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2think.org Quotes

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Excellent Quotes from various sources--mostly freethoughthttp://2think.org/quotes.html1 of 912/26/06 5:33 PM
Thinking Quotes
Additional quotes can be found off of theRichard Dawkins'list of quotes and excerpts
Alphabetical index
"Men have never fully used [their] powers to advance the good in life, because theyhave waited upon some power external to themselves and to nature to do the workthey are responsible for doing.""The routine of custom tends to deaden even scientific inquiry; it stands in the way of 
discovery
and of the
active
scientific worker. For discovery and inquiry aresynonymous as an occupation. Science is a
 pursuit 
, not a coming into possession of theimmutable; new theories as points of view are more prized than discoveries thatquantitatively increase the store on hand."
(from
 Reconstruction in Philosophy
, p. xvii)"Reason is experimental intelligence, conceived after the pattern of science, and usedin the creation of social arts; it has something to do. It liberates man from the bondageof the past, due to ignorance and accident hardened into custom. It projects a betterfuture and assists man in its realization. And its operation is always subject to test inexperience... The principles which man projects as guides... are not dogmas. They arehypotheses to be worked out in practice, and to be rejected, corrected and expanded asthey fail or succeed in giving our present experience the guidance it requires. We maycall them programmes of action, but since they are to be used in making our futureacts less blind, more directed, they are flexible. Intelligence is not something possessedonce for all. It is in constant process of forming, and its retention requires constantalertness in observing consequences, an open-minded will to learn and courage inre-adjustment."
(
ibid.
, p. 96)
"Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire."
(
ibid.
, p. 104)
"In the degree in which life is uneasy and troubled, fancy is stirred to frame picturesof a contrary state of things. By reading the characteristic features of any man's castlesin the air you can make a shrewd guess as to his underlying desires which arefrustrated."
(
ibid.
, p. 104)
"It is not truly realistic or scientific to take short views, to sacrifice the future toimmediate pressure, to ignore facts and forces that are disagreeable and to magnify theenduring quality of whatever falls in with immediate desire. It is false that the evils of the situation arise from absence of ideals; they spring from wrong ideals."
(
ibid.
, p. 130)
"Intelligent thinking means an increment of freedom in action--an emancipation fromchance and fatality. 'Thought' represents the suggestion of a way of response that isdifferent from that which would have been followed if intelligent observation had noteffected an inference as to the future."
(
ibid.
, p. 144)
 
Excellent Quotes from various sources--mostly freethoughthttp://2think.org/quotes.html2 of 912/26/06 5:33 PM
--John Dewey"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy,education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man wouldindeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishmentand hope of reward after death.""[My] deep religiosity... found an abrupt ending at the age of twelve,through the reading of popular scientific books."
(as quoted in
 Einstein, History, and Other Passions
, p. 172)
"It is quite clear to me that the religious paradise of youth, which [I] lost, was a firstattempt to free myself from the chains of the 'merely personal,' from an existencewhich is dominated by wishes, hopes, and primitive feelings."
(as quoted in
 Einstein, History,and Other Passions
, p. 172)
"A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'Universe'; a part limited in timeand space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separatedfrom the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kindof prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few personsnearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circleof compasion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.Nobody is able to achieve this completely but striving for such achievement is, initself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."
(as quoted in
Quantum Reality, Beyond the New Physics
, p. 250)
--Albert Einstein"To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remainspremature today."--Isaac Asimov"I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven andhell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God."--Thomas Edison"Accustomed to trace the operation of general causes, and the exemplification of general laws, in circumstances where the uninformed and unenquiring eye perceivesneither novelty nor beauty, [the scientist and natural philosopher] walks in the midstof wonders."--John Herschel 
(as quoted on page 124 of 
 Emerson: The Mind on Fire
)
"In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every casegotten at second-hand, and without examination.""[The Bible] has noble poetry in it... and some good morals and awealth of obscenity,
 
Excellent Quotes from various sources--mostly freethoughthttp://2think.org/quotes.html3 of 912/26/06 5:33 PM
and upwards of a thousandlies.""I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know.""A man is accepted into church for what he believes--and turned out for what heknows.""I have seen several entirely sincere people who thought they were (permanent)Seekers after Truth. They sought diligently, persistently, carefully, cautiously,profoundly, with perfect honesty and nicely adjusted judgment--until they believedthat without doubt or question they had found the Truth. That was the end of thesearch. The man spent the rest of his life hunting up shingles wherewith toprotect hisTruth from the weather. If he was seeking after political Truth he found it in one oranother of the hundred political gospels which govern men in the earth; if he wasseeking after the Only True Religion he found it in one or another of the threethousand that are on the market. In any case, when he found the Truth he sought nofurther; but from that day forth, with his soldering-iron in one hand and his bludgeonin the other he tinkered its leaks and reasoned with objectors."
(from
What is Man?
)
--Mark Twain"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change theworld. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead"Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense."--Chapman Cohen"Part of the power of Emerson's individualism is his insistence, at crucialmoments, that individualism does not mean isolation or self-sufficiency.This is not a paradox, for it is only the strong individual who can franklyconcede the sometimes surprising extent of his own dependence."
(
 Emerson:The Mind on Fire
p. 88)
"Just as science is more immediate and exciting than the history of science, so is insight more compelling than a history of insight."
(p. 227)
"[Emerson] was interested not in the bookworm, not even in the thinker, only in ManThinking."
(p. 264)
"If death is the end of everything, then living is everything."
(p. 375)
--Robert D. Richardson"Teaching and imparting of knowledge make sense in an unchanging environment...But if there is one truth about modern man it is that he lives in an environment that is

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