations

34. “For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.”

Tags : Commandments Essential Justice Law Reason Society
Source : On the laws

35. “Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.”

Tags : Bigotry Fools Freedom Life Reason Slavery

36. “I used to think that finding the right one was about the man having a list of certain qualities. If he has them, we'd be compatible and happy. Sort of a checkmark system that was a complete failure. But I found out that a healthy relationship isn't so much about sense of humor or intelligence or attractive. It's about avoiding partners with harmful traits and personality types. And then it's about being with a good person. A good person on his own, and a good person with you. Where the space between you feels uncomplicated and happy. A good relationship is where things just work. They work because, whatever the list of qualities, whatever the reason, you happen to be really, really good together.”

Tags : Attractive Checkmark Compatible Good Happy Harmful Healthy Intelligence List Partners Personality Qualities Reason Relationship Sense Of Humor
Author : Deb Caletti
Source : The Secret Life of Prince Charming

37. “Faith consists in believing what reason cannot.”

Tags : Faith Reason
Author : Voltaire
Source : The Works: Voltaire

38. “Cassia.I know which life is my real one now, no matter what happens. It’s the one with you. For some reason, knowing that even one person knows my story makes things different. Maybe it’s like the poem says. Maybe this is my way of not going gentle.I love you. (Ky Markham)”

Tags : Fight Love Reason Story Strength
Author : Ally Condie
Source : Matched

39. “The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.”

Tags : Absurdity Humor Reason Sagan War
Author : Carl Sagan

40. “If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.”

Tags : Life Reason
Author : Leo Tolstoy
Source : War and Peace

41. “Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.”

Tags : Agreement Compliments Discussion Disdain Intelligence Opposition Rationality Reason
Author : Jane Austen
Source : Sense and Sensibility

42. “When...did it become irrational to dislike religion, any religion, even to dislike it vehemently? When did reason get redescribed as unreason? When were the fairy stories of the superstitious placed above criticism, beyond satire? A religion was not a race. It was an idea, and ideas stood (or fell) because they were strong enough (or too weak) to withstand criticism, not because they were shielded from it. Strong ideas welcomed dissent.”

Tags : Criticism Dissent Rationality Reason Religion Satire
Source : Joseph Anton: A Memoir

43. “Action is the activity of the rational soul, which abhors irrationality and must combat it or be corrupted by it. When it sees the irrationality of others, it must seek to correct it, and can do this either by teaching or engaging in public affairs itself, correcting through its practice. And the purpose of action is to enable philosophy to continue, for if men are reduced to the material alone, they become no more than beasts.”

Tags : Action Body Civilization Continuance Mankind Materialism Mind Philosophy Rationality Reason
Author : Iain Pears
Source : The Dream of Scipio

44. “The faculty to think objectively is reason; the emotional attitude behind reason is that of humility. To be objective, to use one's reason, is possible only if one has achieved an attitude of humility, if one has emerged from the dreams of omniscience and omnipotence which one has as a child. Love, being dependent on the relative absence of narcissism, requires the developement of humility, objectivity and reason. I must try to see the difference between my picture of a person and his behavior, as it is narcissistically distorted, and the person's reality as it exists regardless of my interests, needs and fears.”

Tags : Compassion Conflict Empathy Erich Fromm Humility Love Narcissism Objective Objectivity Reason Reasoning Selfishness Subjective The Art Of Loving Understanding
Author : Erich Fromm
Source : The Art of Loving

45. “Fighting is found everywhere in the animal kingdom and nowhere so much as among human animals. Animals fight to get what they want--food, sex, territory, control, etc.--because there are other animals who want the same thing or who want to stop them from getting it. The same is true of human animals, except that we have developed more sophisticated techniques for getting our way. Being "rational animals," we have institutionalized our fighting in a number of ways, one of them being war. Even though we have over the ages institutionalized physical conflict and have employed many of our finest minds to develop more effective means of carrying it out, its basic structure remains essentially unchanged. In fights between brute animals, scientists have observed the practices of issuing challenges for the sake of intimidation, of establishing and defending territory, attacking, defending, counterattacking, retreating, and surrendering. Human fighting involves the same practices. Part of being a rational animal, however, involves getting what you want without subjecting yourself to the dangers of actual physical conflict. As a result, we humans have evolved the social institution of verbal argument. We have arguments all the time in order to try to get what we want, and sometimes these "degenerate" into physical violence.”

Tags : Animals Argument Civilization Control Human Animals Institutions Metaphor Rational Reason Sex Territory Violence War
Author : George Lakoff

46. “I am a complicated person with a simple life and I am the reason for everything that ever happened to me.”

Tags : Charlotte Eriksson Complicated Fate Identity Life Person Personality Reason Self Songwriter The Glass Child Writer Young

47. “If Jarod Kintz was a cat, he'd stalk people silently and deadly. Right now, all he does is bark at them for no good reason, like all the good people do.”

Tags : Bark Barking Cat Cats Deadly Good Jarod Kintz People Proper Reason Reasoning Right Silent Stalking
Author : Will Advise
Source : Nothing is here...

48. “When we shrink from the sight of something, when we shroud it in euphemism, that is usually a sign of inner conflict, of unsettled hearts, a sign that something has gone wrong in our moral reasoning.”

Tags : Conflict Euphemism Morality Reason
Source : Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

49. “Reason lost the battle, and all I could do was surrender and accept I was in love.”

Tags : Acceptance Battle Love Reason Surrender
Author : Paulo Coelho
Source : The Witch Of Portobello

50. “Whenever we want to combat our enemies, first and foremost we must start by understanding them rather than exaggerating their motives.”

Tags : Argument Battle Biased Debate Enemies Exaggeration Fallacies Fallacy Motives Purpose Reason Strategy Straw Man Straw Man Fallacy Strawman Strawman Fallacy Tactic Unbiased Understanding War
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

51. “If the reason of your sleeplessness is competition, then you will make a successful businessman.”

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Author : Amit Kalantri

52. “Question like a child, reason like an adult, and write like a sage.”

Tags : Adult Advice Apologetics Child Comprehend Curiosity Experience Guru Humility Innocence Intelligence Knowledge Life Logical Philosophy Question Rational Reason Sage Sage Advice Theology Truth Truth Of Life Understand Wisdom Write Youth
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

53. “Considering he was neither priest nor scholar, the young man gave sensible, thoughtful replies -- the more so, perhaps, for being untrained, for he had not learned what he should believe or should not believe. Present a statement to him in flagrant contradiction to all Christian doctrine and he could be persuaded to agree on its good sense, unless he remembered it was the sort of thing of which pyres are made for the incautious.”

Tags : Catholicism Doctrine Education Freedom Freedom Of Religion Freedom Of Thought Good Sense Independent Thought Inquisition Persecution Philosophy Rationality Reason Schooling
Author : Iain Pears
Source : The Dream of Scipio

54. “Humanity is a cage, and our puritanical sensibilities comprise the bars. We are confined by our own reason and intellect, and yet most of us don't even know it.”

Tags : Animal Beast Danger Humanity Instinct Intellect Life Life And Living Life Lessons Living Reason Sex
Source : Fearscape

55. “If the Creator stood before a million men with the light of a million lamps, only a few would truly see him because truth is already alive in their hearts. Truth can only be seen by those with truth in them. He who does not have Truth in his heart, will always be blind to it.”

Tags : Alive Attitude Blinded Conscience Creator Faith Falsehood God Humanity Ignorant Illumination Lamps Lies Life Light Man Mankind Media People Reason Recognize Religion See Seeiking Truth Seeking God Truth Vision
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

56. “G. Stanley Hall, a creature of his times, believed strongly that adolescence was determined – a fixed feature of human development that could be explained and accounted for in scientific fashion. To make his case, he relied on Haeckel's faulty recapitulation idea, Lombroso's faulty phrenology-inspired theories of crime, a plethora of anecdotes and one-sided interpretations of data. Given the issues, theories, standards and data-handling methods of his day, he did a superb job. But when you take away the shoddy theories, put the anecdotes in their place, and look for alternate explanations of the data, the bronze statue tumbles hard.I have no doubt that many of the street teens of Hall's time were suffering or insufferable, but it's a serious mistake to develop a timeless, universal theory of human nature around the peculiarities of the people of one's own time and place.”

Tags : Adolescence Child Children Data Data Analysis Freud Human Nature Immigration Logic Mathematics Parents Phrenology Poverty Psychology Reason Science Scientific Method Teenagers Turmoil Youthful Arrogance Youthfulness
Source : Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence

57. “In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.”

Tags : Assurance Belief Certainty Degrees Doubt Evidence Facts Proportion Reason Reasoning Science Skepticism Wisdom
Author : David Hume
Source : An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

58. “Tell a devout Christian that his wife is cheating on him, or that frozen yogurt can make a man invisible, and he is likely to require as much evidence as anyone else, and to be persuaded only to the extent that you give it. Tell him that the book he keeps by his bed was written by an invisible deity who will punish him with fire for eternity if he fails to accept its every incredible claim about the universe, and he seems to require no evidence what so ever.”

Tags : Devout Christian Evidence Reason Skepticism
Author : Sam Harris
Source : The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

59. “If someone doesn't value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide to prove that they should value it? If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument could you provide to show the importance of logic?”

