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"Faith, n. Belief without evidence, in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel."
   (Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary)

"Reason, therefore, here, as contradistinguished to faith, I take to be the discovery of such propositions or truths, which the mind arrives at by deduction made from such ideas, which it has got by the use of its natural faculties; viz. by sensation or reflection.

, on the other side, is the assent to any proposition, not thus made by the deductions of reason, but upon the credit of the proposer, as coming from God, in some extraordinary way of communication. This way of discovering truths to men, we call revelation.
   (John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding)

"Nothing that is contrary to, and inconsistent with, the clear and self-evident dictates of reason, has a right to be urged or assented to as a matter of faith, wherein reason hath nothing to do."

"Philosophy has no end in view save truth; faith looks for nothing but obedience and piety."
   (Benedict Spinoza, Ethics)

"A friend of mine heard the following (part) dialogue between two strong Scotch Calvinists:
    "Noo! hoo manny d'ye thank there are of the alact on
    the arth at this moment? - Eh! mabbee a doozen -
    Hoot! mon! nae so mony as thot!""


"Nothing is more difficult and requires more care than philosophical deduction, nor is there any thing more adverse to its accuracy than fixity of opinion. The man who is certain he is right is almost sure to be wrong; and he has the additional misfortune of inevitably remaining so. All our theories are fixed upon uncertain data, and all of them want alteration and support. Ever since the world began opinion has changed with the progress of things, and it is something more than absurd to suppose that we have a certain claim to perfection; or that we are in the possession of the acme of intellectuality which has, or can result from human thought. Why our successors should not displace us in our opinions, as well as in persons, it is difficult to say; it ever has been so, and from an analogy would be supposed to continue so. And yet with all the practical evidence of the fallibility of our opinions, all and none more than philosophers, are ready to assert the real truth of their opinions."
   (Michael Faraday, quoted in L. Pearce Williams)


"The lust of fame is the last that a wise man shakes off."

"Fame is the advantage of being known to people who we don't know, and who don't know us."


"The conditions which created Fascism there must not pass unnoticed here. Their first and most dangerous symptom is always the same everywhere: an abandonment of equal justice to all, the placing of some groups in a preferred class of citizenship at the expense of other groups."
   (Hugo L. Black)

"The first step in a fascist movement is the combination under an energetic leader of a number of men who possess more than the average share of leisure, brutality and stupidity. The next step is to fascinate fools and muzzle the intelligent, by emotional excitement on the one hand, and terrorism on the other."
    (Bertrand Russell, Freedom)


"It is harder to hide feelings we have than to feign those we lack."
    (La Rochefoucauld)


"A! fredome is a noble thing!
Fredome mayse man to haiff liking
Fredome al solace to man giffis
He levys at eas that frely levys."
   (Barbour, 14th C)

"Those who deny freedom for others deserve it not for themselves."

Free speech:

"Without free speech no search for truth is possible; without free speech no discovery of truth is useful; without free speech progress is checked and the nations no longer march forward towards the nobler life which the future holds for men. Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people and entombs the hope of the race."
    (Charles Bradlaugh)


 Original: Mar 26, 2005                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top