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“Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind, and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect.

[Letter to William Bradford Jr. April 1 1774]”
~ James Madison

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6/30/17 10:12 A

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“The problem with religion, because it's been sheltered from criticism, is that it allows people to believe en masse what only idiots or lunatics could believe in isolation.”
~ Sam Harris

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6/30/17 10:10 A

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“You don't get to advertise all the good that your religion does without first scrupulously subtracting all the harm it does and considering seriously the question of whether some other religion, or no religion at all, does better.”
~ Daniel C. Dennett

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6/29/17 1:10 P

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If you describe yourself as "Atheist," some people will say, "Don't you mean 'Agnostic'?" I have to reply that I really do mean Atheist. I really do not believe that there is a god — in fact I am convinced that there is not a god (a subtle difference). I see not a shred of evidence to suggest that there is one. It's easier to say that I am a radical Atheist, just to signal that I really mean it, have thought about it a great deal, and that it's an opinion I hold seriously. It's funny how many people are genuinely surprised to hear a view expressed so strongly. In England we seem to have drifted from vague, wishy-washy Anglicanism to vague, wishy-washy Agnosticism — both of which I think betoken a desire not to have to think about things too much.
People will then often say, "But surely it's better to remain an Agnostic just in case?" This, to me, suggests such a level of silliness and muddle that I usually edge out of the conversation rather than get sucked into it. (If it turns out that I've been wrong all along, and there is in fact a god, and if it further turned out that this kind of legalistic, cross-your-fingers-behind-your-back, Clintonian hair-splitting impressed him, then I would choose not to worship him anyway.)
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6/29/17 1:00 P

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The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts:
Those with brains, but no religion,
And those with religion, but no brains.
~Abu'l-`Ala' al-Ma`arri

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6/29/17 12:57 P

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"Religion is the opium of the people"... Communism begins from the outset (Owen) with atheism; but atheism is at first far from being communism; indeed, that atheism is still mostly an abstraction."
~right from the horses mouth, Karl Marx

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6/29/17 12:55 P

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The only church that enlightens is the one that's on fire.


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6/28/17 12:30 P

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“I die, as I have lived, a free spirit, an Anarchist, owing no allegiance to rulers, heavenly or earthly.”
~ Voltairine de Cleyre

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6/28/17 12:28 P

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"I just talked to god and he says he's a gay pro-abortion Atheist! Now, prove that statement false."
- Baron von Knifty

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6/28/17 12:27 P

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"If a believer demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is asking not for my respect, but for my submission."
- Fleming Rose

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"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches." - Benjamin Franklin

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6/27/17 10:04 A

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"When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, "Why god? Why me?" and the thundering voice of God answered, "There's just something about you that pisses me off." "
- Stephen King

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6/27/17 10:03 A

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"To say that atheism requires faith is as dim-witted as saying that disbelief in pixies or leprechauns takes faith. Even if Einstein himself told me there was an elf on my shoulder, I would still ask for proof and I wouldn't be wrong to ask."
- Geoff Mather

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6/27/17 10:01 A

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If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.
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6/25/17 4:21 P

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“Most people cherish their memories, but I know from my work just how much fiction is already in there.”
~Elizabeth Loftus

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6/24/17 9:51 A

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“A cult is a religion with no political power.”
~ Tom Wolfe

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6/24/17 9:20 A

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“We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid.”
~ Christopher Hitchens

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6/24/17 9:19 A

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“With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil - that takes religion.”
~ Steven Weinberg

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6/24/17 9:16 A

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"The Beatles might not be bigger than Jesus... but at least we know they really existed."
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"Atheism by itself is, of course, not a moral position or a political one of any kind; it simply is the refusal to believe in a supernatural dimension. For you to say of Nazism that it was the implementation of the work of Charles Darwin is a filthy slander, undeserving of you and an insult to this audience. Darwin’s thought was not taught in Germany; Darwinism was so derided in Germany along with every other form of unbelief that all the great modern atheists, Darwin, Einstein and Freud were alike despised by the National Socialist regime.

