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"In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms." Science 4.5 avg (6 votes)
"Is one religion as good as another? Is one horse in the Derby as good as another?" Religion 3.8 avg (8 votes)
"It has been often said, very truly, that religion is the thing that makes the ordinary man feel extraordinary; it is an equally important truth that religion is the thing that makes the extraordinary man feel ordinary." Religion 4.8 avg (8 votes)
"It is largely because the free-thinkers, as a school, have hardly made up their minds whether they want to be more optimist or more pessimist than Christianity that their small but sincere movement has failed. For the duel is deadly; and any agnostic who wishes to be anything more than a Nihilist must sympathize with one version of nature or the other." Atheism 3.5 avg (8 votes)
"It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong." Miscellaneous 4.0 avg (6 votes)
"It's not that we don't have enough scoundrels to curse; it's that we don't have enough good men to curse them." Morality 4.0 avg (2 votes)
"Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive." Writing 4.5 avg (2 votes)
"Love means loving the unlovable - or it is no virtue at all." Love 4.6 avg (5 votes)
"Marriage is a duel to the death which no man of honour should decline." Marriage 4.9 avg (8 votes)
"Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable." Good & Evil 4.6 avg (10 votes)
"Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities." Freedom 4.6 avg (8 votes)
"Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God." God, Government 4.4 avg (9 votes)
"The Declaration of Independence dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man." America, Freedom, God 4.1 avg (13 votes)
"The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice." Virtue 4.7 avg (3 votes)
"The aim of good prose words is to mean what they say. The aim of good poetical words is to mean what they do not say." Poetry 4.3 avg (3 votes)
"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people." Christianity 5.0 avg (20 votes)
"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." Christianity 4.8 avg (38 votes)
"The first two facts which a healthy boy or girl feels about sex are these: first that it is beautiful and then that it is dangerous." 4.8 avg (11 votes)
"The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog." Freedom 4.6 avg (5 votes)
"The only defensible war is a war of defense." War & Peace 4.0 avg (6 votes)

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