Friday 8 June 2007

Favourite Heretical Quotes #1

"Faith is believing what you know ain't so." -Mark Twain

"Faith means not wanting to know what is true." -Nietzsche

"To believe is to know that one believes, and to know that one believes is no longer to believe." -Sartre

"If Stavrogin believes, he does not think he believes. If he does not believe, he does not think he does not believe." -Dostoevsky

"If your faith is opposed to experience, to human learning and investigation, it is not worth the breath used in giving it expression." -Edgar Watson Howe

"For while I am opposed to all orthodox creeds, I have a creed myself, and my creed is this. Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so. This creed is somewhat short, but is long enough for this life; long enough for this world. If there is another world, when we get there we can make another creed. But this creed certainly will do for this life." Robert Ingersoll

"Sunday School: A prison where children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents." HL Mencken

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth." -Umberto Eco

and my personal favourite ...
"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh." -Voltaire

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