Jacob (Co)
Location: Netherlands
Traditions: Freethought, Humanism
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"It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my unconquerable soul." (Invictus - By William Ernest Henley)

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I believe that life can go on forever. It takes a million years to evolve a new species, ten million for a new genus, one hundred million for a class, a billion for a phylum -- and that's usually as far as your imagination goes. In a billion years, it seems, intelligent life might be as different from humans as humans are from insects. But what would happen in another ten billion years? It's utterly impossible to conceive of ourselves changing as drastically as that, over and over again. All you can say is, on that kind of time scale the material form that life would take is completely open. To change from a human being to a cloud may seem a big order, but it's the kind of change you'd expect over billions of years.

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In religion, faith is a virtue. In science, faith is a vice.

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Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me". - Why? Is it because both are one and the same?

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To be nobody but myself -- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.

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Biographical history, as taught in our public schools, is still largely a history of boneheads: ridiculous kings and queens, paranoid political leaders, compulsive voyagers, ignorant generals, the flotsam and jetsam of historical currents. The men who radically altered history, the great creative scientists and mathematicians, are seldom mentioned if at all.

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No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power.

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You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

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Even in a world that's being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong.

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These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.

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We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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