Daniel Boorstin: I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress.
"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes." - William Gibson

“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born.”  - Mark Twain

"Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." -H.L. Mencken

"We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful, and his children are smart." -H.L. Mencken

"Sacred cows make the best hamburger." - Mark Twain

A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says "I was beaten" he does not say "My men were beaten"
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man's self-respect is a sin." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
- Buckminster Fuller

“Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?? I'm halfway through my fish burger and I realize, Oh my God....I could be eating a slow learner.”
~ Lynda Montgomer

"The more psychologically correct definition of schizophrenia is a diagnosis of an individual who cannot distinguish between the images in his head and images in the world. When the condition of this definition is chronic it is defined as a mental disorder. When it is selective we call it faith."
 - Chris Edwards

Be who you are, say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
-Dr. Seuss

"You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live." - George Bernard Shaw

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. ~Aldous Huxley

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
~Mark Twain

"Out on the edge there are all sorts of things you can't see from the center." - Kurt Vonnegut


"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."
 - Plato

"the unexamined life is not worth living" ___Socrates

"Know thyself" - Socrates

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest." -Confucius

Life must be lived forwards, but can only be understand backwards. - Kirkegaard

"Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe"
The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
~John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" ~ Epicurus

"A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us"___Friedrich Nietzsche

"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star." - Nietzche

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing that is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
-John Stewart Mill

"Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule." - Friedrich Nietzsche
The tools of the mind become burdens when the environment which made them necessary no longer exists.
-Henri Bergson

"To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom"
Bertrand Russell

"Doubt is uncomfortable, but certainty is ridiculous" - Voltaire

"All men were born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God." - Voltaire

"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

"I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous- if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men." -Robert Green Ingersoll

"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently." - Friedrich Nietzsche


"Please don't mistake Love for sentimentality or weakness. Real Love is a fierce thing. Love allows things that must end to die, and it looks at suffering without blinking. Love is an extension toward unity, not a prison or something that can be expressed with a greeting card." - Jason Augustus Newcomb

"If you listen to neurologists and psychiatrists, you'd never fall in love." - Timothy Leary

do you think you can change the world by opening your legs? try opening your heart instead! - me

"All men and all women are connected by an energy which many people call love, but which is, in fact, the raw material from which the universe was built. This energy can't be manipulated, it leads us gently forwards, it contains all we have to learn in this life. If we try to make it go in the direction we want, we end up desperate, frustrated, disillusioned, because that energy is free and wild. We could spend the rest of our life saying that we love such a person or thing, when the truth is that we are merely suffering because, instead of accepting love's strength, we are trying to diminish it so that it fits the world in which we imagine we live." - Paulo Coelho

dont let someone become a priority in your life when u are just an option in theirs.

"Don't say anything, because I see that you understand me, and I am afraid of your understanding. I have such a fear of finding another like myself, and such a desire to find one! I am so utterly lonely, but I also have such a fear that my isolation be broken through, and I no longer be the head and ruler of my universe. I am in great terror of your understanding by which you penetrate into my world; and then I stand revealed and I have to share my kingdom with you."
— Anaïs Nin

"Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius."

"We are like sculptors, constantly carving out of others the image we long for, need, love or desire, often against reality, against their benefit, and always, in the end, a disappointment, because it does not fit them"
- Anais Nin
"Love and let love! Rejoice in every shape of love, and get thy rapture and thy nourishment thereof!"
Aleister Crowley

"Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin- it's the triumphant twang of a bedspring."
S. J. Perelman

"...our Love should never be used as a weapon to manipulate the Will of others - nor should we allow others to restrict our Will, no matter how dearly we love them. Thelemic loving relationships are a great deal different from the norm. Emotional game-playing, one-upmanship, jealousy, all these things spring from lack of respect for the Will of others and should be absent. Honesty, trust, shared feelings and freedom should characterize the Thelemic partnership. This is not easy and can take great effort to achieve..."
Rodney Orpheus

"The story of Love is the art of War"
Peter Grey

"Love is the only principle which makes life tolerable."
Aleister Crowley

"There shall be no property in human flesh. Nobody has a right to say what anyone else shall or shall not do with his or her body."
Aleister Crowley

"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same." -Oscar Wilde


"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt(Only stupid people think everyone else is or should be like them!)

