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Astrologers with an old paltry cant and a few pothooks for planets to amuse the vulgar, have too long been suffered to abuse the world. — Jonathan Swift. Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true. — Francis Bacon.

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Astrologers with an old paltry cant and a few pothooks for planets to amuse the vulgar, have too long been suffered to abuse the world.

— Jonathan Swift


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Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true. for planets to amuse the vulgar, have too long been suffered to abuse the world.

— Francis Bacon


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It is not yet clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.

— Stephen Hawking


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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

— Henry David Thoreau


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A state of skepticism and suspense may amuse a few inquisitive minds. But the practice of superstition is so congenial to the multitude that, if

they are forcibly awakened, they still regret the loss of their pleasing vision.

— Edward Gibbon


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Skepticism is the true inquisitive minds. But the practice of superstition is so congenial to the multitude that, if

wisdom of man.

— David Hume


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There is no harm in doubt and skepticism, for it is through these that new discoveries are made.

— Richard Feynman


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The most infallible mark of it is through these that new discoveries are made.

ignorance is superstition.

— King Stanislaus


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. it is through these that new discoveries are made.

(On creationism) Although I am the last person to advocate laws against blasphemy, surely nothing could be more antireligious than to deny the evidence so clearly written in the rocks for all who have eyes to see!

— Sir Arthur C. Clarke


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Our contemplations of the cosmos stir us. There’s a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation as of a distant memory of falling from a great height.

We know we are approaching the grandest of mysteries.

— Carl Sagan


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The fault, dear Brutus, is not tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation as of a distant memory of falling from a great height.

in the stars, but in ourselves.

— Cassius, from Shakespeare,

“Julius Caesar”


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It is wrong always, tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation as of a distant memory of falling from a great height.

everywhere, and

for everyone, to

believe anything

upon insufficient

evidence.

— W. K. Clifford


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Faith consists in believing things because they are impossible.

Faith is nothing more than

submissive or deferential

credulity.

— Voltaire


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A belief in the powers of certain delusive arts such as astrology has greatly retarded the progress of knowledge by engaging the attention of many of the finest geniuses that the world has ever produced.

— O. Gregory


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“You’re fine, how am I?” such as astrology has greatly retarded the progress of knowledge by engaging the attention of many of the finest geniuses that the world has ever produced.

— One “psychic” greeting the other


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“You’re fine, how am I?” such as astrology has greatly retarded the progress of knowledge by engaging the attention of many of the finest geniuses that the world has ever produced.

— One “psychic” greeting the other


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I think we cannot too strongly attack superstition, which is the disturber of society; nor too highly respect genuine religion, which is the support of it.

— Rousseau


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They say that fairies take care of children, drunks, and idiots.

They also say that Richard Nixon

knew nothing about Watergate…

— James Randi


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All men are fools, and he who does not wish to see them must remain in his chamber and break his looking-glass.

— Marquis de Sade


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A fortune-teller is a pickpocket who is discerning enough to limit his or her depredations to gulls and simpletons.

— Horace Smith


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Isn’t a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it?

— Richard Dawkins


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It is wrong always, everywhere, and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.

— W. K. Clifford


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I contend we are both atheists — I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you reject all other gods, you will understand why I reject yours as well.

— Stephen F. Roberts


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If a man wants to educate himself, fewer god than you do. When you understand why you reject all other gods, you will understand why I reject yours as well.

he must first doubt, for in doubting

he will find the truth.

— Aristotle


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Astrology boasts of great antiquity, which has nothing fewer god than you do. When you understand why you reject all other gods, you will understand why I reject yours as well.

to do with validity.

— James Randi


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Extraordinary claims require fewer god than you do. When you understand why you reject all other gods, you will understand why I reject yours as well.

extraordinary evidence.

— Carl Sagan


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Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure science.

— Edwin Powell Hubble,

Astronomer


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He who doubts nothing, universe around him and calls the adventure science.

knows nothing.

— Nathaniel Appleton


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Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.

— Adam Smith


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Can that which is the greatest virtue in philosophy – doubt –

be in religion what the priests term it, the greatest of sins?

— Nestelle Bovee


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Science is built up with facts, doubt –

as a house is with stones. But

a collection of facts is no more

a science than a heap of

stones is a house.

— Jules Henri Poincaré


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Science is the glory of a free state. doubt –

— Richelieu


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He who doubts, and yet seeks not to be resolved, is equally unhappy and unjust.

— Pascal


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The first point of wisdom is to equally unhappy and unjust.

discern what is false; the

second, to know what is true.

— Lactantius


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Skepticism is the equally unhappy and unjust.

true wisdom of man.

— David Hume


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He is a poor astrologer who pretends by the stars to point

out another’s destiny and yet does not know his own.

