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The idea of God implies the abdication of human reason and justice; it is the most decisive negation of human liberty, and necessarily ends in the enslavement of mankind, both in theory and practice.

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment.

There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labour of thinking.

Nothing is so exhausting as indecision and nothing so futile.

Look into irrationality closely, with a determination not to respect it, and not to let it dominate you. Whenever it thrusts foolish thoughts or feelings into your consciousness, pull them up by the roots, examine them, and reject them. Do not allow yourself to remain a vacillating creature, swayed half by reason and half by infantile folly. Do not be afraid of irreverence towards the memory of those who controlled your childhood.

"I think you should always be questioning. I take this very scientific attitude, that everything you've learned is just provisional, that's it's always open to recantation or refutation, and I think the same applies to society." Aaron Swartz

'Most people would rather die than think and most people do' Bertrand Russell

Mystery is not about traveling to new places, but it's about looking with new eyes (Proust)

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way - Viktor Frankl

The purpose of education is to free us all from the prejudices of our parents.

'The sleep of reason brings forth monsters' (title of one of the series of satires etched by the Spanish painter Goya)

Goya's full motto for his etching is 'Imagination abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters: united with her, she is the mother of the arts and the source of her wonders'

Speculation on borrowed money is the most toxic combination in capitalism

Practice makes permanent.

The highest to which man can attain is wonder (Goethe)

Evolution is based on difference and not equality.

He who cannot draw on 3,000 years is living from hand to mouth - Goethe

The chief enemy of good decisions is a lack of sufficient perspectives on a problem - Alain de Botton

"It's not that I'm so smart," said Einstein. "It's that I stay with problems longer."

Saving is the oldest excuse for failing to live.

90% of the art of living consists of getting on with people one cannot stand

People say we need religion when what they really mean is that we need police - H L Mencken.

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"As soon as a coin in the coffer rings / the soul from purgatory springs"

You cannot pull people to heaven by their hair

Wenn es einen Gott gibt, muß er mich um Verzeihung bitten.

If there is a God, He will have to beg my forgiveness.

The greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of the parents - Carl Jung

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so -Hamlet

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world - Schopenhauer

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..” ― John Milton, Paradise Lost

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook" William James

"Don't judge someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes"

The true end of human life, I found myself saying, was not redemption by a non-existent Son of God, but the gaining and transmission of wisdom, and if we are to do any good in the world, we have to leave childhood behind - Phillip Pullman

The essence of anything we regard as being a functioning democracy is freedom of speech and freedom of thought. The power to control thought is ultimately evil. It’s what defines us as human beings. You take that away and we have nothing left.

Marcs Aurelius wrote in Meditations:

Ambition means tying your well-being to what other people say or do
Self-indulgence means trying it to the things that happen to you
Sanity means tying it to your own actions

"When a friend of mine succeeds, a small part of me dies" Gore Vidal

"Comparison is the death of joy"

"Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement"

"In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power" Yuval Noah Harari