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Here, have sum delicious Nietzsche quotes.

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

Once upon a time, in some out of the way corner of that universe which is dispersed into numberless twinkling solar systems, there was a star upon which clever beasts invented knowing.

The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.

The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.

I tell you: one must have chaos within oneself, to give birth to a dancing star.

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

It is true: we love life not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving.

But thus I counsel you, my friends: Mistrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful! They are people of a low sort and stock; the hangman and the bloodhound look out of their faces. Mistrust all who talk much of their justice! Verily, their souls lack more than honey. And when they call themselves the good and the just, do not forget that they would be Pharisees, if only they had power.

What is it: is man only a blunder of God, or God only a blunder of man?

What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

"Faith" means not wanting to know what is true.


I know my fate. One day my name will be associated with the memory of something tremendous — a crisis without equal on earth, the most profound collision of conscience, a decision that was conjured up against everything that had been believed, demanded, hallowed so far. I am no man, I am dynamite.

Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.

For out of fear and need each religion is born, creeping into existence on the byways of reason.

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.

In heaven all the interesting people are missing.

Without music, life would be a mistake.

We have art in order not to die of the truth.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Friedrich_Nietzsche

"The degree of introspection achieved by Nietzsche had never been achieved by anyone, nor is it ever likely to be achieved again." (Variant: Freud several times said of Nietzsche that he had a more penetrating knowledge of himself than any other man who ever lived or was likely to live.)
- Sigmund Freud on Neitzsche.
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Epicurus quotes. More for my own good than yours but enjoy anyways.




Wiki:
Epicurus (Greek Έπίκουρος) (341 BCE, Samos – 270 BCE, Athens) was an ancient Greek philosopher and the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism. For Epicurus, the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by aponia, the absence of pain and fear, and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends. He taught that pleasure and pain are the measures of what is good and bad, that death is the end of the body and the soul and should therefore not be feared, that the gods do not reward or punish humans, that the universe is infinite and eternal, and that events in the world are ultimately based on the motions and interactions of atoms moving in empty space.

Epicurus is famous for his simple four line philosophical argument against the existence of God or gods, The Problem of Evil:

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"

But many of his other quotes and philosophy on the meaning of life and answering questions about moral hedonism, pleasure, fear of divine retribution and death are more than notable.

Here are a few of his quotes that are right now kicking my ass in very real, practical ways. I am so glad I've come across these writings. Here are some I'm putting down here, more for my own reference than anything else.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not.

A happy and eternal being has no trouble himself and brings no trouble upon any other being; hence he is exempt from movements of anger and partiality, for every such movement implies weakness.

It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and honorably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely and honorably and justly without living pleasantly.

No pleasure is in itself evil, but the things which produce certain pleasures entail annoyances many times greater than the pleasures themselves.
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Ms. Jacoby said, something different is happening: anti-intellectualism (the attitude that “too much learning can be a dangerous thing”) and anti-rationalism (“the idea that there is no such things as evidence or fact, just opinion”) have fused in a particularly insidious way.

Not only are citizens ignorant about essential scientific, civic and cultural knowledge, she said, but they also don’t think it matters....


Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge?

Answer: Duh, you think?

I have never seen so much outright hatred of knowledge and reason, and it seems to be multiplying. I don't think the cause is merely infotainment, dumb entertainment, or fundamentalism, which have been around since before I was born... it's something else I can't put my finger on. It's not just from reading Fundies Say The Darndest Things, but from friends of mine in real life that have started thinking this way. It's not just apathy towards knowledge and reason, but outright contempt.

And it's terrifying.

Via this post.
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Uncyclopedia.org UnNews:Militant atheist decides her car keys never existed

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania -- Following a brief search Sunday morning, 27-year-old atheist Miranda Russo said she realized the "sheer illogic" of believing she owned keys to her 1999 Saturn.

"I planned to meet some friends on the South Side for lunch," said Russo, a social worker who lives in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. "This was based on a naive belief that I had a 'magic' device that could get a lump of metal, rubber and plastic to take me wherever I want to go."

However, Russo said a five-minute analysis of her apartment showed the self-evident fallacy of the idea.

"You can search for something all you want, and you can believe it's there, but it's not," Russo told reporters. "Smart people eventually conclude that there's no invisible daddy who'll take care of all your problems, or miraculously move you five miles in ten minutes."

"Car keys are concepts by which we measure our pain," she added.

Russo became an atheist while an undergraduate at Duquesne University and tells friends and colleagues to put logic and reason above imagination. Russo later called friend Laura Johnson, 28, to cancel the meal plans, and lectured her about "all the crimes committed in the name of car keys."

"She reminded me how many people had died in road accidents, and how much money big corporations made off the sale of autmobiles and 'so-called gas'," Johnson said. "I can see her point, but it's hard for me to give up my car. I guess it's kind of a habit."

In the last year, Russo has ceased to believe in McDonalds, the tuna in her supermarket and ex-boyfriend Charles Scott. Russo is unapologetic.

"Seeing is believing," she said. "Am I going to cede my own empirical judgment to some hierarchical old man with his head in the clouds, forcing me to trust his malignant and biased description of things I've never seen? I think you know the answer."

Across the street, militant Methodist Theodore Shabowski said he was "eagerly awaiting" Publishers' Clearinghouse to show up at his door.

"Jesus said 'Ask and ye shall receive,'" said Joshua Lee, a financial advisor. "I'm incredibly grateful that Jesus will make me a millionaire."