"i'm blind in one eye, deaf in one ear, i have limited hearing in the other from being blown up in the war...now, here's my problem..." - war veteran

“ You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. ” -Winston Churchill

"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."  - Mohandas Ghandi

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”
-Norman Schwarzkopf

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."
-Robert Kennedy

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
-Winston Churchill

Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
-Justice William Boghus.

There are very few jobs that actually require a penis or vagina. All other jobs should be open to everybody. ~Florynce Kennedy

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."
-Susan B. Anthony

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence - Gandhi


"Life's a banquet, & most suckers are starving."

"Shut up, slave!"  - The No Agenda Show

"You're not your fucking khakis."
- Tyler Durden, Fight Club

What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind! - Homer Simpson

"What are you waiting for? Get back to living life beautifully, you fucking dumbass. Life simply is."
- Freak Astrology

Escape from Freedom: (Erich Fromm's pen name being George Orwell) from the chapter "Mechanisms of Escape":"The person who gives up his individual self and becomes an automaton, identical with millions of other automatons around him, need not feel alone and anxious any more. But the price he pays, however, is high; it is the loss of his self."

"I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one's self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one's own powers."
-Sherlock Holmes, from The Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"O beloved mother of liberty
Hold me in your arms"
Jaz Coleman - Killing Joke


"Wherever you go, there you are." - Buddhist meditative saying

The church is near but the road is icy;
the bar is far away but I will walk carefully.
- Russian Proverb

"If you think you're too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito"
- African Proverb


"That shit [religion] was going on all over the planet. They would tell them about sky cookies, or sky pie, or sky baklava. And as each of these civilizations grew, they built ships; they'd go visit each other, and the one guy would walk off the boat and go,'Hey, did you hear the good news about the sky baklava?' and the first guy went,'It's CAKE, motherfucker! You're dead!' " - Patton Oswalt

"Whenever anybody tries to tell me that they believe it [creation] took place in 7 days, I reach for a fossil and go,'Fossil.' And if they keep talking I throw it just over their head." - Lewis Black

"Opinions are like assholes; everyone's got one."  - PT Barnum

"Life is hard, but it's even harder when you're stupid."
-John Wayne

" Have you noticed that most of the women who are against abortion are women you wouldn’t want to fuck in the first place? There’s such balance in nature."
~ George Carlin

"The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, “You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.”
~ George Carlin

"Women don't ask to be raped, but there are some that are asking to be motorboated." - Sarah Silverman

"I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself." -Johnny Carson

“I think that's why they have so many relgious freaks in the airports...they even keep the flowers behind the counter. 'Go, go my children...be fruitful and annoy." - Paula Poundstone


"A poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry he cannot write. The others write the poetry they dare not realise."
- Oscar Wilde

“I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken -- and I'd rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as I lived.” -Margaret Mitchell

"I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul." - William Henley

". . . I am circling around God, around the ancient tower, and I have been circling for a thousand years, and I still don't know if I am a falcon, or a storm, or a great song."
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Socialist./ Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Trade Unionist./ Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew./ Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
- Martin Niemoller

Who has not found the heaven below Will fail of it above. God's residence is next to mine, His furniture is love.
-Emily Dickinson

"i've been waiting for a guide to come and take by the hand
make me feel the feelings of a normal man
these feelings barely interest me for another day"
...-ian curtis

'Truth does not require a lack of resistance in order to impose itself.'
-Paul Klee

Drink and dance and laugh and lie,
Love, the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.)
Dorothy Parker - The Flaw in Paganism

And malt does more than Milton can
To justify God's ways to man
- A. E. Housman

"The blood jet is poetry. There is no stopping it."
-Sylvia Plath,"Kindness"

"I contradict myself. I am large. I contain multitudes."
- Walt Whitman

All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no one improves.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Okay! Okay! It's a religion of peace! Just get that sword away from my neck!” ~ Oscar Wilde on Islam

"Keep me from the wisdom that does not laugh, the philosophy that does not cry, and the greatness that does not bow down before children." - Khalil Gibran
"He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave."
- William Drummond

Macbeth's soliloquy in act 5, scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Macbeth:
"Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."
- Shakespeare

Stephen Crane (1871-1900) from War Is Kind (1899)
A man said to the universe:
"Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
...A sense of obligation."