Tags : Evidence Honesty Importance Logic Paradox Reason Value
Author : Sam Harris

60. “...What I have denied and what my reason compels me to deny, is the existence of a Being throned above us as a god, directing our mundane affairs in detail, regarding us as individuals, punishing us, rewarding us as human judges might.When the churches learn to take this rational view of things, when they become true schools of ethics and stop teaching fables, they will be more effective than they are to-day... If they would turn all that ability to teaching this one thing – the fact that honesty is best, that selfishness and lies of any sort must surely fail to produce happiness – they would accomplish actual things. Religious faiths and creeds have greatly hampered our development. They have absorbed and wasted some fine intellects. That creeds are getting to be less and less important to the average mind with every passing year is a good sign, I think, although I do not wish to talk about what is commonly called theology.The criticisms which have been hurled at me have not worried me. A man cannot control his beliefs. If he is honest in his frank expression of them, that is all that can in justice be required of him. Professor Thomson and a thousand others do not in the least agree with me. His criticism of me, as I read it, charged that because I doubted the soul’s immortality, or ‘personality,’ as he called it, my mind must be abnormal, ‘pathological,’ in other, words, diseased... I try to say exactly what I honestly believe to be the truth, and more than that no man can do. I honestly believe that creedists have built up a mighty structure of inaccuracy, based, curiously, on those fundamental truths which I, with every honest man, must not alone admit but earnestly acclaim.I have been working on the same lines for many years. I have tried to go as far as possible toward the bottom of each subject I have studied. I have not reached my conclusions through study of traditions; I have reached them through the study of hard fact. I cannot see that unproved theories or sentiment should be permitted to have influence in the building of conviction upon matters so important. Science proves its theories or it rejects them. I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. I earnestly believe that I am right; I cannot help believing as I do... I cannot accept as final any theory which is not provable. The theories of the theologians cannot be proved. Proof, proof! That is what I always have been after; that is what my mind requires before it can accept a theory as fact. Some things are provable, some things disprovable, some things are doubtful. All the problems which perplex us, now, will, soon or late, be solved, and solved beyond a question through scientific investigation. The thing which most impresses me about theology is that it does not seem to be investigating. It seems to be asserting, merely, without actual study....Moral teaching is the thing we need most in this world, and many of these men could be great moral teachers if they would but give their whole time to it, and to scientific search for the rock-bottom truth, instead of wasting it upon expounding theories of theology which are not in the first place firmly based. What we need is search for fundamentals, not reiteration of traditions born in days when men knew even less than we do now.[Columbian Magazine interview]”

Tags : Atheism Belief Evidence Knowledge Morality Proof Reason Science Skepticism Study Theology Tradition Truth

61. “To evade insanity and depression, we unconsciously limit the number of people toward whom we are sincerely sympathetic.”

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62. “There is a season for everything under the sun—even when we can’t see the sun.”

Tags : Dark Night Of The Soul Darkness Depression Meaning Perseverance Purpose Reason Seasons Seasons Of Life Solomon
Author : Jared Brock
Source : A Year of Living Prayerfully: How a Curious Traveler Met the Pope, Walked on Coals, Danced with Rabbis, and Revived His Prayer Life

63. “Without the voice of reason, every faith is its own curse."(History Will Teach Us Nothing)”

Tags : Doctrine Dogma Faith Fundamentalism Radicalism Reason
Author : Sting
Source : Nothing Like the Sun

64. “I believe despite my doubts, belief gives me power reason takes away”

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Source : Pearls Of Eternity

65. “Is human dignity and human life so cheap that the rights protecting it can be traded away to appease the appetite for intimidation and prejudice of a vicious and self-centered group - for whatever reason, power, politics, nationalism, or unity?”

Tags : Appease Appetite Cheap Group Human Dignity Human Life Intimidation Nationalism Politics Power Prejudice Protecting Reason Rights Self Centred Traded Away Unity Vicious
Source : Bugspray

66. “This century will be called Darwin's century. He was one of the greatest men who ever touched this globe. He has explained more of the phenomena of life than all of the religious teachers. Write the name of Charles Darwin on the one hand and the name of every theologian who ever lived on the other, and from that name has come more light to the world than from all of those. His doctrine of evolution, his doctrine of the survival of the fittest, his doctrine of the origin of species, has removed in every thinking mind the last vestige of orthodox Christianity. He has not only stated, but he has demonstrated, that the inspired writer knew nothing of this world, nothing of the origin of man, nothing of geology, nothing of astronomy, nothing of nature; that the Bible is a book written by ignorance--at the instigation of fear. Think of the men who replied to him. Only a few years ago there was no person too ignorant to successfully answer Charles Darwin, and the more ignorant he was the more cheerfully he undertook the task. He was held up to the ridicule, the scorn and contempt of the Christian world, and yet when he died, England was proud to put his dust with that of her noblest and her grandest. Charles Darwin conquered the intellectual world, and his doctrines are now accepted facts. His light has broken in on some of the clergy, and the greatest man who to-day occupies the pulpit of one of the orthodox churches, Henry Ward Beecher, is a believer in the theories of Charles Darwin--a man of more genius than all the clergy of that entire church put together....The church teaches that man was created perfect, and that for six thousand years he has degenerated. Darwin demonstrated the falsity of this dogma. He shows that man has for thousands of ages steadily advanced; that the Garden of Eden is an ignorant myth; that the doctrine of original sin has no foundation in fact; that the atonement is an absurdity; that the serpent did not tempt, and that man did not 'fall.'Charles Darwin destroyed the foundation of orthodox Christianity. There is nothing left but faith in what we know could not and did not happen. Religion and science are enemies. One is a superstition; the other is a fact. One rests upon the false, the other upon the true. One is the result of fear and faith, the other of investigation and reason.”

Tags : Astronomy Atonement Charles Darwin Clergy Darwin England Evolution Fact Fear Genius Geology Ignorance Investigation Myth Nature Origin Of Species Original Sin Orthodox Orthodox Christianity Reason Science Superstition Survival Of The Fittest True
Source : Lectures of Col. R.G. Ingersoll: Including His Letters on the Chinese God--Is Suicide a Sin?--The Right to One's Life--Etc. Etc. Etc, Volume 2

67. “Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.”

Tags : Art Artists Arts Fantasy Marvels Monsters Reason

68. “You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don't want to understand you.”

Tags : Beauty Earth Heaven Life Reason Truth Understand Wisdom
Author : Anton Chekhov

69. “Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why so great a portion of mankind, after nature has long since discharged them from external direction (naturaliter maiorennes), nevertheless remains under lifelong tutelage, and why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians. It is so easy not to be of age. If I have a book which understands for me, a pastor who has a conscience for me, a physician who decides my diet, and so forth, I need not trouble myself. I need not think, if I can only pay - others will easily undertake the irksome work for me.That the step to competence is held to be very dangerous by the far greater portion of mankind...”

Tags : Competence Cowardice Danger Laziness Mankind Nature Pastor Physician Reason Tutelage
Author : Immanuel Kant
Source : An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?

70. “If logic and reason, the hard, cold products of the mind, can be relied upon to deliver justice or produce the truth, how is it that these brain-heavy judges rarely agree? Five-to-four decisions are the rule, not the exception. Nearly half of the court must be unjust and wrong nearly half of the time. Each decision, whether the majority or minority, exudes logic and reason like the obfuscating ink from a jellyfish, and in language as opaque. The minority could have as easily become the decision of the court. At once we realize that logic, no matter how pretty and neat, that reason, no matter how seemingly profound and deep, does not necessarily produce truth, much less justice. Logic and reason often become but tools used by those in power to deliver their load of injustice to the people. And ultimate truth, if, indeed, it exists, is rarely recognizable in the endless rows of long words that crowd page after page of most judicial regurgitations.”

Tags : Injustice Judges Judiciary Justice Logic Reason Supreme Court
Author : Gerry Spence
Source : How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday

71. “It didn't make you noble to step away from something that wasn't working, even if you thought you were the reason for the malfunction. Especially then. It just made you a quitter. Because if you were the problem, chances were you could also be the solution. The only way to find out was to take another shot.”

Tags : Giving Your Best Leave Life Love Malfunction Noble Problem Quitter Reason Solution Step Away Working It Out
Author : Sarah Dessen
Source : Along for the Ride

72. “I accept the fact that there is always a way out in every situation we find ourselves but, until we begin to ponder, panacea will be very scarce”

Tags : Life Hurdles Ponder Problems In Life Problems In The World Problems Quotes Reason Solutions To Your Problems Think Ahead Of Time Words Of Inspiration Words Of Motivation Words Of Wisdom

73. “No one is an outside observer of nature,We're defined by our environment and our interaction with that environment -- by our ecology. And that ecology is necessarily relative, historical and empirical.”

Tags : Beau Beau Lotto Color Colors Colour Harmon Harmon Okinyo Harmon Okish Inspiration Inspirational Quotes Lotto Nature Okinyo Perception Perception And Reality Perception Of Reality Race Race Relations Racism Reality Reason Reasoning Science
Author : Beau Lotto

74. “Resources are hired to give results, not reasons.”

Tags : Amit Kalantri Amit Kalantri Quotes Appointment Business Business Quotes Complaints Corporate Employee Hire Hiring Hr Human Human Resource Humans Inspirational Inspirational Quotes Motivation Motivational Motivational Quotes Philosophy Reason Resource Resources Result Wisdom Work
Author : Amit Kalantri
Source : Wealth of Words

75. “The so-called paradox of freedom is the argument that freedom in the sense of absence of any constraining control must lead to very great restraint, since it makes the bully free to enslave the meek. The idea is, in a slightly different form, and with very different tendency, clearly expressed in Plato.Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. — In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.”

Tags : Argument Criminal Force Intolerance Philosophy Plato Reason Science Tolerance
Source : The Open Society and Its Enemies

76. “I find I am much prouder of the victory I obtain over myself, when, in the very ardor of dispute, I make myself submit to my adversary’s force of reason, than I am pleased with the victory I obtain over him through his weakness.”

