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    l can do very well without God both in my life and in my painting, but l cannot, ill as I am, do without something which is greater than l, which is my life — the power to create.

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    Legislatures have no right to set up an inquisition and examine into the private opinions of men. Test-laws are useless and ineffectual, unjust and tyrannical.

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    Let us inquire what glory there was in an omnipotent being torturing forever a puny little creature who could in no way defend himself? Would it be to the glory of a man to fry ants?

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    Let him who is without guilt cast the first stone. A trap. Because then he will be no longer without guilt.

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    Let us enquire. Who, then, shall challenge the words? Why are they challenged. And by whom? By those who call themselves the guardians of morality, and who are the constituted guardians of religion. Enquiry, it seems, suits not them. They have drawn the line, beyond which human reason shall not pass -- above which human virtue shall not aspire! All that is without their faith or above their rule, is immorality, is atheism, is -- I know not what.

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    Liberty's chief foe is theology.

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    Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.

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    Let no more gods or exploiters be served Let us learn rather to love one another.

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    Life feeds on life... feeds on life feeds on life... this is neccesary... this is necessary life feeds on life... feeds on life

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    Life is judged with all the blindness of life itself.

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    Life should be lived so vividly and so intensely that thoughts of another life, or of a longer life, are not necessary.

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    Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated.

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    Look, I happen to agree with what George says about the interpretation of the New Testament, but I want to remind both of you to never play God.

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    Logicians may reason about abstractions. But the great mass of men must have images. The strong tendency of the multitude in all ages and nations to idolatry can be explained on no other principle.

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    Long time men lay oppress'd with slavish fear Religion's tyranny did domineer ... At length a mighty one of Greece began To assert the natural liberty of man, By senseless terrors and vain fancies let To slavery. Straight the conquered phantoms fled.

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    Lust is the cause of generation Appetite is the support of life Fear or timidity is the prolongation of life, and Fraud the preservation of its instruments.

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    Machiavelli's teaching would hardly have stood the test of Parliamentary government, for public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith.

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    Love and art do not embrace what is beautiful but what is made beautiful by this embrace.

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    Man appoints, and God disappoints.

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    Making every allowance for the errors of the most extreme fallibility, the history of Catholicism would on this hypothesis represent an amount of imposture probably unequaled in the annals of the human race.

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    Many argue that Christianity is "different" from other religions - that it is primarily about love of one's fellow man. The Crusades, The Inquisition, Calvin's Geneva all prove that this is not the case. These events were pre-eminently about obedience to authority.

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    Many a long dispute among divines may be thus abridged: It is so; It is not so. It is so; it is not so.

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    Man is the measure of all things, of the reality of those which are, and of the unreality of those which are not.

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    Man has learned to cope with all questions of importance without recourse to God as a working hypothesis.

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    Many books have been written to show that Christianity has emasculated the world, that it shoved aside the enlightenment and wisdom of Hellas for a doctrine of superstition and ignorance.

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    Many prominent scientists - including Darwin, Einstein, and Planck - have considered the concept of God very seriously. What are your thoughts on the concept of God and on the existence of God?

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    Many who tried to enlighten were hanged from the lamppost.

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    Marking dynamos for repair $10,000.00-2 hours labor $10.00; knowing where to mark $9,990.00.

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    Marx was wrong. Religion is not the opiate of the people. Opium suggests something soporific, numbing, dulling. Too often religion has been an aphrodisiac for horror, a Benzedrine for bestiality. At its best it has lifted spirits and raised spires. At its worst it has turned entire civilizations into cemeteries.

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    Mass Man, the universal psychopath, is born when the individual ego is weakened to the point at which it loses separate identity and is forced, for security, to merge with the mass.

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    Many humanists have argued that happiness involves a combination of hedonism and creative moral development; that an exuberant life fuses excellence and enjoyment, meaning and enrichment, emotion and cognition.

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    Mark, therefore, the ordinary theory of practical religion, what it leads to. Charity is great, but the moment you say it is all, you run the risk of running into materialism. It is not religion. It is no better than atheism - a little less.

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    Me pray? Never! I'm an atheist.

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    Meslier was the most singular phenomenon ever seen among all the meteors fatal to the Christian religion.

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    Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian.

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    Martyrs and persecutors are the same type of man. As to which is the persecutor and which the martyr, this is only a question of transient power.

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    Men neglect the duties incumbent on man, yet are treated like demi-gods; religion is also separated from morality by a ceremonial veil, yet men wonder that the world is almost, literally speaking, a den of sharpers or oppressors.

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    Miracles have no claim whatever to the character of historical facts and are wholly invalid as evidence of any revelation.

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    Mine was a trained Presbyterian conscience and knew but the one duty - to hunt and harry its slave upon all pretexts and on all occasions, particularly when there was no sense nor reason in it.

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    Missionaries are perfect nuisances and leave every place worse than they found it.

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    Morality does not depend on religion.

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    Most of the founding fathers, sympathetic with and influenced by the European Enlightenment, saw religion - natural religion, that is - as a potential good, but with equal clarity they saw the religions of existing institutions and religions based on a fixed scriptural revelation as meddlesome, wrong-headed and hopelessly obsolete.

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    Most successes are unhappy. That's why they are successes - they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.

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    Most true believers, when faced with evidence that contradicts their beliefs, will hold on to those beliefs even more strongly.

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    Minds fettered by this doctrine no longer inquire concerning a proposition whether it is attested by sufficient evidence, but whether it accords with Scripture; they do not search for facts as such, but for facts that will bear out their doctrine. It is easy to see that this mental habit blunts not only the perception of truth, but the sense of truthfulness, and that the man whose faith drives him into fallacies treads close upon the precipice of falsehood.

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    Misery motivates, not utopia.

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    Monotheism is in its turn doomed to subtract one more God and become atheism

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    Most people in the West who say they believe in God actually believe in belief in God.

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    Most scientists I know don't care enough about religion even to call themselves atheists.

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    My answer would be definite yes! Destructive atheism, in my view and the view of the Church, is part of a much larger picture - cosmic warfare, that is, between God and Evil, between God and Satan.