posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 09:30 PM
I wasn't sure where else to put this. Mods, please move this if it's in the wrong board.
Funny, Wise, Religious, Cool, Inspirational.
I'll post some of my favorite quotes; please, post some of yours. (If I cite the wrong name for a quote, please notify me so I can look into it and
edit where needed.)
"The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank."
"What happens when we're dead? The irony is that all our questions wil be answered after we die. We spend our whole life trying to figure out the
truth and the only way we'll find out what it is, is to get hit by a bus. And the only comfort that religion offers is that God is driving that
-John Ryman, "When Galaxies Collide"
"Man is certainly stark mad. He cannot even make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by the dozens."
"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence."
"While travelling near Tampa, Florida I passed the "Jehovah's Witness Assembly Hall" and was struck by the fact that that must be where they make
"Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?"
"When the Gods want to punish us, they answer our prayers."
"Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love. Then, for the second time in the
history of the world, man will have discovered fire."
-Pierre Tielhard de Chardin
"You know childhood is over when a puddle seems like an obsticle instead of an opportunity."
"It is better to open your eyes and say you don't understand, than to close your eyes and say you don't believe."
"Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown answers
they have already shaped in their own minds -- justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they can't go on. To really ask is
to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the quiestioner."
-"Interview With a Vampire"
"The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for
ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men."
"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."
"The world needs men and women who cannot be bought; whose word is their bond; who put character above wealth; who possess opinions and a strong
will; who are larger than their vocations; who do not hesitate to take risks; who will not lose their individuality in a crowd; who will be as honest
in small affairs as in greater; who will make no compromise with wrong; whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires; who will not
say they do it "because everybody else does it"; who are true to their friends through good and bad, in adversity as well as in prosperity; who do
not believe that shrewdness, cunning, and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success; who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the
truth when it is unpopular; who can say 'no' with emphasis, although all the rest of the world says 'yes'."
"Freedom is supremely valuable for without freedom human beings cannot be fully human. It is our duty therefore to do whatever we can to resist the
forces that now menace freedom."
"Occasionally, there may come a dreamer who is aware that he is dreaming. He may control something of the dream-stuff, bending it to his will, or he
may awaken into greater self-knowledge. If he chooses the path of self-knowledge, his glory is great and he shall be for all ages like unto a star. If
he chooses instead the way of the Tantras, combining Samsara and Nirvana, comprehending the world and continuing to live in it, this one is mighty
"Judge me by the depth of my question, not the length of the answer."
-Louis J. Bailey
"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We
ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your
playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were
born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
"When a child first catches adults out - when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not have divine intelligence, that their
judgements are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just - his world falls into panic desolution. The Gods are fallen and all safety
gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of Gods; they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a
tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child's world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing."
-John Steinbeck "East of Eden"
"A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started. He is going to sit where you are sitting and, when you are gone, attend to those
things which you think are important. You may adopt all the policies you please, but how they will be carried out depends on him. He will assume
control of your cities, states and nations. He is going to move in and take over your churches, schools, universities and corporations. All your books
are going to be judged, praised or condemned by him. The fate of humanity is in his hands. So it might be well to pay him some attention."
"To lead people, walk beside them."
"A constantly swelling government is a sure sign of the moral sickness of the people under it. Government swells when and because the people
"Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions."
-Olivier Wendell Holmes