Quotes to Think About

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Christianity:

“The belief that some cosmic Jewish Zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree…Yeah, Christianity makes perfect sense.”

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“The multiplying villainies of nature do swarm upon him.” – An excerpt from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

“A free America… means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” – George Washington

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.” – Thomas Jefferson

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.” – Albert Einstein

“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.” – Galileo Galilei

“We all know that books burn, yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man’s eternal fight against tyranny of every kind.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” –Salman Rushdie

“Imagine books and music and movies being filtered and homogenized. Certified. Approved for consumption. People will be happy to give up most of their culture for the assurance that the tiny bit that comes through is safe and clean. White noise.” –Chuck Palahniuk

“Damn all expurgated books; the dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.” –Walt Whitman

“Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creeds into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics.” –Robert A. Heinlein

“Intelligence is the capacity to receive, decode and transmit information efficiently. Stupidity is blockage of this process at any point. Bigotry, ideologies etc. block the ability to receive; robotic reality-tunnels block the ability to decode or integrate new signals; censorship blocks transmission.” –Robert Anton Wilson

“Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.” –Potter Stewart, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” –Oscar Wilde

“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority, be it Baptist/Unitarian, Irish/Italian/Octogenarian/Zen Buddhist, Zionist/Seventh-day Adventist, Women’s Lib/Republican, Mattachine/FourSquareGospel feels it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse. Every dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc-mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme.” –Ray Bradbury

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