"A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again." - Alexander Pope


"I don't like categorizing stuff, but women's roles all through history have been to act as hierophant or someone who's guarded the secrets or guarded the temple. I'm a girl doing what guys usually did, the way that I look, the goals and kinds of things I want to help achieve through rock. It's more heroic stuff and heroic stuff has been traditionally male. Like Hendrix and Jim Morrison and all those people. I mean, Jim Morrison was trying to elevate the word; he was the poet in rock & roll before me. He was an academic poet. Lou Reed -- another academic poet. I'm more like down-to-earth than them guys."

An artist is somebody who enters into competition with God. The guy who built the Tower of Babel was the first artist. If I had to check out where I was in other centuries, I was his old lady. If I wasn't the guy, I was his chick. He knew that there was more and God got jealous. Even gods get uptight. Women make gods uptight. Everyone thinks of God as a man -- you can't help it -- Santa Claus was a man, therefore God has to be a man. But a man comes once. A woman never stops coming.

"heroine: the artist. the premier mistress writhing in a garden graced w/ highly polished blades of grass...release (ethiopium) is the drug... an animal howl says it all...notes pour into the caste of freedom...the freedom to be intense...to defy social order and break the slow kill monotony of censorship...to break from the long bonds of servitude-ruthless adoration of the celestial shepherd. let us celebrate our own flesh-to embrace not ones race but the marathon-to never let go of this fiery sadness called desire."

"Got to lose control before you take control." - Patti Smith

"Are you experienced? Have you ever been experienced?"  - Jimi Hendrix

"Now remember, I'm an artist and I'm very sensitive about my shit." - Eryaka Badu


 And do you think that unto such as you,
A maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew,
God gave the secret, and denied it me?—
Well, well, what matters it! believe that too.
-Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat (1048–1123)

Hanifs ( Muslims) are stumbling, Christians all astray
Jews wildered, Magians far on error's way.
We mortals are composed of two great schools
Enlightened knaves or else religious fools.
-abu al maari

The Prophets, too, among us come to teach,
Are one with those who from the pulpit preach;
They pray, and slay, and pass away,
and yet Our ills are as the pebbles on the beach.
Mohammed or Messiah! Hear thou me,
The truth entire nor here nor there can be;
How should our God who made the sun and the moon
Give all his light to One, I cannot see.
-abu al maari
"Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner" - Lao Tzu
"If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present." - Lao Tzu

"What is possible for individual man is impossible for the masses." - Gurdjieff

"As above, so below." - Hermes Trismegistus
"The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep."-Rumi
"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it."
(Omar Khayyám [??? ????)])

"Fear is failure, and the forerunner of failure. Be thou therefore without fear, for in the heart of the coward, virtue abideth not."
Israel Regardie


"I do not want to father a flock, to be the fetish of fools and fanatics, or the founder of a faith whose followers are content to echo my opinions. I want each man to cut his own way through the jungle."

"All this talk about 'suffering humanity' is principally drivel based on the error of transferring one's own psychology to one's neighbour. The Golden Rule is silly. If Lord Alfred Douglas (for example) did to others what he would like them to do to him, many would resent his action." - Aleister Crowley, The New Comment, AL I, 31

‎"It is clear that there are situations where we should restrict a child: letting them ingest poison, for example, would be against common sense, but to hinder an adult from taking poison consciously is against common sense also.[...] Seeking to influence others for what we consider "good" is the most idiotic presumption we are capable of.  Essentially, we are trying to impose our values on the next person, and to make them our puppets. "
- Marcelo Ramos Motta

"Mystery is the enemy of truth."

"There is no god but man." - Liber Oz

"People who avoid facing facts are bounded by phantoms." Aleister Crowley's Diaries October 25th 1939.

"A real Magical Oath cannot be broken: you think it can, but it can't. This is the advantage of a real Magical Oath."
-Aleister Crowley

"Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people”
Aleister Crowley

“Initiation means the Journey Inwards: nothing is changed or can be changed; but all is trulier understood with every step.”
Aleister Crowley - Little Essays Towards Truth, “Mastery”

"It is only necessary to destroy in oneself the roots of those motives which determine a man's course, in order to enjoy the omnipotence and immunity of a god. "
Aleister Crowley

"For as long as anything soever escapes assimilation there remains separateness and duality, or the potentiality of such. Evil can only be destroyed by 'love under will'; and so long as it is feared and hated, so long as we insist on attributing a real and irreconcilable existence to it, so long will it remain evil for us. The same of course applies to what we call 'good'. Good is itself evil in so far as it is seperate from other ideas."
Aleister Crowley

"Now, what is religion? The consummation of the soul by itself in divine ecstasy"
Aleister Crowley, Moonchild


When Creationists claim that they haven't evolved since the dawn of man I am inclined to agree.
- Gary C.G.
Has anyone ever heard of atheists sending death threats to people over their sexuality, beliefs or politics?
Nobody needs a rule book to tell them how to behave. All that is needed is love. Love for other people. - Gary

"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish." anonymous/unknown

When someone makes a comment that Evolution is just a theory, I reply that God is just a hypothesis.
- Monicks
For long time I believed that God is truth, but today I know truth is God. The pursuit of truth is invaluable for me and I trust it will be same for you.
– Gandhi

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." - Seneca the Younger

Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
"When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called Religion."