Tags : Adversary Ardor Argument Changed Mind Dispute Force Open Mind Pleasure Pride Reason Victory Weakness
Source : The Complete Essays

77. “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade...”

Tags : America Capitalism Commerce Constitution Crisis Drugs Economics Economy Force Freedom Government Jobs Law Life Objective Law Philosophy Pursuit Of Happiness Regulation Rock And Roll Society Tyranny Usa Volition Wealth
Author : Ayn Rand
Source : Atlas Shrugged

78. “To all man who stayed when others run away. Who acted responsible by accepting their children and fatherhood. Who support their children with little that they have. Who act at best interest of their children or wife.Who work hard in providing for their families. Who knows that to be a father it means they have to be strong. Being strong doesn't mean they have to be abusive, violent, molest, rape, harsh, stubborn, aggressive , arrogant, selfish, or being hard on the family for no reason.Some are fathers to children who are not their own. I salute step dads. To all man who are fathers not by tittle but by action. Happy Fathers Day. Its easy to be a father than a step dad. So big up to all the step dad out there who are doing a great job in accepting and raising other children as their own.”

Tags : Abusive Advice Aggresive Daddy Dj Encouragement Father Goals Grew Intelligence Leadership Life Molest Motivation Optimist Philosopher Raising Rape Reason Responsible Selfish Speaker Strong Stubborn Support Thoughts Violent Work Hard

79. “Nonsense has taken up residence in the heart of public debate and also in the academy. This nonsense is part of the huge fund of unreason on which the plans and schemes of optimists draw for their vitality. Nonsense confiscates meaning. It thereby puts truth and falsehood, reason and unreason, light and darkness on an equal footing. It is a blow cast in defence of intellectual freedom, as the optimists construe it, namely the freedom to believe anything at all, provided you feel better for it.”

Tags : Academy Believe Darkness Debate Equal Falsehood Feel Feeling Freedom Heart Light Meaning Nonsense Optimism Optimists Plan Plans Public Reason Scheme Schemes Truth Unreason Vitality
Author : Roger Scruton
Source : The Uses of Pessimism: And the Danger of False Hope

80. “Middle age has been defined as what happens when a person's broad mind and narrow waist change places.”

Tags : Life Principles Reason
Author : A.C. Grayling
Source : The Heart of Things: Applying Philosophy to the 21st Century

81. “Wine is stronger than reason.”

Tags : Prohibition Reason Wine
Author : Marty Rubin

82. “It was the general opinion of ancient nations, that the divinity alone was adequate to the important office of giving laws to men... and modern nations, in the consecrations of kings, and in several superstitious chimeras of divine rights in princes and nobles, are nearly unanimous in preserving remnants of it... Is the jealousy of power, and the envy of superiority, so strong in all men, that no considerations of public or private utility are sufficient to engage their submission to rules for their own happiness? Or is the disposition to imposture so prevalent in men of experience, that their private views of ambition and avarice can be accomplished only by artifice? — … There is nothing in which mankind have been more unanimous; yet nothing can be inferred from it more than this, that the multitude have always been credulous, and the few artful. The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature: and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had any interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the inspiration of heaven, any more than those at work upon ships or houses, or labouring in merchandize or agriculture: it will for ever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses. As Copley painted Chatham, West, Wolf, and Trumbull, Warren and Montgomery; as Dwight, Barlow, Trumbull, and Humphries composed their verse, and Belknap and Ramzay history; as Godfrey invented his quadrant, and Rittenhouse his planetarium; as Boylston practised inoculation, and Franklin electricity; as Paine exposed the mistakes of Raynal, and Jefferson those of Buffon, so unphilosophically borrowed from the Recherches Philosophiques sur les Américains those despicable dreams of de Pauw — neither the people, nor their conventions, committees, or sub-committees, considered legislation in any other light than ordinary arts and sciences, only as of more importance. Called without expectation, and compelled without previous inclination, though undoubtedly at the best period of time both for England and America, to erect suddenly new systems of laws for their future government, they adopted the method of a wise architect, in erecting a new palace for the residence of his sovereign. They determined to consult Vitruvius, Palladio, and all other writers of reputation in the art; to examine the most celebrated buildings, whether they remain entire or in ruins; compare these with the principles of writers; and enquire how far both the theories and models were founded in nature, or created by fancy: and, when this should be done, as far as their circumstances would allow, to adopt the advantages, and reject the inconveniences, of all. Unembarrassed by attachments to noble families, hereditary lines and successions, or any considerations of royal blood, even the pious mystery of holy oil had no more influence than that other of holy water: the people universally were too enlightened to be imposed on by artifice; and their leaders, or more properly followers, were men of too much honour to attempt it. Thirteen governments thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favour of the rights of mankind.[Preface to 'A Defence of the Constitutions of the United States of America', 1787]”

Tags : Advantage Artifice Constitution Discovery Divine Right Divinity Expectation Government Happiness Holy Water Influence Invention Jefferson Laws Mankind Paine Philosophy Politics Reason Rights Science Secular Secular Government Superstition Thomas Jefferson Thomas Paine
Author : John Adams
Source : A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America

83. “I swear, gentlemen, that to be too conscious is an illness - a real thorough-going illness.”

Tags : Conscious Disease Fyodor Dostoyevsky Illness Intellect Notes From The Underground Reason
Source : Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead

84. “I'm telling you this for one reason and one reason only: No matter how sure you are of someone's love, it's always nice to hear it.”

Tags : Affection Affirmation Confirmation Love Lovers Nice Reason
Author : Mike Gayle
Source : Turning Thirty

85. “Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.”

Tags : Achieve Achievement Achieving Ambition Goals Inspiration Inspirational Inspire Inspiring Life Lifestyle Living Meaning Motivate Motivating Motivation Motivational Purpose Purpose In Life Reason Reason To Breathe Reason To Live Sacrifice Success Successful Living
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Venus in Arms

86. “To seek truth requires one to ask the right questions. Those void of truth never ask about anything because their ego and arrogance prevent them from doing so. Therefore, they will always remain ignorant. Those on the right path to Truth are extremely heart-driven and childlike in their quest, always asking questions, always wanting to understand and know everything — and are not afraid to admit they don't know something. However, every truth seeker does need to breakdown their ego first to see Truth. If the mind is in the way, the heart won't see anything.”

Tags : Arrogance Arrogant Ask Questions Asking Questions Asking Questions Quotes Brain Child Egoism Egotism Fake God Heart Ignorance Media Mind News Path Quest Question Questions And Answers Reason Religion Road To Truth Seeking True Truth Truth Seeker Understand Understanding
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

87. “I learn the game not just to play it but to understand it in a way for me to be able to change the rules of It.”

Tags : Advice Athlete Calling On God Dj Encouragement Excesize Experience Game Changer Heavey Weight Inspiration Joy Knowledge Living Motivation Olympics Peaceful Philosopher Quest Quotes Rio Teach Thoughts Training Wisdom

88. “Wisdom is the remnant of being aware (being conscious)”

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89. “That not adhering to those notions Reason dictates (concerning the nature of God), has been the occasion of all superstition, and those innumerable mischiefs that mankind (on account of religion) have done to themselves or to one another.”

Tags : Deism Mischief Nature Reason Religion
Source : Christianity as Old as the Creation

90. “If you could not do much in the month of April with five letters, think of what really you can do with the month of May with three letters before you open the door of the month of June with four letters. Which is the break time for the entire twelve months of the year. Until you clearly understand how you are spending the year, you shall finish spending it and ponder over how you spent it, year after year! No one is absolutely free from excuses and the challenges of life. You just have to do something great with each day in the year!”

Tags : Do Something Each Day Do Something Now Excuses Idleness June Life Lessons Make A Difference May Quotes Reason Time Management Wasting Time

91. “Failure to put the relationship on a slower timetable may result in an act that was never intended in the first place. Another important principle is to avoid the circumstances where compromise is likely. A girl who wants to preserve her virginity should not find herself in a house or dorm room alone with someone to whom she is attracted. Nor should she single-date with someone she has reason not to trust. A guy who wants to be moral should stay away from the girl he knows would go to bed with him. Remember the words of Solomon to his son, “Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house” (Proverbs 5:8). I know this advice sounds very narrow in a day when virginity is mocked and chastity is considered old-fashioned. But I don’t apologize for it. The Scriptures are eternal, and God’s standards of right and wrong do not change with the whims of culture. He will honor and help those who are trying to follow His commandments. In fact, the apostle Paul said, “He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear” (1Corinthians 10:13). Hold that promise and continue to use your head. You’ll be glad you did.”

Tags : Act Avoid Away Change Chastity Continue Culture Do Glad He Is May Narrow Preserve Proberbs Scriptures Someone Stay Those Whims
Source : Life on the Edge: The Next Generation's Guide to a Meaningful Future

92. “If we had to earn our age by thinking for ourselves at least once a year, only a handful of people would reach adulthood.”

Tags : Adult Adults Aphorism Childish Conform Crazy Growth Hard Work Humour Immaturity Independent Thinker Independent Thinking Mr Follow Follow Original Original Thought Originality Philosopher Sheep Silver Plater Think Thinkers Toil

93. “Negative brands are the main reasons why your dreams become too hard to change shape. Negative brand can cake your dreams to take undesirable shape without permitting for remedy to be made.”

