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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008 7:44:28 AM PDT
KayJay says:
"An unexamined life is not worth living."

Sophicles

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008 7:49:07 AM PDT
zoltán says:
Socrates.

KayJay said: ""An unexamined life is not worth living." Sophicles (sic)"

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008 8:26:38 AM PDT
KayJay says:
Thanks for the correction. And all these years I thought it was Sophocles :-P.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008 8:52:01 AM PDT
Max Flash says:
"There is a juncture to which full awareness inevitably leads. One stands before the abyss and decides how to face the pitiless existential facts of life. Of course, there are no solutions. One has a choice only to be 'resolute,' 'engaged,' courageously defiant, stoically accepting or to, in awe of mystery, place one's trust in the providence of the divine."

Irving D. Yalom

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008 8:55:54 AM PDT
zoltán says:
Aren't you supposed to inform me that my heart is hardened against Sophocles and that if I just opened my heart and let him in (etc., etc., etc.) I would come to know the truth of Sophocles? Or am I in the wrong forum? ;)

KayJay said: "Thanks for the correction. And all these years I thought it was Sophocles :-P."

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008 9:25:11 AM PDT
KayJay says:
I was going to inform you of exactly that but I thought, given your closed-mindedness to the truth of Sophocles (not to mention not knowing the esoteric spelling of his name: "Sophicles"), it would be like feeding dog biscuits to mimes. :-\

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008 9:52:10 AM PDT
'probabilist says:
"Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."

- PT Barnum

(Quoted by James Longmire on the "pk party" thread)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2008 5:12:47 AM PDT
'probabilist says:
Owen Hatteras wrote (on the thread titled "Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, RIP"):

An unfamiliar quote from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn that is especially apposite now:

"Although the earthly ideal of Socialism-Communism has collapsed, the problems it purported to solve remain: the brazen use of social power and the inordinate power of money, which often direct the very course of events. And if the global lesson of the twentieth century does not serve as a healing inoculation, then the vast red whirlwind may repeat itself in entirety."

--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
"New York Times", November 28, 1993

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2008 9:08:18 AM PDT
'probabilist says:
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness."

- Mark Twain

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2008 9:19:13 AM PDT
KayJay says:
"If you smoke after sex, you're doing it too fast."

Woody Allen

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2008 5:19:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2008 9:53:01 PM PST
'probabilist says:
http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/make_believe_maverick_the_real_john_mccain

http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=27091725&sort=whole#27091969

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2008 5:17:06 PM PDT
'probabilist says:
"If nothing else, Creationist arguments really need to catch up with where science is now - it is pointless to argue against where science was when it first offended your ancestors."

- Daniel Gilsdorf
(responding to a creationist on the science-forum thread titled "The Origin of Life")

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2008 9:52:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2008 9:55:39 PM PST
'probabilist says:
"Today's professional evolutionism is no more a secular religion than is industrial chemistry."

- Michael Ruse

(quoted by zoltán on the thread titled
"Integrity calls for admitting that belief in evolution is religious.")

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2008 10:56:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2008 10:57:21 PM PST
'probabilist says:
"Conservative Christian critics who argue that the whole of evolutionary thought is merely a religion alternative or substitute are wrong, willfully so."

- Michael Ruse

(quoted by zoltán on the thread titled
"Integrity calls for admitting that belief in evolution is religious.")

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2008 11:28:21 PM PST
Celsus says:
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful." Seneca the Younger (4? BCE - 65 CE)

"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 G. Ingersoll

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 12:32:23 AM PST
I think there are about 4 billion people on earth the would beg to differ. You are aware, I hope, That the Christian religion is one of the youngest religions on earth?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 1:39:07 AM PST
zoltán says:
Whoosh!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 2:12:42 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 4, 2008 2:16:30 AM PST
Though this is not on my top ten list, I think it quite timely:

On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C, and D. Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism'.
-Barry Goldwater

This one as well:

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.
-Abraham Lincoln

And from a Founding Father:

"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear."
-Thomas Jefferson

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 7:20:02 AM PST
i1der says:
Albert Einstein:

How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 7:22:33 AM PST
i1der says:
Albert Schweitzer:

Thought cannot avoid the ethical or reverence and love for all life. It will abandon the old confined systems of ethics and be forced to recognize the ethics that knows no bounds. But on the other hand, those who believe in love for all creation must realize clearly the difficulties involved in the problem of a boundless ethic and must be resolved not to veil from [humankind] the conflicts which this ethic will involve [us], but allow [us] really to experience them. To think out in every implication the ethic of love for all creation -- this is the difficult task which confronts our age.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 7:23:42 AM PST
i1der says:
Alfred Tennyson:

I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 7:24:17 AM PST
i1der says:
Allan K. Chalmers:

The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 7:25:31 AM PST
i1der says:
Bertrand Russell:

The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 7:26:13 AM PST
i1der says:
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking.
It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
I Corinthians 13:4-8

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 7:26:37 AM PST
i1der says:
Blaise Pascal:

The heart has its reasons which reason knows not of.
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