Sometimes, a pithy quote can summarise an important idea or concept in a way that hits the nail right on the head. The following quotes are not mere soundbites; they are good thinking that makes what are sometimes complicated ideas easily accessible. The list will grow as time goes on.
Clairvoyant, n. A person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron – namely that he is a blockhead. – Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1911)
“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” – Bertrand Russell.
Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
– Isaac Asimov (attributed: source unknown)
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible. – Bertrand Russell.
Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast. – Isaac Asimov
If some good evidence for life after death were announced, I’d be eager to examine it; but it would have to be real scientific data, not mere anecdote…. Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy. – Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World.