Emil’s collection of quotes
Quotes that are sourced
“If the ignorance of nature gave birth to such a variety of gods, the knowledge of this nature is calculated to destroy them.”
Baron D’holbach, Samuel Wilkinson, trans., The System of Nature (Project Gutenberg e-text), vol. 2, chap. I
“Når jeg anvender et ord,” sagde Klumpe-Dumpe temmelig hånligt, “så betyder det lige netop, hvad jeg vil have, det skal betyde – hverken mere eller mindre.”
“Men spørgsmålet er,” sagde Alice, “om du kan få ordene til at betyde vidt forskellige ting.”
“Spørgsmålet er,” sagde Klumpe-Dumpe, “hvem det er, der bestemmer – det er det, der er det afgørende.”
“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
Max Planck, Religion und Naturwissenschaft (Leipzig, 1958)
There are those who scoff at the schoolboy, calling him frivolous and shallow: Yet it was the schoolboy who said “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.”
Following the Equator (1897) ch. 12
[about solipsism, Bertrand wishes that believers of that would] “…get into a car and drive straight into a wall at a speed proportional to their belief that the wall is not real.”
Bertrand Russell. (unsourced)
Once the soul looked contemptuously on the body, and then that
contempt was the supreme thing:- the soul wished the body meagre,
ghastly, and famished. Thus it thought to escape from the body and the
Oh, that soul was itself meagre, ghastly, and famished; and
cruelty was the delight of that soul!
But ye, also, my brethren, tell me: What doth your body say about
your soul? Is your soul not poverty and pollution and wretched
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, part 1.
“When I am trying to explain something complicated to my toddler i use analogy, because it makes it easier for her to grasp complexities. I use the same approach with theists for the same reason.”
Tori “djrafikie” on IIDB.org, jeg kan ikke finde det oprindelige indlæg, men jeg kan finde den private besked jeg sendte for at spørge om personens navn.
Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not.
Epicurus (341 BC – 270 BC), “Letter to Menoeceus”
[Om at folk melder sig ind i Islam] “…Og for 30 år siden blev folk med manglende identitet punkere eller meldte sig ind i Tvind. Der er intet nyt under solen.”
Hemlihenning, Skrevet på Arto.dk, den oprindelige besked er gået tabt.
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40) Part 4 Of the sceptical and other systems of philosophy, Sect. 7 Conclusion of this book
“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
Måske Benjamin Frankli, www.futureofthebook.com/stories/storyReader$605
“Menneskerne har skabt sig guder i deres eget billede.”
Xenofanes 570 ca. f.kr. If. Sofies Verden
“A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hopes of reward after death.”
Albert Einstein, Religion and Science (1930)
“I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”
“When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord, in his wisdom, doesn’t work that way. So I just stole one and asked him to forgive me!”
Emo Philips, E=MO² (1985)
“Når Jehovas Vidner står udenfor døren og spørger:
“Har du set gud?” – “ingen reklamer tak”"
Christian Andersen Aka immortal-technique, Arto.dk. Den oprindelige besked er gået tabt.
“The invisible and the nonexistent look much alike.”
Delos B McKown, quoted from Victor J Stenger, Physics and Psychics.
“I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.”
Bertrand Russell, unsourced.
“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.”
Bertrand Russell, unsourced.
“If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.”
Bertrand Russell, unsourced.
Emil “Hvad ville du helst, fryse eller svede?”
Peter “Fryse, fordi man kan altid blive ved med at tage tøj på, men man kan ikke blive ved med at tage tøj af.”
Peter Kiel Jørgensen, personlig samtale
“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”
Socrates, Diogenes Laertius
“Jeg er altså ikke ret stædig. Det er bare alle andre, der giver op for let.”
Bolette Taul Holm, personlig samtale
“Ved du hvad jeg bedst kan lide ved din personlighed? At du ser godt ud.”
Andreas Petri Petersen, personlig tekst på MSN
“At agumentere mod troende er som at slå i en stor pude, nemt, blødt, men virkningsløst..”
Jeppe “Noarko”, personlig samtale
“En god løgner lyver ikke direkte, men fordrejer sandheden til at tilpasse hans behov.”
Andreas Knigge (idé) og Emil Kirkegaard
Quotes that are not checked for sources
“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.”
“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
“Light someone a fire and they’ll be warm for a day, but set someone on fire and they’ll be warm for the rest of thier lives.”
“Lægerne har den lykke, at solen skinner over deres helbredelser og deres fejl skjules af tre favne jord”
“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”
“The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.”
“Let us understand Darwinism so we can walk in the opposite direction when it comes to setting up society.”
“We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”
“Nature is not cruel, pitiless, indifferent. This is one of the hardest lessons for humans to learn. We cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous — indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose.”
“Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakeable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.”
“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.”
H. L. Mencken
“In heaven all the interesting people are missing.”
“Never interupt your enemy while he is making a mistake”
“Don’t fear perfection – you’ll never reach it”
“Det er pudsigt, at der med de relativt få ord, der findes i sproget, kan siges så meget sludder.”
“Religioner er ligesom ildfluer. De kræver mørke for at lyse.”
“To you I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the Loyal Opposition.”
“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”
“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”
“Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”
“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”
“Hvis ateisme er en tro, er skaldethed en hårfarve”
“Hvad er forskellen på uvidenhed og ignorance? – Jeg ved det ikke og jeg er også ligeglad.”