Tags : Brand Branding Brands Cake Change Food For Thought Hard Israelmore Ayivor Negative Permit Personal Branding Reason Shape Shape The Dream
Source : Shaping the dream

94. “The reason for the peculiar name could be found in the whimsical sense of humor of the early colonists who arrived on Deanna several decades in the past and found very little at all there to laugh at. Obsidian Crows might seem funny at first, unless you just happened to ride over one with your Jeepo five miles out of town and didn’t have a spare tire. Although there was a reasonable expectation of hitting one of these diminutive brutes on the roads, this did not happen nearly as often as you might think.”

Tags : Early First Found Hitting Jeepo Just Laugh Obsidian One Reason Roads Several Think Tire
Source : Dead Man's Hammer

95. “I'm small, I'm young - and I'm so different. You've always respected that difference, and you've always trusted it. Trust me now. There's a reason I am the way I am, and there's a reason I was born to you. There's always a reason. We belong together.”

Tags : Belong Difference Different Reason Together Trust
Author : Dean Koontz
Source : Relentless

96. “Each religion makes scores of purportedly factual assertions about everything from the creation of the universe to the afterlife. But on what grounds can believers presume to know that these assertions are true? The reasons they give are various, but the ultimate justification for most religious people’s beliefs is a simple one: we believe what we believe because our holy scriptures say so. But how, then, do we know that our holy scriptures are factually accurate? Because the scriptures themselves say so. Theologians specialize in weaving elaborate webs of verbiage to avoid saying anything quite so bluntly, but this gem of circular reasoning really is the epistemological bottom line on which all 'faith' is grounded. In the words of Pope John Paul II: 'By the authority of his absolute transcendence, God who makes himself known is also the source of the credibility of what he reveals.' It goes without saying that this begs the question of whether the texts at issue really were authored or inspired by God, and on what grounds one knows this. 'Faith' is not in fact a rejection of reason, but simply a lazy acceptance of bad reasons. 'Faith' is the pseudo-justification that some people trot out when they want to make claims without the necessary evidence.But of course we never apply these lax standards of evidence to the claims made in the other fellow’s holy scriptures: when it comes to religions other than one’s own, religious people are as rational as everyone else. Only our own religion, whatever it may be, seems to merit some special dispensation from the general standards of evidence.And here, it seems to me, is the crux of the conflict between religion and science. Not the religious rejection of specific scientific theories (be it heliocentrism in the 17th century or evolutionary biology today); over time most religions do find some way to make peace with well-established science. Rather, the scientific worldview and the religious worldview come into conflict over a far more fundamental question: namely, what constitutes evidence.Science relies on publicly reproducible sense experience (that is, experiments and observations) combined with rational reflection on those empirical observations. Religious people acknowledge the validity of that method, but then claim to be in the possession of additional methods for obtaining reliable knowledge of factual matters — methods that go beyond the mere assessment of empirical evidence — such as intuition, revelation, or the reliance on sacred texts. But the trouble is this: What good reason do we have to believe that such methods work, in the sense of steering us systematically (even if not invariably) towards true beliefs rather than towards false ones? At least in the domains where we have been able to test these methods — astronomy, geology and history, for instance — they have not proven terribly reliable. Why should we expect them to work any better when we apply them to problems that are even more difficult, such as the fundamental nature of the universe?Last but not least, these non-empirical methods suffer from an insuperable logical problem: What should we do when different people’s intuitions or revelations conflict? How can we know which of the many purportedly sacred texts — whose assertions frequently contradict one another — are in fact sacred?”

Tags : Begging The Question Beliefs Circular Reasoning Contradictions Empirical Evidence Holy Books Holy Scriptures John Paul Ii Logic Observation Philosophy Physics Pope Reason Religious Books Revelation Sacred Science Science Vs Religion Scriptures
Author : Alan Sokal

97. “Could it be that we lost something because had we not lost it, we would have lost ourselves?”

Tags : Clarity Compass Destiny Lose Lost Map Ourselves Purpose Rationale Reason Road Self Wander Wandering

98. “Study, along the lines which the theologies have mapped, will never lead us to discovery of the fundamental facts of our existence. That goal must be attained by means of exact science and can only be achieved by such means. The fact that man, for ages, has superstitiously believed in what he calls a God does not prove at all that his theory has been right. There have been many gods – all makeshifts, born of inability to fathom the deep fundamental truth. There must be something at the bottom of existence, and man, in ignorance, being unable to discover what it is through reason, because his reason has been so imperfect, undeveloped, has used, instead, imagination, and created figments, of one kind or another, which, according to the country he was born in, the suggestions of his environment, satisfied him for the time being. Not one of all the gods of all the various theologies has ever really been proved. We accept no ordinary scientific fact without the final proof; why should we, then, be satisfied in this most mighty of all matters, with a mere theory?Destruction of false theories will not decrease the sum of human happiness in future, any more than it has in the past... The days of miracles have passed. I do not believe, of course, that there was ever any day of actual miracles. I cannot understand that there were ever any miracles at all. My guide must be my reason, and at thought of miracles my reason is rebellious. Personally, I do not believe that Christ laid claim to doing miracles, or asserted that he had miraculous power...Our intelligence is the aggregate intelligence of the cells which make us up. There is no soul, distinct from mind, and what we speak of as the mind is just the aggregate intelligence of cells. It is fallacious to declare that we have souls apart from animal intelligence, apart from brains. It is the brain that keeps us going. There is nothing beyond that.Life goes on endlessly, but no more in human beings than in other animals, or, for that matter, than in vegetables. Life, collectively, must be immortal, human beings, individually, cannot be, as I see it, for they are not the individuals – they are mere aggregates of cells.There is no supernatural. We are continually learning new things. There are powers within us which have not yet been developed and they will develop. We shall learn things of ourselves, which will be full of wonders, but none of them will be beyond the natural.[Columbian Magazine interview]”

Tags : Destruction Falsehood Gods Immortality Inspirational Makeshift Miracles Naturalism Reason Satisfaction Science Soul Study Superstitious Theology Theory Truth Wonder

99. “To be real is to be who you are according to the purpose which God wants you to accomplish but not to be who people want you to be according to what they think you should be.”

Tags : Be Courageous Be Firm Be Real Being Yourself Confusion And Attitude Do What You Have To Do Inspirational Quotes Purpose In Life Realities Realities Of Life Reason Stay Focused Taking Steps What People Say Or Think What People Think Of You Wisdom Quotes Words Of Wsdom

100. “Giving does not only preceed receiving; it is the reason for it. It is in giving that we receive.”

Tags : Food For Thought Free Freely Give Generous Generousity Gifts Give Give Freely Giving Preceed Reason Reasons For Giving Receive Receiving

101. “All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.”

Tags : Empiricism Knowledge Rationalism Reason Senses Understanding
Author : Immanuel Kant
Source : Critique of Pure Reason

102. “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo, sì perché le presenti osservazioni spogliano d'autorità i decreti de' passati scrittori, i quali se vedute l'avessero, avrebbono diversamente determinato.For in the sciences the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man. Besides, the modern observations deprive all former writers of any authority, since if they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge.”

Tags : Authority Judgment Observation Opinion Reason Science
Source : Frammenti e lettere

103. “When making a point, there are 2 types of people who may disagree with you: those who can support their reasons, and the childish ones who are too worried about being told what to do.”

Tags : Anger Apologetics Argument Authority Beliefs Childishness Debate Disagreement Humility Insecure Opinions Reason Spite
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

104. “[Robert's eulogy at his brother, Ebon C. Ingersoll's grave. Even the great orator Robert Ingersoll was choked up with tears at the memory of his beloved brother]The record of a generous life runs like a vine around the memory of our dead, and every sweet, unselfish act is now a perfumed flower.Dear Friends: I am going to do that which the dead oft promised he would do for me.The loved and loving brother, husband, father, friend, died where manhood's morning almost touches noon, and while the shadows still were falling toward the west.He had not passed on life's highway the stone that marks the highest point; but, being weary for a moment, he lay down by the wayside, and, using his burden for a pillow, fell into that dreamless sleep that kisses down his eyelids still. While yet in love with life and raptured with the world, he passed to silence and pathetic dust.Yet, after all, it may be best, just in the happiest, sunniest hour of all the voyage, while eager winds are kissing every sail, to dash against the unseen rock, and in an instant hear the billows roar above a sunken ship. For whether in mid sea or 'mong the breakers of the farther shore, a wreck at last must mark the end of each and all. And every life, no matter if its every hour is rich with love and every moment jeweled with a joy, will, at its close, become a tragedy as sad and deep and dark as can be woven of the warp and woof of mystery and death.This brave and tender man in every storm of life was oak and rock; but in the sunshine he was vine and flower. He was the friend of all heroic souls. He climbed the heights, and left all superstitions far below, while on his forehead fell the golden dawning, of the grander day.He loved the beautiful, and was with color, form, and music touched to tears. He sided with the weak, the poor, and wronged, and lovingly gave alms. With loyal heart and with the purest hands he faithfully discharged all public trusts.He was a worshipper of liberty, a friend of the oppressed. A thousand times I have heard him quote these words: 'For Justice all place a temple, and all season, summer!' He believed that happiness was the only good, reason the only torch, justice the only worship, humanity the only religion, and love the only priest. He added to the sum of human joy; and were every one to whom he did some loving service to bring a blossom to his grave, he would sleep to-night beneath a wilderness of flowers.Life is a narrow vale between the cold and barren peaks of two eternities. We strive in vain to look beyond the heights. We cry aloud, and the only answer is the echo of our wailing cry. From the voiceless lips of the unreplying dead there comes no word; but in the night of death hope sees a star and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.He who sleeps here, when dying, mistaking the approach of death for the return of health, whispered with his latest breath, 'I am better now.' Let us believe, in spite of doubts and dogmas, of fears and tears, that these dear words are true of all the countless dead.And now, to you, who have been chosen, from among the many men he loved, to do the last sad office for the dead, we give his sacred dust.Speech cannot contain our love. There was, there is, no gentler, stronger, manlier man.”