Now, just to take the most notorious of the 20th century totalitarianisms – the most finished example, the most perfected one, the most ruthless and refined one: that of National Socialism, the one that fortunately allowed the escape of all these great atheists, thinkers and many others, to the United States, a country of separation of church and state, that gave them welcome – if it’s an atheistic regime, then how come that in the first chapter of Mein Kampf, that Hitler says that he’s doing God’s work and executing God’s will in destroying the Jewish people? How come the fuhrer oath that every officer of the Party and the Army had to take, making Hitler into a minor god, begins, “I swear in the name of almighty God, my loyalty to the Fuhrer?” How come that on the belt buckle of every Nazi soldier it says Gott mit uns, God on our side? How come that the first treaty made by the Nationalist Socialist dictatorship, the very first is with the Vatican? It’s exchanging political control of Germany for Catholic control of German education. How come that the church has celebrated the birthday of the Fuhrer every year, on that day until democracy put an end to this filthy, quasi-religious, superstitious, barbarous, reactionary system?

Again, this is not a difference of emphasis between us. To suggest that there’s something fascistic about me and about my beliefs is something I won't hear said and you shouldn't believe.”
~ Christopher Hitchens, [Said during a debate when his opponent asserted that atheism and belief in evolution lead to Nazism:]


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6/23/17 11:12 A

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“MT [Mother Teresa] was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”
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6/23/17 11:10 A

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“To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?”
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6/23/17 11:08 A

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If fear of divine punishment is the only thing keeping you moral then you're just a psychopath on a leash.
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"Life has no meaning a priori. ... It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose."
- Jean-Paul Sartre

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“If there is a Creator-God, it has used methods of creation that are indistinguishable from nature, it has declined to make itself known for all of recorded history, it doesn't intervene in affairs on earth, and has made itself impossible to observe. Even if you believe in that God... why would you think it would want to be worshiped?”
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“Atheists’ anger doesn’t prove that we’re selfish, or joyless, or miserable. It shows that we have compassion, and a sense of justice. We’re angry because we see terrible harm all around us, and we feel desperately motivated to stop it.”
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Matthew 10:34-36 (NAB) - "Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man “against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.” "
~thus sayeth the xtian god of peace and love

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"I've found that most people that want to share their religious beliefs with you very rarely want you to share yours with them."
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“People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.”
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"Religion is a life preserver made of lead" - Ralph Metusi

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"Selling eternal life is an unbeatable business, with no customers ever asking for their money back after the goods are not delivered. "
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'People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many social and intellectual domains....This overestimation occurs, in part, because people who are unskilled in these domains suffer a dual burden: Not only do these people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it.'
-'Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments,'
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“We have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life's continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to it, but here we are.”
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“Innumeracy and pseudoscience are often associated, in part because of the ease with which mathematical certainty can be invoked, to bludgeon the innumerate into a dumb acquiescence.” - John Allen Paulos



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“I cannot understand why we idle discussing religion. If we are honest—and scientists have to be—we must admit that religion is a jumble of false assertions, with no basis in reality. The very idea of God is a product of the human imagination. It is quite understandable why primitive people, who were so much more exposed to the overpowering forces of nature than we are today, should have personified these forces in fear and trembling. But nowadays, when we understand so many natural processes, we have no need for such solutions.
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"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."
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"In fact, "atheism" is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a "non-astrologer" or a "non-alchemist." We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and their cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs."
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"We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing, all-powerful God, who creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes."
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"Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it."
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"God has always resembled his creators. He hated and loved what they hated and loved and he was invariably found on the side of those in power. Most of the gods were pleased with sacrifice, and the smell of innocent blood has ever been considered a divine perfume."
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"No fact ever required a miracle." - Pat Simons

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"Teaching kids to ask magical beings to solve their problems creates irresponsible adults who fail to find solutions." seen on Pinterest

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"The greatest miracle is the existence of believers willing to surrender the one jewel that sets man apart from all else, rational thought, in favor of believing in miracles."
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“We have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life's continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to it, but here we are.”
~ Stephen Jay Gould, The Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History

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Q: Prove God doesn't exist.

A: That's a tough one. Show me how it's done by proving Zeus and Apollo don't exist and I'll use your method.

