We can rightly judge a society by how it treats its eccentrics and deviant geniuses—and by that measure, we have utterly failed.
The pessimist complains about the wind
The optimist expects it to change
The realist adjusts the sails
Religion poisons everything. As well as a menace to civilization, it has become a threat to human survival.
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
Bill Clinton (First inaugural address, Washington, D.C., January 20, 1993)
The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
Gods don’t kill people. People with Gods kill people.
Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
Thomas Jefferson (1789)
The finest orator of our time, fellow horseman, valiant fighter against all tyrants including God
Richard Dawkins on Christopher Hitchens
I have not failed, I’ve just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.