Tags : Brave Cry Dead Death Dogma Ebon C Ingersoll Friend Happiness Health Ingersoll Inspiration Inspirational Life Love Loving Loyalty Memory Mystery Purity Reason Sad Sadness Tears Tragedy Trust
Source : Some Mistakes of Moses

105. “I felt for the tormented whirlwindsDamned for their carnal sinsCommitted when they let their passions rule their reason.”

Tags : Dante Inferno Italian Medieval Poetry Lustful Passion Reason Sinners

106. “Stay at peace with everyone you meet and hold no grudge with anyone for any reason.”

Tags : Anger Angry At Peace With All Better You Calm Calmness Food For Thought Grudge Grudging Harmony Israelmore Ayivor Lifestyle Meekness Peace Peaceful Peaceful Living Personal Development Quarreling Reason Season Success
Source : Become a Better You

107. “You will find that reason, which always ought to direct mankind, seldom does; but that passions and weaknesses commonly usurp its seat, and rule in its stead.”

Tags : Mankind Passions Reason

108. “The difficulty is that, so long as unreason prevails, a solution of our troubles can only be reached by chance; for while reason, being impersonal, makes universal co-operation possible, unreason, since it represents private passions, makes strife inevitable. It is for this reason that rationality, in the sense of an appeal to a universal and impersonal standard of truth, is of supreme importance to the well-being of the human species.”

Tags : Cooperation Human Species Impersonal Passions Rationality Reason Truth Universal Unreason Well Being
Source : In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays

109. “Faithfulness imparts God's reason for all circumstances. No matter what the world says, losing is no longer an option.”

Tags : Adversity Circumstances Faith Faithfulness God Imparting Impenetrable Inspirational Invincible Losing Opinions Options Purpose Reason Spiritual Unstoppable Winning World
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Venus in Arms

110. “The finger of the atheists' own divinity, Reason, wrote on the wall the appalling judgments that there is no God; that the universe is only matter in spontaneous motion; and, most grievous word of all, that what men call their souls die with the death of the body, as music dies when the strings are broken.”

Tags : Atheism Divinity God Reason The Soul The Universe
Source : Diderot and the Encyclopaedists

111. “The happiness of mankind, if it ever should come to pass, would still leave men asking: Why? What point to it? To what end?”

Tags : Ends Happiness Meaning Reason Why
Source : The Illusion of Technique: A Search for Meaning in a Technological Civilization

112. “Naive people tend to generalize people as—-good, bad, kind, or evil based on their actions. However, even the smartest person in the world is not the wisest or the most spiritual, in all matters. We are all flawed. Maybe, you didn’t know a few of these things about Einstein, but it puts the notion of perfection to rest. Perfection doesn’t exist in anyone. Nor, does a person’s mistakes make them less valuable to the world. 1. He divorced the mother of his children, which caused Mileva, his wife, to have a break down and be hospitalized.2.He was a ladies man and was known to have had several affairs; infidelity was listed as a reason for his divorce.3.He married his cousin.4.He had an estranged relationship with his son.5. He had his first child out of wedlock.6. He urged the FDR to build the Atom bomb, which killed thousands of people.7. He was Jewish, yet he made many arguments for the possibility of God. Yet, hypocritically he did not believe in the Jewish God or Christianity. He stated, “I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and the doings of mankind.”

Tags : Be Not Ashamed Be Proud Callings College Degree Commonsense Debates Do The Right Thing Ego Einstein Einstein S Life Expectations Fabricated Quotes Facts God S Plan History Investigation Knowing History Life Mission Naive Peity Philosophy Religion Research Studying Theology Truth Unfair High Standards Wisdom Worthyness

113. “Thinking makes man to be god & GOD to dwell in Man.”

Tags : Creativity Dreams And Reality Dreams Come True Goal Setting Goals In Life Hope Inspirational Life Life And Living Life Lessons Opportunities In Life Optimism Patience Peace Positive Attitude Positive Thinking Positive Thoughts Reality Reality Of Life Self Improvement Self Worth Source Of Happiness Success Successful Living True Love Wisdom Words Of Wisdom
Author : Auliq-Ice

114. “The SECRET to unravelling Life's MYSTERIES is thinking.”

Tags : Change Dreams And Reality Dreams Come True Happiness Inspirational Life Life And Living Love Optimism Patience Positive Attitude Positive Thinking Positive Thoughts Reality Reality Of Life Reason Self Worth Source Of Happiness Success Wisdom Words Of Wisdom
Author : Auliq-Ice

115. “If we could believe that he [Jesus] really countenanced the follies, the falsehoods, and the charlatanism which his biographers [Gospels] father on him, and admit the misconstructions, interpolations, and theorizations of the fathers of the early, and the fanatics of the latter ages, the conclusion would be irresistible by every sound mind that he was an impostor... We find in the writings of his biographers matter of two distinct descriptions. First, a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstitions, fanaticisms and fabrications... That sect [Jews] had presented for the object of their worship, a being of terrific character, cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust... Jesus had to walk on the perilous confines of reason and religion: and a step to right or left might place him within the gripe of the priests of the superstition, a blood thirsty race, as cruel and remorseless as the being whom they represented as the family God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, and the local God of Israel. They were constantly laying snares, too, to entangle him in the web of the law... That Jesus did not mean to impose himself on mankind as the son of God, physically speaking, I have been convinced by the writings of men more learned than myself in that lore.[Letter to William Short, 4 August, 1820]”

Tags : Cruel Fake Freethinker Freethought God Of Abraham Imposter Jehovah Judaism Lies New Testament Reason Skeptic Skepticism Yahweh
Source : Letters of Thomas Jefferson

116. “Dare to keep moving when it is a must and dare to keep waiting when you have to, but note, you shall always keep waiting if you keep waiting and you shall always keep moving when you keep moving!”

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117. “Dare to keep moving when it is a must and there to keep waiting when you have to, but note, you shall always keep waiting if you keep waiting and you shall always keep moving when you keep moving!”

Tags : Decide Decisiveness Double Mindedness Fear Haste Indecision Keep Moving Forward Keep Waiting Love Quotes Patience Reason Take A Step Thought Time Passing Timing Quotes

118. “Sometimes I have a good idea, something I wish I could remember, and instead of writing it down, commit it to my memory only to disappear when I needed it. Write your ideas as they come, if you wait it will be too long and you may not recover it. It may get destroyed as it is to seed to and fro in the ever rushing river of our thoughts”

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Source : Pearls Of Eternity

119. “Abraham Lincoln quoted the Scriptures in an 1858 speech to the Illinois Republican Convention. He said, “ A house divided against itself cannot stand.” That, I fear, is where diversity leads. If by that term we refer to love and tolerance for peoples who are different from one another, it has great validity for us. But if by diversity we mean that all of us have been given reason to resent one another. Having no common values, heritage, commitment, or hope, then we are a nation in serious trouble.”

Tags : Abraham Lincoln Are Cannot Common Different Diversity Divided Fear He Heritage Illinois In Nation No One Another Quoted Reason Stand
Source : Life on the Edge: The Next Generation's Guide to a Meaningful Future

120. “Enlightenment is man's release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man's inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Self-incurred is this tutelage when its cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another. Sapere aude! 'Have courage to use your own reason!'- that is the motto of enlightenment.”

Tags : Courage Direction Enlightenment Philosophy Reason Slave Truth Tutelage Understanding
Author : Immanuel Kant
Source : An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?

121. “Ideals make reason inaccessible.”

Tags : Ideals Reason

122. “Heresy would like to think of itself as 'invented Truth'. But of course, all Reason and Logic would agree that no man can ever create Truth; he can only discover it. If heresy were ever at all beneficial, God would use it really to bring one right back to Truth, as countless 'inventions' have brought men to discovery.”

Tags : Answers Apologetics Argumentation Create Deceit Discovery Doctrine Exploration Falsehood Fundamental Gnosticism God Heresy Hope Opinions Original Orthodoxy Questions Religion Science Theology Thought Truth Unoriginal
Author : Criss Jami

123. “Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor morum over each other. Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth. Let us reflect that it is inhabited by a thousand millions of people. That these profess probably a thousand different systems of religion. That ours is but one of that thousand. That if there be but one right, and ours that one, we should wish to see the 999 wandering sects gathered into the fold of truth. But against such a majority we cannot effect this by force. Reason and persuasion are the only practicable instruments. To make way for these, free enquiry must be indulged; and how can we wish others to indulge it while we refuse it ourselves.”

Tags : Error Fools Free Inquiry Hypocrites Reason Religious Violence Uniformity
Source : Notes on the State of Virginia

124. “Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,The proper study of mankind is Man.Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,A being darkly wise and rudely great:With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride,He hangs between, in doubt to act or rest;In doubt to deem himself a God or Beast;In doubt his mind or body to prefer;Born but to die, and reas'ning but to err;Alike in ignorance, his reason such,Whether he thinks too little or too much;Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;Still by himself abused or disabused;Created half to rise, and half to fall;Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl'd;The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!Go, wondrous creature! mount where science guides,Go, measure earth, weigh air, and state the tides;Instruct the planets in what orbs to run,Correct old time, and regulate the sun;Go, soar with Plato to th’ empyreal sphere,To the first good, first perfect, and first fair;Or tread the mazy round his followers trod,And quitting sense call imitating God;As Eastern priests in giddy circles run,And turn their heads to imitate the sun.Go, teach Eternal Wisdom how to rule—Then drop into thyself, and be a fool!”

