"Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different." Nobel Prize winner Albert Szent
"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed." Washington
"A wise man learns from experience, a wiser man learns from the experience of others" Chineese proverb
"Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others." Winston Churchill
"It is not what he has, nor even what he does, which directly expresses the worth of a man, but what he is." Henri Frederic Amiel
"Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting." Elizabeth Bibesco
"Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile." Wilfred T. Grenfell
"The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist, the opportunity in every difficulty." L.P. Jacks
"The best cosmetic in the world is an active mind that is always finding something new." Mary Meek Atkeson
"The secret of success is consistency of purpose." Benjamin Disraeli
"Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a failure." Thomas A. Edison
"Man's actions are the picture book of his creeds." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form." Andre Maurois
"So long as enthusiasm lasts, so long is youth still with us." David Starr Jordan
"There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning, and yearning. Morley"
"The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream." Harry Kemp
"The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer." An Air Force Motto
"Be not simply good; be good for something." Henry David Thoreau
"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere." Agnes Repplier
"The only way on earth to multiply happiness is to divide it." Paul Scherer
"No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions." Charles P. Steinmetz
"You can not solve the problem with the same kind of thinking that has created the problem." Albert Einstein
"Isn't there a more complicated way we can make this thing easier?" Microsoft Motto
"Incessant repetition of myths does not make them true." Thomas Sowell
He who hesitates is lost, but he who proceeds without wisdom is a fool. --------------------------------
"My long-time view about Christianity is that it represents an amalgam of two seemingly immiscible parts--the religion of Jesus and the religion of Paul. Thomas Jefferson attempted to excise the Pauline parts of the New Testament. There wasn't much left when he was done, but it was an inspiring document." (Letter to Ken Schei [author of Christianity Betrayed]) Carl Sagan (Scientist; Author)
"Paul was the first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus." (All references not listed here, can be found in Christianity Betrayed) Thomas Jefferson
"Where possible Paul avoids quoting the teaching of Jesus, in fact even mentioning it. If we had to rely on Paul, we should not know that Jesus taught in parables, had delivered the sermon on the mount, and had taught His disciples the 'Our Father.' Even where they are specially relevant, Paul passes over the words of the Lord." Albert Schweitzer
"Paul created a theology of which none but the vaguest warrants can be found in the words of Christ." Wil Durant (Philospher)
"Fundamentalism is the triumph of Paul over Christ."
"Paul substituted faith in Christ for the Christlike life."
Walter Kaufmann (Professor of Philosophy, Princeton)
"No sooner had Jesus knocked over the dragon of superstition than
Paul boldly set it on its legs again in the name of Jesus."
George Bernard Shaw
"The new testament was less a Christiad than a Pauliad."
"As we have seen, the purposes of the book of Acts is to minimize
the conflict between Paul and the leaders of the Jerusalem Church,
James and Peter. Peter and Paul, in later Christian tradition,
became twin saints, brothers in faith, and the idea that they were
historically bitter opponents standing for irreconcilable religious
standpoints would have been repudiated with horror. The work of the
author of Acts was well done; he rescued Christianity from the
imputation of being the individual creation of Paul, and instead gave
it a respectable pedigree, as a doctrine with the authority of the
so-called Jerusalem Church, conceived as continuous in spirit with
the Pauline Gentile Church of Rome. Yet, for all his efforts, the
truth of the matter is not hard to recover, if we examine the New
Testament evidence with an eye to tell-tale inconsistencies and
confusions, rather than with the determination to gloss over and
harmonize all difficulties in the interests of an orthodox
(The Mythmaker, p. 139, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1986)
Hyam Maccoby (Talmudic Scholar)
Jeremy Bentham (English Philosopher)
"If Christianity needed an Anti-Christ, they needed look no farther
(Paraphrased. Looking for a copy of "Not Paul, but Jesus" in order
to retrieve the exact quote.)
Jeremy Bentham (English Philosopher)
"Paul hardly ever allows the real Jesus of Nazareth to get a word in."
(U.S. News and World Report, April 22, 1991, p. 55)
Carl Jung (Psychologist)
"Paul's words are not the Words of God. They are the words of Paul-
a vast difference."
(Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, p. 104,
Bishop John S. Spong (Episcopal Bishop of Newark)
"The politicians and the religious leaders and the weapons scientists
have been at it for a long time and they've made a thorough mess of
it. I mean, we're in deep trouble."
(Carl Sagan, A&E Biography interview) Harper San Francisco, 1991)
"The fact is that far more crime and child abuse has been committed
by zealots in the name of God, Jesus and Mohammed than has ever been
committed in the name of Satan. Many people don't like that statement,
but few can argue with it."
(Kenneth V. Lanning, Supervisory Special Agent at the Behavioral Science Institution and Research Unit of the FBI Academy, from The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan)
"I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some
thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But much as I
want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural
traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that
it is more than wishful thinking. The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves
with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence. Far better
it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look death in the eye and
to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity
that life provides.
( Carl Sagan, 1996 in his article "In the Valley of the Shadow" Parade Magazine)
"Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man."
(Thomas Jefferson, in "Toward the Mystery")
"Religion convinced the world that there's an invisible man in the
sky who watches everything you do. And there's 10 things he doesn't
want you to do or else you'll to to a burning place with a lake of
fire until the end of eternity. But he loves you! ...And he needs
money! He's all powerful, but he can't handle money!"
(George Carlin, on Politically Incorrect, May 29, 1997)
"It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understandthat bother
me, it is the parts that I do understand."
"What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific
inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not
desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the
likeness of the believer."
"I want nothing to do with religion concerned with keeping the masses
satisfied to live in hunger, filth and ignorance. I want nothing to
do with any order, religious or otherwise, which does not teach
people that they are capable of becoming happier and more civilized,
on this earth, capable of becoming true man, master of his fate and
captain of his soul. To attain this, I would put priests to work,
also, and turn the temples into schools."
"The blessed Religion revealed in the word of God will remain an
eternal and awful monument to prove that the best Institutions may
be abused by human depravity; and that they may even, in some
instances, be made subservient to the vilest of purposes."
"...I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than
myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of
spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution."
(George Washington, to United Baptists Churches of Virginia,
May, 1789 from "The Washington papers" edited by Saul Padover)
"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever
from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of
Europe in blood for centuries."
(James Madison, 1803)