- Pat Condell

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"Religion is so absurd that it comes close to imbecility."
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"Creationists don't want equal time; they want all the time there is."
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“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
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"When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life."
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"With soap, baptism is a good thing."
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"Koranic teaching still insists that the sun moves around the earth. How can we advance when they teach things like that?"
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“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
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“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
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“The truth." Dumbledore sighed. "It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
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"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."
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“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
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"To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy."
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"If morality is how we behave when no one is looking and religious people believe that god is always looking, then it is impossible for religious people to behave morally."


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"Which god is real? Allah? Jehovah? Zeus? Bacchus (my favorite)? Mars? Neptune? The list goes on. Just because you have embraced a particular one doesn't in any way supersede other people's beliefs. Perhaps they're all real. Perhaps none are real. The least likely scenario is that the only real one is the one you were taught to believe in simply by accident of birth. Everybody who believes in other gods is just as certain as you that they're correct."
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“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

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“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
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“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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I don't ridicule religion, it ridicules itself.
~Bill Maher

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"Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion." - Jon Stewart

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"But I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell, possibly. It doesn't frighten me." - Richard Feynman

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"Rational people who grew up among Christians tend to ridicule christian zealots. Rational people who grew up among Jews tend to ridicule ultra-orthodox Jews. Rational people who grew up among Muslims tend to ridicule Islamic fundamentalists. We are an equal opportunity organization, and maintain that it's all ridiculous. If you believe we pay too much attention to any specific superstition. and neglect others, please be patient; we'll get to yours soon enough."
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"Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown His own?"
- Robert G. Ingersoll

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Why were the Jews gifted by their god with the only patch of land in the middle east without significant oil reserves?
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I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it."
- Edith Sitwell

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"And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries."
~ Kurt Vonnegut

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"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."
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"The big challenge before us is to telescope centuries of experience, law, culture and tolerance in the West into a few decades in the rest of the world. Unless we do so, the mixture of religious intolerance and weapons of mass destruction will be a great threat to the world and everyone in it."
~Michael Kirby

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“If god created man in his own image, how come I'm not invisible?”
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“I just took [my cancer diagnosis] as bad luck, basically. It did strike me almost immediately, my atheist sort of thing kicked in and I thought "ha, if I was a God-botherer, I'd be thinking, why me God? What have I done to deserve this?" and I thought at least I'm free of that, at least I can simply treat it as bad luck and get on with it.”
~ Iain M. Banks

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“Napoleon, when hearing about Laplace's latest book, said, 'M. Laplace, they tell me you have written this large book on the system of the universe, and have never even mentioned its creator.'

Laplace responds, 'Je n'avais pas besoin de cette hypothèse-là. (I had no need of that hypothesis.)”
~ Pierre-Simon Laplace

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The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.
-Mary Wollstonecraft

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"Science is the key to our future, and if you don’t believe in science, then you’re holding everybody back. And it’s fine if you as an adult want to run around pretending or claiming that you don’t believe in evolution, but if we educate a generation of people who don’t believe in science, that’s a recipe for disaster. We talk about the Internet. That comes from science. Weather forecasting. That comes from science. The main idea in all of biology is evolution. To not teach it to our young people is wrong."
~ Bill Nye

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"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't."
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"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."
- Albert Einstein

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“Follow your heart but take your brain with you.”
― Alfred Adler

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'The power to tell real from fake doesn't come from being a world expert or mistrusting every single thing you see. It comes from an honest willingness to change your opinions and beliefs based on new facts. So, learn to enjoy being wrong. The world might start making more sense, you won't feel quite as out of step with the rest of humanity, your words won't cause needless pain to people who suffered real tragedies, and the words of others won't sway you into believing myths over truth.'
- Captain Disillusion

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“What I have a problem with is not so much religion or god, but faith. When you say you believe something in your heart and therefore you can act on it, you have completely justified the 9/11 bombers. You have justified Charlie Manson. If it's true for you, why isn't it true for them? Why are you different? If you say "I believe there's an all-powerful force of love in the universe that connects us all, and I have no evidence of that but I believe it in my heart," then it's perfectly okay to believe in your heart that Sharon Tate deserves to die. It's perfectly okay to believe in your heart that you need to fly planes into buildings for Allah.”
~ Penn Jillette

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