Tags : Doubt Enlightenment Error Fallibility Humanity Humility Mankind Poetry Reason
Source : An Essay on Man

125. “The scientific spirit is of more value than its products, and irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.”

Tags : Error Hamr Irrationality Reason Science Scientific Truth Value
Source : Collected Essays of Thomas Henry Huxley

126. “Like Aristotle, conservatives generally accept the world as it is; they distrust the politics of abstract reason – that is, reason divorced from experience.”

Tags : Abstract Conservatism Conservative Inspirational Politics Reason Reasoning World

127. “I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”

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Author : Carl Sagan
Source : The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

128. “In life don't complain about anything ifyou're the reason for the outcome”

Tags : Complain Life Outcome Problems Reason
Source : Classified: The Human Women Guide

129. “When you are famous it is hard to work on small problems. This is what did Shannon in. After information theory, what do you do for an encore? The great scientists often make this error. They fail to continue to plant the little acorns from which the mighty oak trees grow. They try to get the big thing right off. And that isn't the way things go. So that is another reason why you find that when you get early recognition it seems to sterilize you.”

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130. “ must recognize the autonomy of reason and its ability to produce a rational, secular ethics. By the same criterion, reason must accept that it is legitimate for the heart, consciousness and faith to believe in an order and ends thar exist prior to its observation, discoveries and hypotheses. Once the distinction between the realms of faith and reason, and religion and science, has been accepted, it is therefore futile to debate, and still less to dispute, the hierarchy of first truths or the nature of the authority granted to their methods and their references.”

Tags : Faith Meaning Philosophy Reason Religion Science
Author : Tariq Ramadan
Source : The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism

131. “Faith and Reason are like two wings of the human spirit by which is soars to the truth.”

Tags : Faith Reason Truth

132. “Man is manifestly not the measure of all things. This universe is shot through with mystery. The very fact of its being, and of our own, is a mystery absolute, and the only miracle worthy of the name.”

Tags : Faith Reason Religion Science Skeptic
Author : Sam Harris
Source : The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

133. “Reason is in fact the path to faith, and faith takes over when reason can say no more.”

Tags : Faith Reason
Author : Thomas Merton

134. “Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.”

Tags : Faith Reason
Author : C.S. Lewis
Source : Mere Christianity

135. “Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.”

Tags : Faith Prejudice Reason
Author : Harper Lee
Source : Go Set a Watchman

136. “Feeling lost, crazy and desperate belongs to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason.”

Tags : Certainty Confusion Craziness Desperation Good Life Life Optimism Reason

137. “The reason for the past is only revealed in the future.”

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138. “A singer can shatter glass with the proper high note," he said, "but the simplest way to break glass is simply to drop it on the floor.”

Tags : Glass Humor Lestat Logic Luxury Meaning Reason Singer Vampire
Author : Anne Rice
Source : The Vampire Lestat

139. “Experience teaches effectually, but brutally. It makes us acquainted with all the effects of an action, by causing us to feel them; and we cannot fail to finish by knowing that fire burns, if we have burned ourselves. For this rough teacher, I should like, if possible, to substitute a more gentle one. I mean Foresight. For this purpose I shall examine the consequences of certain economical phenomena, by placing in opposition to each other those which are seen, and those which are not seen.”

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140. “We know enough at this moment to say that the God of Abraham is not only unworthy of the immensity of creation; he is unworthy even of man.”

Tags : Faith Reason Religion Science Skeptic
Author : Sam Harris

141. “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.”

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142. “We owe a huge debt to Galileo for emancipating us all from the stupid belief in an Earth-centered or man-centered (let alone God-centered) system. He quite literally taught us our place and allowed us to go on to make extraordinary advances in knowledge.”

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143. “I may not know why, but I do know why not and this is where I stand.”

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Author : J.R. Rim

144. “But what is the way forward? I know what it isn't. It's not, as we once believed, plenty to eat and a home with all the modern conveniences. It's not a 2,000-mile-long wall to keep Mexicans out or more accurate weapons to kill them. It's not a better low-fat meal or a faster computer speed. It's not a deodorant, a car, a soft drink, a skin cream. The way forward is found on a path through the wilderness of the head and heart---reason and emotion. Thinking, knowing, understanding.”

Tags : Emotion Growth Knowing Progress Reason Thinking Understanding
Source : Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

145. “After each of his books, the writer, for a while, feels once again that he can now die happy.”

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Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

146. “And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away all this artificial scaffolding...{Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823}”

Tags : Fable Father Freedom Of Thought Irreligion Jupiter Minerva Myth Reason Supreme Being United States Virgin Virgin Birth
Source : Letters of Thomas Jefferson

147. “Though I do not believe in the order of things, still the sticky little leaves that come out in the spring are dear to me, the blue sky is dear to me, some people are dear to me, whom one loves sometimes, would you believe it, without even knowing why; some human deeds are dear to me, which one has perhaps long ceased believing in, but still honors with one's heart, out of old habit..."--Ivan Karamazov”

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148. “There's sometimes a tugging feeling you get to push further when you aren't being challenged enough or when things get too comfortable.”

Tags : Accomplishment Ambition Challenges Comfort Courage Difficulty Discomfort Drive Emotion Feeling Further Perseverance Purpose Reason Risk Success Too Easy Tugging
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

149. “To think what is true, to sense what is beautiful and to want what is good, hereby the spirit finds purpose of a life in reason.”

Tags : Beautiful Inspirational Life Meaning Meaning Of Life Purpose Purpose Of Life Reason

150. “Thus identified with astronomy, in proclaiming truths supposed to be hostile to Scripture, Geology has been denounced as the enemy of religion. The twin sisters of terrestrial and celestial physics have thus been joint-heirs of intolerance and persecution—unresisting victims in the crusade which ignorance and fanaticism are ever waging against science. When great truths are driven to make an appeal to reason, knowledge becomes criminal, and philosophers martyrs. Truth, however, like all moral powers, can neither be checked nor extinguished. When compressed, it but reacts the more. It crushes where it cannot expand—it burns where it is not allowed to shine. Human when originally divulged, it becomes divine when finally established. At first, the breath of a rage—at last it is the edict of a god. Endowed with such vital energy, astronomical truth has cut its way through the thick darkness of superstitious times, and, cheered by its conquests, Geology will find the same open path when it has triumphed over the less formidable obstacles of a civilized age.”

Tags : Astronomy Civilization Conquest Criminal Fanaticism Geology Ignorance Intolerance Knowledge Martyrs Persecution Philosophers Physics Reason Religion Science Science And Religion Science Vs Religion Scripture Superstition Triumph Truth
Source : More Worlds Than One: The Creed of the Philosopher and the Hope of the Christian

151. “The aim is to love God because the pure heart loves loving God and because the true mind knows He deserves it. Unlike the accusations and beliefs of the critics and skeptics, it is neither an obligation of duty; nor a fear of damnation; nor a wish for power; nor a desire to appear more righteous than others; nor because God needs it; but because through all love, truth, reason, faith, honesty, and joy in and beyond oneself and the universe, He is worthy.”

Tags : Apologetics Belief Christian Damnation Fear Heart Hell Honesty Insincerity Jesus Christ Joy Love Obligation Power Purity Reason Service Thankfulness Truth Understanding Universe Worship
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

152. “Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies, however vague, however unfulfilled, to support or prop up their beliefs. Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science? ... No other human institution comes close.”

Tags : Prophecy Reason Science Science Vs Religion Scientific Method Sense Of Wonder Transcendence
Author : Carl Sagan
Source : The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

153. “You might be looking for reasons but there are no reasons.”

Tags : Friendship Love Reason Regret Suicide
Author : Nina LaCour
Source : Hold Still

154. “It’s too bad war gets all the attention; it’s too bad the plant is easier to see than the root.”

Tags : Reason Roots War
Source : Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet

155. “The voices of cold reason were talking, as usual, to deaf ears.”

Tags : Argument Rationality Reason Stubbornness
Author : Ellis Peters
Source : Brother Cadfael's Penance

156. “If I don't see the reason of someone being my friend, chances are, we are just floating and I need a ship to set sail.”

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Source : Master of Maxims

157. “You can't stop a soldier from being frightened but you can give him motivation to help him overcome that fear. I have no such motivation. I can't have. I'm a witcher: an artificially created mutant. I kill monsters for money. I defend children when their parents pay me to. If Nilfgaardian parents pay me, I'll defend Nilfgaardian children. And even if the world lies in ruin - which does not seem likely to me - I'll carry on killing monsters in the ruins of this world until some monster kills me. That is my fate, my reason, my life and my attitude to the world. And it is not what I chose. It was chosen for me.”

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Source : Krew elfów

158. “When you lose reasoning you forget humanity,When you forget laughter you lose Divinity. Munindra Misra”

Tags : Humanity Laughter Misra Munindra Reason
Source : PT. Kanhaiya Lal Misra - My Father

159. “Reason, Observation and Experience — the Holy Trinity of Science — have taught us that happiness is the only good; that the time to be happy is now, and the way to be happy is to make others so. This is enough for us. In this belief we are content to live and die. If by any possibility the existence of a power superior to, and independent of, nature shall be demonstrated, there will then be time enough to kneel. Until then, let us stand erect.”

Tags : Belief Content Experience Happiness Holy Trinity Hope Inspiration Nature Observation Reason Science Supernatural Trinity
Source : On the Gods and Other Essays

160. “Speaking a painful truth should be done only in love - like wielding a sword with no hilt - it should pain oneself in direct proportion to the amount of force exerted.”

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Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

161. “Never mistrust, unless given a reason.”

