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"The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught."
"To wage a war for a purely moral reason is as absurd as to ravish a woman for a purely moral reason."
War & Peace
"Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration - courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, above all, love of the truth."
"A Galileo could no more be elected president of the United States than he could be elected Pope of Rome. Both high posts are reserved for men favored by God with an extraordinary genius for swathing the bitter facts of life in bandages of self-illusion."
"We must repsect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children are smart."
"I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time."
"The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom."
"Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood."
"Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself."
"Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable."
"A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child."
"Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them."
"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under."
"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office."
"The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated."
"For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing."
"It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull."
"In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell."
"Criticism is prejudice made plausible."
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