Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Some Quotes Just for Fun

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. -- John Locke

If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, "Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number?" No. "Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence?" No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion. --David Hume

I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light.--Isaac Newton

Love truth, and pardon error. --Voltaire

It is all very well to talk of getting rid of one's ignorance, of seeing things in their reality, seeing them in their beauty; but how is this to be done when there is something which thwarts and spoils all our efforts? This something is sin. --Thomas Carlyle

Society's institutions, like government, schools, the arts, and the media, corrupt naturally good individuals. --Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. --Thomas Paine

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. --Voltaire

Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another. --Marquis de Condorcet

The love of democracy is that of equality. --Charles de Montesquieu

A witty saying proves nothing. --Voltaire


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