"The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief." - Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychologist (1856 - 1939)

"...man created God in his own image." - Ludwig Feuerbach

"The greatest curse of religion is that it tempts people to believe that the story of their deity is more important than the lives of human beings." - Michael Peat

“... the use of our intelligence quite properly gives us pleasure. In this respect the brain is like a muscle. When we think well, we feel good. Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.” ___Carl Sagan

To begin with a slightly inexpensive observation, it is interesting to find that people of faith now seek defensively to say that they are no worse than fascists or Nazis or Stalinists. One might hope that religion had retained more sense of its dignity than that.
- Christopher Hitchens, on the religious trying the last line of defence for their delusions

“If one were to take the bible seriously one would go mad. But to take the bible seriously, one must be already mad.” - Aleister Crowley

"Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics.

You are all stardust.

You couldn't be here if stars hadn't exploded. Because the elements, the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution weren't created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars. And the only way they could get into your body is if the stars were kind enough to explode.

So forget Jesus. The stars died so you could be here today." - Lawrence Krauss

insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."
– Albert Einstein

"Don't pray in my school and I won't think in your church." "I won't tell you how to pray if you don't tell me how to screw!"

Philosophy has questions that may never be answered. Religion (dogma) has answers that may never be questioned~Test your faith, drive with closed eyes.

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking its stupid."

Good without God.

"There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any evidence, to correct any errors" - J. Robert Oppenheimer


You say tomato, I say fuck you.

Born ok the first time.

If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.

"One often meets his destiny on the path he takes to avoid it."

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MEDICINE: 2000 BC - Here, eat this root. 1000 AD - That root is heathen. Say this prayer. 1850 AD - That prayer is superstition. Drink this potion. 1940 AD - That potion is snake oil. Swallow this pill. 1985 - That pill is ineffective. Take this antibiotic. 2008 AD - That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.

Much is known about the infidel that strives for greatness. While little is known about the beggar that continues to pursue a life of meager means. - Michael Mario Thompson

(On wishful thinking): "Some people can't appreciate a well without having to have fairies in it."

"If you can't dazzle them with dialogue then baffle them with bullshit."

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not and often times we
call a man cold when he is only sad. - Michael Mario Thompson

"Slow down so I can run past you."

"People laugh because I am different. I laugh because they are all the same."

"some people can't appreciate a well without having to have fairies in it."
- a misanthrope

"don't look at people in terms of potential. look at what they are."
- unknown

"There's nothing wrong with the world, just your relationship to it."

"It takes great courage to stand and fight for something, but sometimes it can take even more courage to walk away and leave things behind."

"I would much rather have people think I'm stupid, and shock them, than have people think I'm smart, and disappoint them."
-Mike Bronson

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
-John Wooden

"I don’t do drugs. I am drugs." -Salvador Dali

"I’ve never had a problem with drugs. I’ve had problems with the police."-Keith Richards

Don't like gay marriages? Don't get one.Don't like cigarettes? Don't smoke them.. Don't like abortions? Don't get one..Don't like sex? Don't have it.. Don't like drugs? Don't do them.. Don't like porn? Don't watch it.. Don't like alcohol? Don't drink it.. Don't like guns? Don't buy one. Don't like your rights taken away? Don't take away someone else's! - Greg Lollo



"Reality is a figment of your lack of imagination."

"Our brains have just one scale, and we resize our experiences to fit"

"Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not"

"Anything that you haven't experienced yourself is meaningless: a paper dream, a hollow promise of unspeakable adventure and treasures in the deepest depths of your soul, with limits beyond imagination that you could barely just begin to explore. Only your personal experience can bring this world and this universe to life and make magic more than just a fantasy of wayward, delirious spirits such as some biased pseudo-skeptics seem to believe."
Frater V.·. D.·.

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