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"You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion... Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly."
(Aldous Huxley / 1894-1963 / Brave New World)

"How orderly philosophical is the landscape, are all the inhabitants of this World! It is the creation of a god who "ever plays the geometer."
(Aldous Huxley / 1894-1963 / Music at Night)

"Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat."
(Sir Julian Huxley / 1887-1975)

"We have enslaved the rest of animal creation and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form."
(William Ralph Inge / 1860-1954 / The Theory and Practice of Hell)

Quotes of Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), lawyer and lecturer, (U.S.A.)

"One can refuse the type of explanation offered by myths or magic. But one cannot deny to them unit and coherence because, without the least hesitation, they answer any question and solve any difficulty by a simple and single a priori argument."
(François Jacob / Born en 1920 / The game of the possibilities / 1981)

"I am, like much, agnostic, i.e. conscious of my incapacity to say anything about what it is agreed to call by the word God."
(Albert Jacquard / born in 1925 / Small Philosophy for the Use of the Non-Philosophers / 1997)

Quotes of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), author of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States

"When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism!"
(David Starr Jordan / 1851-1931)

"Credulity. More difficult to dissuade than to persuade, and easier to put wrong than to put right."
(Joseph Joubert, French moralist / 1754-1824 / Notebook)

"All mystics set out to say... that the imcomprehensible is uncomprehensible, and that we knew before."
(Franz Kafka / 1883-1924)

Quotes of Wendy Kaminer (1743-1826), lawyer, author, journalist (U.S.A.)

"A man can have sex with animals such as sheep, cows, camels and so on. However he should kill the animal after he has his orgasm. He should not sell the meat to the people in his own village, however selling the meat to the next door village should be fine."
(Ayatollah Khomeini / 1902-1989 / Tahrirolvasyleh / 1990)

"A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However he should not penetrate, sodomising the child is OK. If the man penetrates and damages the child then he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl, however does not count as one of his four permanent wives."
(Ayatollah Khomeini / 1902-1989 / Tahrirolvasyleh / 1990)

"Faith is a wondrous thing; it is not only capable of moving mountains, but also of making you believe that a herring is a race horse."
(Arthur Koestler / 1905-1983)

"Who lives as a citizen, may write as a philosopher - but write as a philosopher, it is to teach materialism!"
(Julien Offray de La Mettrie / 1709-1751 / Preliminary Discourse)

"Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis."
(Pierre Laplace / 1749-1827 / to Napoleon on why his works on celestial mechanics make no mention of God)

"Everywhere, the model of obeying believers becomes weaker with the rising figures of nomad, "handyman", researcher of meaning. Faith becomes more personal and more critical. The individualization of the ways of believing threats all orthodoxies."
(Frederic Lenoir, French philosopher / The Metamorphoses of God)

"If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. With such an honest and inflexible openness to evidence, they could not fail to receive any real truth which might be manifesting itself around them. The fact that religionists do not follow this honourable course, but cheat at their game by invoking juvenile quasi-hypnosis, is enough to destroy their pretensions in my eyes even if their absurdity were not manifest in every other direction."
(Howard Phillips Lovecraft, American writer / 1890-1937 / letter to Maurice W. Moe, August, 3 1931)

"Medicine makes people ill, mathematics make them sad and theology makes them sinful."
(Martin Luther / 1483-1546)

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