Tags : Experience Life Lessons Reason Trust
Author : Sonia Rumzi

162. “Much like humans, opinions come in all shapes and forms, but in the end, they are just what they are; and may yet still be categorized in nature. The first you might say is the Indoctrinal, which is, of course, dictated by community and necessity, by the human need for acceptance; secondly, there is the Personal, and this is often dictated by individuality, by the yearning to seem interesting and intelligent, or free, or special; and lastly comes the Emotional. This is most commonly dictated by circumstance and bitterness and excitement. However, rarely do we find the case in which any of these are dictated by reason in the pure state: it is by this we see that at the core of a number of false opinions lies not always misinformation but quite often some issue of the human self.”

Tags : Beliefs Cognition Community False Beliefs False Opinions Individuality Indoctrination Logic Mind Misinformation Opinions People Pride Psychology Reason Self Truth
Author : Criss Jami

163. “Poor feeling hijacks thinking for self-deception: to hide harsh truths, avoid action, evade responsibility, and, as the existentialists might put it, flee from freedom. Thus, poor feeling is a kind of moral failing, indeed, the deepest kind, and virtue principally consists in correcting and refining our emotions and the values that they reflect. To feel the right thing is to do the right thing, without any particular need for conscious thought or effort.”

Tags : Cognition Emotional Intelligence Emotions Ethics Existentialism Philosophy Psychoanalysis Reason Self Deception
Author : Neel Burton
Source : Heaven and Hell: The Psychology of the Emotions

164. “Interestingly enough, every time I corner a fanatic with scientific facts which they cannot argue or disprove, they either dismiss me as 'anti-God' and a 'secular humanist' or they start spouting reams of misapplied and irrelevant 'scripture' at me, like good little sheeple and like that will in any way, shape or form prove anything... Which just proves to me that common sense and actual reason doesn't come into it. Only hatred.”

Tags : Anti God Common Sense Dismiss Disprove Fanatic Hatred Irrelevant Misapplied Prove Reason Scientific Facts Scripture Secular Humanist Sheeple Spouting
Source : Demonspawn

165. “Here is your most profound "why": to display and prove GOD”

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166. “Let's say that the consensus is that our species, being the higher primates, Homo Sapiens, has been on the planet for at least 100,000 years, maybe more. Francis Collins says maybe 100,000. Richard Dawkins thinks maybe a quarter-of-a-million. I'll take 100,000. In order to be a Christian, you have to believe that for 98,000 years, our species suffered and died, most of its children dying in childbirth, most other people having a life expectancy of about 25 years, dying of their teeth. Famine, struggle, bitterness, war, suffering, misery, all of that for 98,000 years.Heaven watches this with complete indifference. And then 2000 years ago, thinks 'That's enough of that. It's time to intervene,' and the best way to do this would be by condemning someone to a human sacrifice somewhere in the less literate parts of the Middle East. Don't lets appeal to the Chinese, for example, where people can read and study evidence and have a civilization. Let's go to the desert and have another revelation there. This is nonsense. It can't be believed by a thinking person.Why am I glad this is the case? To get to the point of the wrongness of Christianity, because I think the teachings of Christianity are immoral. The central one is the most immoral of all, and that is the one of vicarious redemption. You can throw your sins onto somebody else, vulgarly known as scapegoating. In fact, originating as scapegoating in the same area, the same desert. I can pay your debt if I love you. I can serve your term in prison if I love you very much. I can volunteer to do that. I can't take your sins away, because I can't abolish your responsibility, and I shouldn't offer to do so. Your responsibility has to stay with you. There's no vicarious redemption. There very probably, in fact, is no redemption at all. It's just a part of wish-thinking, and I don't think wish-thinking is good for people either.It even manages to pollute the central question, the word I just employed, the most important word of all: the word love, by making love compulsory, by saying you MUST love. You must love your neighbour as yourself, something you can't actually do. You'll always fall short, so you can always be found guilty. By saying you must love someone who you also must fear. That's to say a supreme being, an eternal father, someone of whom you must be afraid, but you must love him, too. If you fail in this duty, you're again a wretched sinner. This is not mentally or morally or intellectually healthy.And that brings me to the final objection - I'll condense it, Dr. Orlafsky - which is, this is a totalitarian system. If there was a God who could do these things and demand these things of us, and he was eternal and unchanging, we'd be living under a dictatorship from which there is no appeal, and one that can never change and one that knows our thoughts and can convict us of thought crime, and condemn us to eternal punishment for actions that we are condemned in advance to be taking. All this in the round, and I could say more, it's an excellent thing that we have absolutely no reason to believe any of it to be true.”

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167. “Politically, the goal of today’s dominant trendis statism. Philosophically, the goal is theobliteration of reason;psychologically, it is theerosion of ambition.”

Tags : Philosophy Political Psychology Reason Statism
Author : Ayn Rand
Source : Letters of Ayn Rand

168. “I think the reason I choose the comic approach so often is because it's harder, therefore affording me the opportunity to show off.”

Tags : Comedy Comedy Humor Comic Comic Books Comics Humor Inspirational Jared Wheat Opportunities Opportunity Opportunity Temptation Reason Reasons Sense Of Humor Show Off Show Offs Showing Off
Source : Alma Mater

169. “It is debatable whether blind faith is truly faith at all. Faith is the perceptive gray area where scientific facts meet an individual's experiential truths - the extreme of the former is left feeling in the dark whereas the latter is caught blinded by the light. By proper scientific method, it is intellectually dishonest for me to declare the existence of God with utmost certainty, but to my individual spirit, I would be intellectually dishonest to deny the existence of God even for a second. This leaves the best of both worlds, as the believer is called to be able to give reasons for his faith, a deviation from mere fantasy.”

Tags : Agnosticism Apologetics Blind Faith Certainty Debates Doubt Evidence Facts Faith Falsehood God Honesty Insight Learning Logic Reason Reasonable Faith Spiritual Theism Truth Uncertainty
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

170. “I did say that to deny the existence of evil spirits, or to deny the existence of the devil, is to deny the truth of the New Testament; and that to deny the existence of these imps of darkness is to contradict the words of Jesus Christ.I did say that if we give up the belief in devils we must give up the inspiration of the Old and New Testaments, and we must give up the divinity of Christ. Upon that declaration I stand, because if devils do not exist, then Jesus Christ was mistaken, or we have not in the New Testament a true account of what he said and of what he pretended to do.If the New Testament gives a true account of his words and pretended actions, then he did claim to cast out devils. That was his principal business. That was his certificate of divinity, casting out devils. That authenticated his mission and proved that he was superior to the hosts of darkness.Now, take the devil out of the New Testament, and you also take the veracity of Christ; with that veracity you take the divinity; with that divinity you take the atonement, and when you take the atonement, the great fabric known as Christianity becomes a shapeless ruin.The Christians now claim that Jesus was God. If he was God, of course the devil knew that fact, and yet, according to this account, the devil took the omnipotent God and placed him upon a pinnacle of the temple, and endeavored to induce him to dash himself against the earth…Think of it! The devil – the prince of sharpers – the king of cunning – the master of finesse, trying to bribe God with a grain of sand that belonged to God!Casting out devils was a certificate of divinity.Is there in all the religious literature of the world anything more grossly absurd than this?These devils, according to the Bible, were of various kinds – some could speak and hear, others were deaf and dumb. All could not be cast out in the same way. The deaf and dumb spirits were quite difficult to deal with. St. Mark tells of a gentleman who brought his son to Christ. The boy, it seems, was possessed of a dumb spirit, over which the disciples had no control. “Jesus said unto the spirit: ‘Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee come out of him, and enter no more into him.’” Whereupon, the deaf spirit (having heard what was said) cried out (being dumb) and immediately vacated the premises.The ease with which Christ controlled this deaf and dumb spirit excited the wonder of his disciples, and they asked him privately why they could not cast that spirit out. To whom he replied: “This kind can come forth by nothing but prayer and fasting.” Is there a Christian in the whole world who would believe such a story if found in any other book?The trouble is, these pious people shut up their reason, and then open their Bible.”

Tags : Absurdity Critical Criticism Falsehoods Hypocrisy Reason Scholarship

171. “I am a cuddly atheist... I am against creationism being taught in schools because there is empirical evidence that it is a silly notion... I am passionately concerned about the rise in pseudo-science; in beliefs in alternative medicine; in creationism. The idea that somehow it is based on logic, on rational arguments, but it's not. It doesn't stand up to empirical evidence.In the same way in medicine, alternative medicines like homeopathy or new age therapies – reiki healing – a lot of people buy into it and it grates against my rationalist view of the world. There is no evidence for it. It is deceitful. It is insidious. I feel passionately about living in a society with a rationalist view of the world.I will be vocal on issues where religion impacts on people's lives in a way that I don't agree with – if, for instance, in faith schools some of the teaching of religion suggests the children might have homophobic views or views that are intolerant towards other belief systems...I am totally against, for example, bishops in the House of Lords. Why should someone of a particular religious faith have some preferential treatment over anyone else? This notion that the Church of England is the official religion of the country is utterly outmoded now.”

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172. “Religion should be subject to commonsense appraisal and rational review, as openly discussible as, say, politics, art and the weather. The First Amendment, we should recall, forbids Congress both from establishing laws designating a state religion and from abridging freedom of speech. There is no reason why we should shy away from speaking freely about religion, no reason why it should be thought impolite to debate it, especially when, as so often happens, religious folk bring it up on their own and try to impose it on others.”

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173. “The doctrine that future happiness depends upon belief is monstrous. It is the infamy of infamies. The notion that faith in Christ is to be rewarded by an eternity of bliss, while a dependence upon reason, observation and experience merits everlasting pain, is too absurd for refutation, and can be relieved only by that unhappy mixture of insanity and ignorance, called 'faith.”

