Gilraen
Location: Texas, United States
Traditions: Buddhism, Humanism, Freethought
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No purpose has ever held me for long, except the raising of my children. With that exception, I flit through life like a butterfly, on the whims of my interests, testing this, tasting that, never content for long. As to whether this is a virtue or... more
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Throughout history, fairly arbitrary lines drawn on maps have determined who prospers and who needs, who eats and who starves, who attacks and who is attacked, who lives long and who dies young. Oh, we have been slaves to those lines for so long....

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Men rarely (if ever) managed to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.

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The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.

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The Quotations Page
H. L. Mencken, US editor (1880 - 1956)
http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.html
Viewed on August 9, 2010
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All men -- whether they go by the name of Americans or Russians or Chinese or British or Malayans or Indians or Africans -- have obligations to one another that transcend their obligations to their sovereign societies.

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The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them

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I contend that we are both Athiests. I just believe in one fewer god than you do.When you understand why you dismiss all other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.

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Before you go and criticize the younger generation, remember who raised them.

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We tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.

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I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty.

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Wordsmith
Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)
"A.Word.A.Day"
http://wordsmith.org/
Viewed on May 26, 2010
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We must all beware the very real and understandable human tendency to ignore or subvert facts, and findings of science, that discomfort us for reasons of ideology, politics, religion, or personal taste.

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