Reason and Ignorance, the opposites of each other, influence the great bulk of mankind. If either of these can be rendered sufficiently extensive in a country, the machinery of Government goes easily on. Reason obeys itself; and Ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
more Thomas Paine quotes
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
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Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child cannot be a true system.
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Sanity may be madness but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be.
more Don Quixote quotes
As we struggle to teach our children … we dare not forget that our civilization was built by men and women who placed their faith in a loving God. If Congress can begin each day with a moment of prayer … so then can our sons and daughters.
more Ronald Reagan quotes
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
more Bertrand Russell quotes
Without doubt the greatest injury of all was done by basing morals on myth. For, sooner or later, myth is recognized for what it is, and disappears. Then morality loses the foundation on which it has been built.
more Lord Herbert Louis Samuel quotes
Standing up to a tyrant has always been illegal and dangerous. There is no guarantee but one -- to not live like a slave, nor to die like one.
more Eric Schaub quotes
Liberalism regards all absolutes with profound skepticism, including both moral imperatives and final solutions... Insistence upon any particular solution is the mark of an ideologue...
more Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. quotes
The religious quality of Marxism also explains a characteristic attitude of the orthodox Marxist toward opponents. To him, as to any believer in a faith, the opponent is not merely in error but in sin. Dissent is unapproved of not only intellectually but also morally.
more Joseph A. Schumpeter quotes
Of course, however, the living voice and the intimacy of a common life will help you more than the written word. You must go to the scene of action, first, because men put more faith in their eyes than in their ears, and second, because the way is long if one follows precepts, but short and helpful, if one follows patterns.
more Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
more George Bernard Shaw quotes
And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in all the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.
more John Steinbeck quotes
So, as you go into battle, remember your ancestors and remember your descendants.
more Cornelius Tacitus quotes
Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.
more Paul Tillich quotes
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
more Mark Twain quotes
Never risk what you can't afford to lose.
more Unknown quotes
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
more Voltaire quotes
May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.
more George Washington quotes
To believe is very dull. To doubt is intensely engrossing. To be on the alert is to live, to be lulled into security is to die.
more Oscar Wilde quotes
God requireth not a uniformity of religion.
more Roger Williams quotes
There is such a thing as a nation being so right it does not need to convince others by force that it is right.
more Woodrow Wilson quotes
It is a mindless philosophy that assumes that one's private beliefs have nothing to do with public office. Does it make sense to entrust those who are immoral in private with the power to determine the nation's moral issues and, indeed, its destiny? .... The duplicitous soul of a leader can only make a nation more sophisticated in evil.
more Dr. Ravi Zacharias quotes
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