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The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

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It is the test of a good religion whether you can make a joke about it.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

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The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. And one of the games to which it is most attached is called, ''Keep tomorrow dark,'' and which is also named (by the rustics in Shropshire, I have no doubt) ''Cheat the Prophet.'' The players listen very carefully and respectfully to all that the clever men have to say about what is to happen in the next generation. The players then wait until all the clever men are dead, and bury them nicely. Then they go and do something else. That is all. For a race of simple tastes, however, it is great fun.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

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If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.

Paul Ehrlich Quotes

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Humiliating to human pride as it may be, we must recognize that the advance and even the preservation of civilization are dependent upon a maximum of opportunity for accidents to happen.

F.a. Hayek Quotes

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It is only because the majority opinion will always be opposed by some that our knowledge and understanding progress. In the process by which opinion is formed, it is very probable that, by the time any view becomes a majority view, it is no longer the best view: somebody will already have advanced beyond the point which the majority have reached. It is because we do not yet which of the many competing new opinions will prove itself the best that we wait until it has gained sufficient support.

F.a. Hayek Quotes

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...it is always from a minority acting in ways different from what the majority would prescribe that the majority in the end learns to do better.

F.a. Hayek Quotes

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A fact never went into partnership with a miracle. Truth scorns the assistance of wonders. A fact will fit every other fact in the universe, and that is how you can tell whether it is or is not a fact. A lie will not fit anything except another lie.

Robert G. Ingersoll Quotes

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If the triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.

De Montesquieu Quotes

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There are few things more dishonorable than misleading the young.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Credulity is belief in slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence.

Tryon Edwards Quotes

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The rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate, God made them, high or lowly, and ordered their estate.

Cecil F. Alexander Quotes

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It is useless for sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while wolves remain of a different opinion.

William Ralph Inge Quotes

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The test of civilization is the estimate of woman. Among savages she is a slave. In the dark ages of Christianity she is a toy and a sentimental goddess. With increasing moral light, and greater liberty, and more universal justice, she begins to develop as an equal human being.

George William Curtis Quotes

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There may be said to be two classes of people in the world: those who constantly divide the people of the world into two classes, and those who do not.

Robert Charles Benchley Quotes

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Controversy is only dreaded by the advocates of error.

Benjamin Rush Quotes

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It is appropriate here to recall that the so-called Dark Ages began with the flight of the individuals into the protection of lords or chapters and came to an end when the individual again found it to his advantage to set forth on his own. We live at a time when everything conspires to push the individual into the fold.

Bertrand De Jouvenal Quotes

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...everything is too important ever to be entrusted to professional experts, because every organization of such professionals and every established social organization becomes a vested-interest institution more concerned with its efforts to maintain itself or advance its own interests than to achieve the purpose that society expects it to achieve.

Carroll Quigley Quotes

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The theory of evolution must be considered as a scientific theory, as theory, that is, proposed to explain or systemize a set of facts, and that no one has any claim to be considered as a serious rival to Darwin in the "discovery" of this theory who did not conduct his evolutionary studies upon a reasonably wide basis of facts. To have ideas, apercus, is not enough, and it is the overevalutation of such clever but uncontrolled guesses which is apt to produce the ludicrous fallacy of combination, in which fragments of the final theory are collected from widely scattered sources and are combined in such a way as to impugn the originality of him who was the first to see how such a synthesis was possible.

P.r. Bell Quotes

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You cannot criticize the New Testament. It criticizes you.

John Jay Chapman Quotes

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You can only cure retail but you can prevent wholesale.

Brock Chisolm Quotes

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The Darwinian theory is in principle capable of explaining life. No other theory that has ever been suggested is in principle capable of explaining life.

Richard Dawkins Quotes

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The only meaning of life worth caring about is one that can withstand our best efforts to examine it.

Daniel C. Dennett Quotes

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Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

Philip K. Dick Quotes

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The tapestry of history has no point at which you can cut it and leave the design intelligible.

George Dix Quotes

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