“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.“ - Revelation 13:16-18
God is dead, and we have killed him. -Friedrich Nietzsche
"Buddah is the last man! Budda is the pure soul which has emptied itself; in him is the void, he is the void. Empty your body, empty your spirit, empty your heart he cries." - Nikos Kazantzakis.
"Now I know I'm not normally a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me, Superman!" - Homer Simpson
"The splendor of human life, I feel sure, is greater for those not dazzled by the divine radiance." - Betrand Russel
"Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe." - John 20:24
Once there was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time is called the Dark Ages. - Richard Lederer
I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct for revenge for which no expedient is sufficiently poisonous, secret, subterranean, petty - I call it the one mortal blemish of mankind. - Friedrich Nietzsche
To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin. - Cardinal Bellarmine (1615, during the trial of Galileo)
I'll be in a place where everyone reads the bible all the time."
"Does it sound like Heaven to you?" - Neal Stephenson
Even God cannot change the past. - Agathon, (446-401 BC)
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. - Napoleon
Our hearts oft times wakes when we sleep, and God can speak to that, either by words, by proverbs, by signs, and similitudes, as well as if one were awake. - John Bunyan. The pilgrim's Progress.
Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who teaches my hands to wage war, and my fingers to do battle - Psalms 144:1
For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. All go to one place, all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again. - Ecclesiastes 3:19-20
"In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
The true benefit of religeon is not to make people virtuous, which is impossible, but to put a sort of a bridle on the worst excesses of their visciousness. - Eliza, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson
Human Being: Bag of mostly water - Douglas Adams, HHGTTG
I think I'll believe in gosh. If you don't believe in gosh too you'll be darned to heck.
One man's theology is another man's belly laugh. - Robert Heinlein
Nothing is more Dangerous than an idea, when you have only one idea - Emile Chartier
England has 42 religions and only 2 sauces - Voltaire
"Now is not
the time to make new enemies."
- Voltaire, on his deathbed, after being told to renounce the devil
Religions are many and diverse, but reason and goodness are one. - The Roycroft Dictionary and Book of Epigrams, 1923 - Elbert Hubbard
"...in the beginning, man created god"
Science and religion are not so different in the end, except that in science, the ultimate sin is believing too strongly. - Marvin Minsky
“We make an idol of our fear and call it God.“ - The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman
Christianity is all external, all material. Gold. War. Murder. The big churches operate, morally and economically, just like the big corporations. Yet they don't pay taxes. Let them pay their fair share, those furking religions. – George Carlin
."(and do you know what boss? I think the devil and God are the same)..." - Nikos Kazantzakis.
I could believe only in a god that would know how to dance. - Friedrich Nietzche
And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden;" but God said, "You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'" But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. - Genesis 3:2-6
The Crystal of Essence
The Center of the Cyclone
I am not my opinion of myself, I am not anything I can describe to me. I am only part of a large system that cannot describe itself fully; therefore I relax in the point source of conciousness, of delight, of mobility, in the inner spaces. My tasks do not include describing me nor having an opininon about the system in which I live, biological, social or dyadic.
I am much more than I can conceive or judge me to be. Any negative or positive opinions I have of me are false fronts, headlines, limited and unnecessary programmes written on a thin paper blowing about and floating around the vastness of inner spaces. Negative system stimulation constricts me through aversion; positive system stimulation constricts me thorugh attachment.
I am a thin layer of all those beings on [Baraka], mingling, connected with one another in a spherical surface around the whole known universe. Our 'backs' are to the void. We are creating energy, matter and life at the interface between the void and all known creation. We are facing into the known universe, creating it, filling it:
John C. Lilly