"Destructive behavior is so easy. It's the arena of the idiot."
"People who are out to hurt you, or scare you, need you badly. For without you, there's nothing for them to unleash their cruelty and ignorance on."
"Life, to me, is like a beautifully scripted and choreographed Broadway musical.
The only problem is that three quarters of the cast have forgotten their lines and
dance steps. It's incredibly demeaning and frustrating."
"It appears to me that they who in proof of
any assertion rely simply on the weight of authority, without adducing any argument in support of it, act very absurdly. I, on the contrary, wish to be allowed freely to question and freely to answer you without any sort of adulation, as well becomes those who are in search of truth."
Professional Lute Player
Father of Galileo Galilei
"17But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the Queen of Heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
18But since we left off to burn incense to the Queen of Heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
Jeremiah 44 (King James Version)
"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love."
"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conductive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."