My collection of quotes

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My collection of quotes

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As mentioned in the Action forum, here is my collection of quotes.

Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done
- Linus Torvalds

"Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man"
- Thomas Paine

"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul"
- George Bernard Shaw

“The highest form of wisdom is kindness”.
- Maimonides - Jewish scholar

"It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value."
- Arthur C. Clarke

“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever
that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority
of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.”
- Bertrand Russell, British philosopher

"Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"Assassination is the extreme form of censorship."
- George Bernard Shaw

"The seed of revolution is repression."
- Woodrow Wilson, 28th U.S. President

"When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to
its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you may not see, this you are
forbidden to know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter
how holy the motives."
- Robert Heinlein - science-fiction author

"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."
- Robert Heinlein - science-fiction author

"No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority."
- Robert Heinlein

"One man's theology is another man's belly laugh."
- Robert Heinlein

"Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything."
- Robert Heinlein

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."
- George Bernard Shaw

"By doubting we all come at truth."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator

"The first reaction to truth is hatred."
- Tertullian, early Christian author from Carthage

"The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear."
- Herbert Agar

"Facing the truth is so much easier than all the time and energy it takes running away from it."
- Unknown

"Truth never damages a cause that is just."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could."
- Mahatma Gandhi

". . .the larger the crowd, the more probable that that which it praises is folly, and the more improbable that it is truth; and the most improbable of all that it is any eternal truth."
- Soren Kierkegaard

"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
- John F. Kennedy

"Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy;
if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher."
- Socrates

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
- William Butler Yeats

"Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom."
- George Washington Carver, American scientist, botanist, educator and inventor

"Education is the transmission of civilization."
- Will Durant

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison."
- Victor Hugo

"All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man."
- Henry David Thoreau

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own."
- Publilius Syrus

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."
- Thomas Jefferson

"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear."
- Thomas Jefferson

"It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf."
- Walter Lippmann

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?"
- Douglas Adams

"You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do."
- Anne Lamott, author

"The man who does ill must suffer ill."
- Aeschylus - poet

"It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf."
- Thomas Fuller, clergyman

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
- John F. Kennedy

"John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the
World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war."
- Isaac Asimov

"Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things."
- Winston Churchill

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes
to sit down and listen."
- Winston Churchill

"There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness."
- Dalai Lama

"Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace."
- Dalai Lama

"The truth is "hate speech" only to those who have something to hide."
- Michael Rivero

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
- Thomas Jefferson

"Always tell the truth. That way you don't have to remember what you said."
- Mark Twain

"When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic."
- Dresden James

“The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.”
- Stephen King

“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”
- Albert Einstein

“Oh what a wicked web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”
- Sir Walter Scott

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”
- Adolf Hitler

“Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false.”
- Bertrand Russell

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."
- Voltaire

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if
I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."
- Buddha

"In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create
distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true."
- Buddha

"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything."
- Friedrich Nietzsche.

"There is nothing more sad than a life that ends and no one knows or cares."
Fyodor Dostoevsky

"The world holds two classes of men - intelligent men without religion, and
religious men without intelligence."
- Abu’l‐Ala al Ma’arri

"In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.
He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for
protection to his own."
- Thomas Jefferson

And as an extra bonus..... two Jamaican sayings that are very cool......
"Gi mi sponge fi go dry up sea"
Jamaican Saying: Meaning: Giving one an impossible task to do.

"Chicken merry, hawk deh near."
Jamaican Saying: Meaning: Be careful when things are going too good for you as its always possible that danger is around the corner.

- enceladus

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