Monday, August 06, 2012

Mark Twain

There is one notable thing about our Christianity: bad, bloody, merciless, money-grabbing, and predatory as it is–in our country particularly and in all other Christian countries in a somewhat modified degree–it is still a hundred times better than the Christianity of the Bible, with its prodigious crime–the invention of Hell. Measured by our Christianity of to-day, bad as it is, hypocritical as it is, empty and hollow as it is, neither the Deity nor his Son is a Christian, nor qualified for that moderately high place. Ours is a terrible religion. The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilled.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Christopher Hitchens

Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mathew Inman

you are a bag of meat sitting on a rock in outer space and someday you will die and you are completely powerless, helpless and insignificant in the wake of this beautiful cosmic shitstorm we call existence.  

With apologies to The Oatmeal.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Atheist's Grace

Lets give thanks.
We are thankful for:
  • The food before us and to all those who worked to provide it
  • The shelter over our head and to all those who worked to provide it
  • Our health and to all those who work to keep us well
We remember
  • There are those without food and go hungry each day
  • There are those without shelter and seek it each day
  • There are those who suffer illness and seek aid each day
We are reminded that life is fragile, and to make the most of each day.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Serbian Proverb

Be humble, for you are made of earth.  Be noble, for you are made of stars.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mark Twain

Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Henry David Thoreau

Men have become the tools of their tools.

Russell Baker

Inanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categories - those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Adam Savage

And finally, I have concluded through careful, empirical analysis and much thought that somebody is looking out for me. Keeping track of what I think about things, forgiving me when I do less than I ought. Giving me strength to shoot for more than I think I’m capable of. I believe they know everything that I do and think and they still love me. And I’ve concluded after careful consideration, that this person keeping score is… me.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.

George Bernard Shaw

We know now that the soul is the body, and the body the soul. They tell us they are different because they want to persuade us that we can keep our souls if we let them make slaves of our bodies.

Monday, February 27, 2012


Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.

Alvin Toffler

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

Bertrand Russell

One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Harlan Ellison

I don't mind you thinking I'm stupid, but don't talk to me like I'm stupid.

Mark Twain

If one truly believes there is an all-powerful Deity, and one looks around at the condition of the universe, one is led inescapably to the conclusion that God is a malign thug.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Clifford Stoll

The first time you do something, it's science. The second time, it's engineering. The third time, it's just being a technician.

Initially from TED Quotes

Jill Tarter

We, all of us, are what happens when a primordial mixture of hydrogen and helium evolves for so long that it begins to ask where it came from.

Initially from TED Quotes

Barry Schwartz

The secret to happiness is: Low Expectations.

Initially from TED Quotes

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Friday, January 06, 2012

Randy K. Milholland

Ah, sweet alcohol. Like a true friend, you replace the anger with better, louder anger.