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Quality Quotes

Some of these are mine, some are from other people.

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Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
--Tom Robbins

"The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and ingrafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man."

- Thomas Jefferson to Jeremiah Moor, 1800.

"World trade means world peace and consequently the World Trade Center buildings in New York...had a bigger purpose than just to provide room for tenants. The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man's dedication to world peace...beyond the compelling need to make this a monument to world peace, the World Trade Center should, because of its importance, become a representation of man's belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and through cooperation, his ability to find greatness."

--Minoru Yamasaki, Architect, World Trade Center

"The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is asgood as dead" --Albert Einstein

In the sixth century BC, the historical Buddha said:

Rely not on the teacher/person, but on the teaching.
Rely not on the words of the teaching, but on the spirit of the words.
Rely not on theory, but on experience.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
Kalama Sutra (ancient Buddhist text)

Condescending piety is the last refuge of the beaten.

"Have you heard that magic is an art acceptable to the immortal gods; a notable art since the age of Zoroaster and Oromazus, the inventors, and handmaiden to the heavenly beings?" --Apuleius

"I think there’s a little censorship going on. This is real serious. We’re catering all of our music, all of our films, all of our news- everything to fit a certain age bracket- hanging on one kid. I don’t quite get it. I mean, why don’t we take control of the airwaves again, as adults?" –Merle Haggard

"It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people."- Giordano Bruno [1548]

"How does one truly know that one is sleeping, when one is awake in their dreams?" -Sunfell

"Don't get your ego caught in the zipper of reality." - Sunfell

"Never outstubborn a cat." -Lazarus Long

"The quality of music is often inversely proportional to the volume at which it is played." -Sunfell

"Ask the next question." -Theodore Sturgeon

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." -Albert Einstein

"Move like a beam of light: Fly like lightning, strike like thunder, whirl in circles around a stable center." -Morihei Ueshiba

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." -Albert Einstein

"God does not choose sides, in spite of prayers and claims to the contrary". -Sunfell

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to
do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." –Susan B. Anthony

"Like the empty sky it has no boundaries,
Yet it is right in this place,
ever profound and clear.
When you seek to know it, you cannot see it.
You cannot take hold of it,
But you cannot lose it.
In not being able to get it, you get it.
When you are silent, it speaks;
When you speak, it is silent."
-- Cheng-tao Ke

"There is light within a person of light, and it shines on the whole world." -The Gospel of Thomas


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