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1 The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell
2 Nós, ossos que aqui estamos, pelos vossos esperamos. (unknown)
3 Miracle is an euphemism for something we do not understand! Tomáš J. Fülöpp
4 Given for one instant an intelligence that could comprehend all the forces by which nature is animated ... an intelligence sufficiently vast to submit these data to analysis ... it would embrace in the same formula the movements of the greatest bodies in the universe and those of the lightest atom; for it, nothing would be uncertain and the future, as the past, would be present to its eyes. Pierre-Simon De Laplace 1814
5 He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches. George Bernard Shaw
6 In Spanish there is a word for which I can't find a counterword in English. It is the verb vacilar, present participle vacilando. It does not mean vacillating at all. If one is vacilando, he is going somewhere, but does not greatly care whether or not he gets there, although he has direction. Everything in the world must have a design or the human mind rejects it. But in addition, it must have purpose or the human conscience shies away from it. John Steinbeck
7 There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity. It is this which drives us to try and discover the secrets of nature, those secrets which are beyond our understanding, which can avail us nothing and which man should not wish to learn. Saint Augustine
8 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
9 An optimist believes that we are living in the best of all possible worlds and a pessimist is afraid that it is true. Voltaire
10 The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses. Francis Bacon
11 We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. Richard Dawkins 2006
12 A good runner leaves no track. Lao Tzu
13 Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not. Epicurus
14 I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs. Thomas Jefferson
15 Nikdy nie je nič stratené, pokiaľ človek žije. Erich Maria Remarque
16 The two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
17 God seems to be just another unconfirmed extraterrestrial being. Tomáš J. Fülöpp 2010-02-14
18 A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets. Arthur C. Clarke
19 Transparency is a foolish ideal. Life becomes intolerable without a capacity for secrets. Alain De Botton 2010-12-22
20 Sometimes, ya gotta break some rules, to put things straight. The Cider House Rules (movie)

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