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Source : On the Gods and Other Essays

174. “As I see it the world is undoubtedly in need of a new religion, and that religion must be founded on humanist principles. When I say religion, I do not mean merely a theology involving belief in a supernatural god or gods; nor do I mean merely a system of ethics, however exalted; nor only scientific knowledge, however extensive; nor just a practical social morality, however admirable or efficient. I mean an organized system of ideas and emotions which relate man to his destiny, beyond and above the practical affairs of every day, transcending the present and the existing systems of law and social structure. The prerequisite today is that any such religion shall appeal potentially to all mankind; and that its intellectual and rational sides shall not be incompatible with scientific knowledge but on the contrary based on it.”

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Author : Julian Huxley

175. “We hold these truths to be self-evident.{Franklin's edit to the assertion in Thomas Jefferson's original wording, 'We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable' in a draft of the Declaration of Independence changes it instead into an assertion of rationality. The scientific mind of Franklin drew on the scientific determinism of Isaac Newton and the analytic empiricism of David Hume and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. In what became known as 'Hume's Fork' the latters' theory distinguished between synthetic truths that describe matters of fact, and analytic truths that are self-evident by virtue of reason and definition.}”

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176. “Your ultimate reason for staying in this crooked world is not to imitate its devastating physique, but trying do something about its ugly appearance.”

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177. “The consequence model, the logical one, the amoral one, the one which refuses any divine intervention, is a problem really for just the (hypothetical) logician. You see, towards God I would rather be grateful for Heaven (which I do not deserve) than angry about Hell (which I do deserve). By this the logician within must choose either atheism or theism, but he cannot possibly through good reason choose anti-theism. For his friend in this case is not at all mathematical law: the law in that 'this equation, this path will consequently direct me to a specific point'; over the alternative and the one he denies, 'God will send me wherever and do it strictly for his own sovereign amusement.' The consequence model, the former, seeks the absence of God, which orders he cannot save one from one's inevitable consequences; hence the angry anti-theist within, 'the logical one', the one who wants to be master of his own fate, can only contradict himself - I do not think it wise to be angry at math.”

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Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

178. “I used to give too much importance to reason until I discovered the world was shaped not by reason but by emotion”

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Source : The Great Pearl of Wisdom

179. “What you don't know can make you fail! Perhaps the only reason why you are where you are is that, you've not known what you have to know... Go, learn and take the lead!”

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Source : Daily Drive 365

180. “A man always has two reasons for what he does--a good one, and the real one.”

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Author : J.P. Morgan

181. “Reason had no place to crash once Emotion came to town.”

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Source : We Shadows

182. “You are not a real thinker if your thoughts haven't landed you in trouble yet”

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Source : Pearls Of Eternity

183. “Nature seems to take advantage of the simple mathematical representations of the symmetry laws. When one pauses to consider the elegance and the beautiful perfection of the mathematical reasoning involved and contrast it with the complex and far-reaching physical consequences, a deep sense of respect for the power of the symmetry laws never fails to develop.”

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184. “[On Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz]The answer is unknowable, but it may not be unreasonable to see him, at least in theological terms, as essentially a deist. He is a determinist: there are no miracles (the events so called being merely instances of infrequently occurring natural laws); Christ has no real role in the system; we live forever, and hence we carry on after our deaths, but then everything — every individual substance — carries on forever.”

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Author : Peter Loptson

185. “Einstein, twenty-six years old, only three years away from crude privation, still a patent examiner, published in the Annalen der Physik in 1905 five papers on entirely different subjects. Three of them were among the greatest in the history of physics. One, very simple, gave the quantum explanation of the photoelectric effect—it was this work for which, sixteen years later, he was awarded the Nobel prize. Another dealt with the phenomenon of Brownian motion, the apparently erratic movement of tiny particles suspended in a liquid: Einstein showed that these movements satisfied a clear statistical law. This was like a conjuring trick, easy when explained: before it, decent scientists could still doubt the concrete existence of atoms and molecules: this paper was as near to a direct proof of their concreteness as a theoretician could give. The third paper was the special theory of relativity, which quietly amalgamated space, time, and matter into one fundamental unity. This last paper contains no references and quotes to authority. All of them are written in a style unlike any other theoretical physicist's. They contain very little mathematics. There is a good deal of verbal commentary. The conclusions, the bizarre conclusions, emerge as though with the greatest of ease: the reasoning is unbreakable. It looks as though he had reached the conclusions by pure thought, unaided, without listening to the opinions of others. To a surprisingly large extent, that is precisely what he had done.”

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Author : C.P. Snow
Source : Variety of Men

186. “The search for Nirvana, like the search for Utopia or the end of history or the classless society, is ultimately a futile and dangerous one. It involves, if it does not necessitate, the sleep of reason. There is no escape from anxiety and struggle.”

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Source : Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

187. “Moral philosophers say things like, ‘What is actually wrong with cannibalism?’ There are two ways of responding to that: one is to shrink back in horror and say, ‘Cannibalism! Cannibalism! We can’t talk about cannibalism!’ The other is to say, ‘Well, actually, what is wrong with cannibalism?’ Then you work it out and you tease it out and you decide yes, actually, cannibalism is wrong, but for the following reasons. So I’d like to think that my moral values at least partly come from reasoning. Trying to suppress the gut reaction as much as possible. ["Is Richard Dawkins destroying his reputation?", The Guardian, 9 June 2015]”

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188. “The disruption of science is one which abandons the method and seeks to conquer grounds outside its territory. It is not at all religion but this pseudo-science that is the enemy of science.”

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Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

189. “Facts and values are entangled in science. It's not because scientists are biased, not because they are partial or influenced by other kinds of interests, but because of a commitment to reason, consistency, coherence, plausibility and replicability. These are value commitments.”

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Author : Alva Noë

190. “It is also worth noting that one can obtain a Ph.D. in any branch of science for no other purpose than to make cynical use of scientific language in an effort to rationalize the glaring inadequacies of tbe Bible. A handful of Christians appear to have done this; some have even obtained their degrees from reputable universities. No doubt, others will follow in their footsteps. While such people are technically "scientists," they are not behaving like scientists. They simply are not engaged in an honest inquiry into the nature of the universe. And their proclamations about God and the failures of Darwinism do not in the least signify that there is a legitimate scientific controversy about evolution.”

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Author : Sam Harris
Source : The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

191. “18. Your life is before you. Be careful of the choices you make now that you could regret later. This regret is the subject of an old poem whose author has been forgotten. I hope you’ll never have reason to apply it to yourself. Across the fields of yesterday, He sometimes comes to me A little lad just back from play— The boy I used to be. He looks at me so wistfully When once he’s crept within; It is as if he hoped to see The man I might have been.”

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Source : Life on the Edge: The Next Generation's Guide to a Meaningful Future

192. “What is the truth?’ he asked. ‘We place faith in ourselves,’ replied Altaïr (...) ‘We see the world as it really is, and hope that one day all mankind might see the same.’‘What is the world, then?’‘An illusion,’ replied Altaïr. ‘One we can either submit to – as most do – or transcend.’‘And what is it to transcend?’'To recognize that laws arise not from divinity, but reason. I understand now that our Creed does not command us to be free.’ And suddenly he really did understand. ‘It commands us to be wise”

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Author : Oliver Bowden
Source : Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade

193. “We must trust to nothing but facts: These are presented to us by Nature, and cannot deceive. We ought, in every instance, to submit our reasoning to the test of experiment, and never to search for truth but by the natural road of experiment and observation.”

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Source : Elements of Chemistry

194. “What saves us from succumbing to utter meaninglessness is not reason but instinct.”

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Author : Marty Rubin

195. “Despite their depressing circumstances, the Hernandez family had a certain dignity and strength about them. They were Christians, and they taught their children that God loved them and had a plan for their lives. Their little boy, David, internalized that message of hope. He never thought of himself as a victim even though he had every reason to feel cheated. His family was at the bottom of the social ladder without even a house to live in, but his worth as an individual was rooted in his faith.”

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Source : Life on the Edge: A Young Adult's Guide to a Meaningful Future

196. “Dream in colours, for hues are vibrant. Paint each day with a smile. In days of past, don't grieve; Make new deposit to the pleasant memory bank! Let your life be a reason for others to LIVE.”

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Author : Somya Kedia

197. “She was in awe of all his work. 'How do you do it?" she asked.He smiled and said, 'By loving you.”

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198. “What a lovely thing a rose is!"He walked past the couch to the open window and held up the drooping stalk of a moss-rose, looking down at the dainty blend of crimson and green. It was a new phase of his character to me, for I had never before seen him show any keen interest in natural objects. "There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as religion," said he, leaning with his back against the shutters. "It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner. Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.”

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Source : The Naval Treaty

199. “If they want to you out... they will find always a reason for that.”

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Author : Deyth Banger

200. “Don’t just exist; do something meaningful with your life. Discover a problem and fix it.Don’t just fit in; make it a point to brighten your corner. Decide to resolve your challenges. Don’t just manage; go extra mile and win your race. Never give up the fight. You will win.Don’t just be able; always make sure you are available. Be present to make a change.Don’t just be alive; once you have arrived, find the reason why and make that reason accomplished.Don’t just wish; be passionate about what you wish to see happen. Rise up and make it happen.Don’t just create; create to change; change to improve; improve to increase. Aspire to inspire.Don’t just be making a living; make a life and leave an indelible footstep wherever you step.I want to meet you and many others on the top. Don’t be left out!”

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Source : Become a Better You