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Favorite Quotes

The following quotes have helped shape who I am and I find it extremely important to review them daily. Certain quotes I'll explain...others I wont :)

Enjoy the collection....they'll grow with time.

"Ninety percent of uneducated American are religious. The amount of educated religious people: 60%. These are people with Graduate Degrees.  How many scientists in America are religious? About 40%. A graduate degree in any subject, gets you half-way there. Science is an increment from the overall educated people. Now you go to the Elite Scientist, 7% are religious. Here's my concern, when you're educated and you understand how physics works, and you're mathematically literate, and you understand data, and you understand experiment, and you go up to someone who doesn't have that training, and they're religious, and you ask them why are you religious believing in invisible things that influence your life? What's wrong with you? That's unfair! It's not really unfair, it's disrespectful for the following reason: until that number is 0 (referring to the 7%), you've got nothing to say to the general public...figure that one out first...maybe there's something in the brain wiring that positively prevents some people from ever being an atheist."
-- Neil deGrasse Tyson
-- Here to remind me that it's pointless to get into religious discussions with the general public.

"The gods that we've made are exactly the gods you'd expect to be made by a species that's about half a chromosome away from being chimpanzee."
-- Christopher Hitchens

"What worries me about religion is that it teaches people to be satisfied with not understanding the world they live in."
-- Richard Dawkins

"It is often said, mainly by the 'no-contests', that although there is no positive evidence for the existence of God, nor is there evidence against his existence. So it is best to keep an open mind and be agnostic. At first sight that seems an unassailable position, at least in the weak sense of Pascal's wager. But on second thoughts it seems a cop-out, because the same could be said of Father Christmas and tooth fairies. There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?"
-- Richard Dawkins

"Within one linear centimeter of your lower colon there lives and works more bacteria (about 100 billion) than all humans who have ever been born. Yet many people continue to assert that it is we who are in charge of the world."
-- Neil deGrasse Tyson

"People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah's ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the need to separate church and state; it's about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers."
-- Neil deGrasse Tyson
-- One of my favorite quotes, especially because Neil doesn't normally take the time to entertain a response to such erroneous hooblah.

"The bible teaches us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go."
-- Galileo Galilei

"Does it mean, if you don’t understand something, and the community of physicists don’t understand it, that means God did it? Is that how you want to play this game? Because if it is, here’s a list of things in the past that the physicists at the time didn’t understand and now we do understand. If that’s how you want to invoke your evidence for God, then God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that’s getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time moves on - so just be ready for that to happen, if that’s how you want to come at the problem."
-- Neil deGrasse Tyson
-- God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance...wow, just a perfect response.

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."
-- Mark Twain

"Luck is created, and it starts and stops with commitment, not interest."
-- Unknown to me

"Not only is a man not obliged to be grateful, gratitude is often a terrible burden that he gladly discards."
-- Robert Greene

"Commit to being successful or get ready to be passed by those who are."
-- Unknown to me

"When you want to seduce a woman, court her sister first."
-- Robert Greene

"One should never be too straightforward. Go and see the forest. The straight trees are cut down, the crooked ones are left standing."
-- Robert Greene

"I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road."
-- Stephen Hawking

"God may exist, but science can explain the universe without a need for a creator."
-- Stephen Hawking

"To have a good enemy, choose a friend: He knows where to strike. "
-- Diane De Poitiers

"A person who cannot control his words shows that he cannot control himself, and is unworthy of respect."
-- Robert Greene

"Recognize the fortunate so that you may choose their company, and the unfortunate so that you may avoid them."
-- Robert Greene

"To know the road ahead, ask those coming back."
-- Chinese Proverb

"VoilĂ ! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the 'vox-populi', now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V."
-- V for Vendetta
-- I can honestly say that this statement started my vigilant approach to reading.

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