— Jaafar



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In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact

rarely get as far as fact.

— Thomas Huxley


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Astrology, though an ignorant mother, has a very wise daughter — astronomy.

— E. P. Day


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Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.

— Thomas Huxley


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It is not what the man of science beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.

believes that distinguishes him, but

how and why he believes it.

— Bertrand Russell


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We are trying to prove ourselves beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.

wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress.

— Richard Feynman


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Science is intelligence in beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.

action with no holds barred.

— P. W. Bridgman


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In making theories, always keep a window open so that you can throw one out if necessary.

— Bela Schick


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The real purpose of scientific you can throw one out if necessary.

method is to make sure Nature

hasn't misled you into thinking you know something you don’t

actually know.

— Robert M. Pirsig


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Seek simplicity and distrust it. you can throw one out if necessary.

— Alfred North Whitehead


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The aim of science is not to open the door to everlasting wisdom but to set a limit on everlasting error.

— Bertolt Brecht


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In days of old everlasting wisdom but to set a limit on everlasting error.

When knights were bold,

And science not invented,

The Earth was flat

And that was that,

With no man discontented.

— English verse


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He who proves things by everlasting wisdom but to set a limit on everlasting error.

experience increases his

knowledge; he who believes

blindly increases his errors.

— Chinese proverb


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The pure and simple truth is everlasting wisdom but to set a limit on everlasting error.

rarely pure and never simple.

— Oscar Wilde


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The least questioned assumptions everlasting wisdom but to set a limit on everlasting error.

are often the most questionable.

— Paul Broca


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Some things have to be everlasting wisdom but to set a limit on everlasting error.

believed to be seen…

— Ralph Hodgson


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If superior creatures from everlasting wisdom but to set a limit on everlasting error.

space ever visit Earth, the

first question they will ask

in order to assess the level

of our civilization is: “Have

they discovered evolution

yet?” — Richard Dawkins


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Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef.

— Tom Robbins


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The path of sound credence screwdriver to cut roast beef.

is through the thick forest

of skepticism.

— George Jean Nathan


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I honestly believe it is better to know nothing, than to know what ain't so.

— Josh Billings


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Be careful about reading than to know what ain't so.

health books. You might

die of a misprint.

— Mark Twain


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Truth irritates only those whom it than to know what ain't so.

enlightens but does not convert.

— Pasquier Quesnel


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Common sense is than to know what ain't so.

very uncommon.

— Horace Greeley


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Every sect, as far as reason than to know what ain't so.

will help them, gladly use it;

but when it fails them they

cry out that this is a matter

of faith, and above reason.

— John Locke


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No man really becomes a fool than to know what ain't so.

until he stops asking questions.

— Charles Steinmetz


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Judge a man by his questions than to know what ain't so.

rather than by his answers.

— Voltaire


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Men become civilized not in proportion to their willingness

to believe, but in proportion

to their willingness to doubt.

— H. L. Mencken


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Truth may be expressed without art or affectation, but a lie stands in need of both.

— Nehemiah Grew


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He that but a lie stands in need of both.will not reason is a bigot;

he that cannot reason is a fool;

and he that dares not reason is a slave.

— William Drummond


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Superstition, the mother of but a lie stands in need of both.

those hideous twins, fear

and faith, from her throne

of skulls still rules the world.

— R. G. Ingersoll


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No pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.

— Francis Bacon


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An angry young student from Reticulum, vantage-ground of truth.

Annoyed at their crazy curriculum,

Said, “They teach biorhythms, ,

And a rational π–

I hear Asimov’s set to ridicule ’em!”

— James Randi


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There are proselytes vantage-ground of truth.

from atheism, but none

from superstition.

— Junius


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The greatest burden in the vantage-ground of truth.

world is superstition, not only

of ceremonies in the church,

but of imaginary and scarecrow

sins at home.

— Milton


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An eclipse of the Sun denotes that vantage-ground of truth.

it will be dark while it lasts, that astrologers tell many lies, and that fools believe in magic.

— G. P. Morris


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Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.

— S. T. Coleridge


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Crystals are pretty rocks; they’re not keys to psychic power nor to healing modalities.

— James Randi


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I cannot help thinking, as we approach the year 2000, that

the time is ripe to establish an “End – of – the – World – of –

the – Month – Club.”

— Sir Arthur C. Clarke


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When Man seized the lodestone that

of science, the lodestone of

superstition vanished in the clouds.

— W. R. Alger


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It is indeed a national tragedy that millions of children have been prevented from appreciating the awesome scale – in time as well

as space – of our wonderful universe owing to the cowardice of politicians and school boards.

— Sir Arthur C. Clarke


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