“In Tokyo and other cities, they are passive and they never think about real things in the world such as war. But here, it’s in front of our eyes. Everybody has relatives who suffered from the atomic bombing. So we really think about how to change the world.
“We have to blame ourselves also, and take responsibility, which Japanese don’t like to do. We are always asking other countries to apologize to us. But we should apologize also. If we really want to make world peace, we have to have more events here, instead of just one day a year. We need to bring the whole world here to see how terrible war is.” -Kaori Sasaki, Japanese nurse and resident of Hiroshima, on the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima
"Take Back America? The nerve and gall. Who are they taking America back from, and who are they giving it to?"
- The Reverend Al Sharpton, speaking on Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin's recent "Take Back America" rally
"...Some patients are recruited into survivor groups in which peer pressure is brought to bear, and they are asked to demonstrate politically correct solidarity by establishing themselves as members of a survivor subculture."
- Dr. Richard Ofshe, on the subject of hypnotherapy
"A proclivity for science is embedded deeply within us, in all times, places, and cultures. It has been the means for our survival. It is our birthright. When, through indifference, inattention, incompetence, or fear of skepticism, we discourage children from science, we are disenfranchising them, taking from them the tools needed to manage the future."
- Carl Sagan
"Consider aphorisms: Haste makes waste. Yes, but a stitch in time saves nine. Better safe than sorry; but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Where there's smoke, there's fire; but you can't tell a book by its cover. A penny saved is a penny earned; but you can't take it with you. He who hesitates is lost; but fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Two heads are better than one; but too many cooks spoil the broth."
- Carl Sagan, on the inherent contradictions of folk belief and religion
"Those who invalidate reason ought seriously to consider whether they argue against reason with or without reason; if with reason, then they establish the principle that they are laboring to dethrone: but if they argue without reason (which, in order to be consistent with themselves they must do), they are out of reach of rational conviction, nor do they deserve a rational argument."
- Ethan Allen
"Far indeed are we from allowing grown men to listen to such tales. Even to our own children, when they are crying their heart out, as the saying goes, we are not in the habit of telling fabulous stories to soothe them."
- Clement of Alexandria, Exhortations to the Greeks, AD 190
"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or of acts of exemplary selfless courage ... The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both."
- Carl Sagan
Spike: Oh, someone put a stake in me!
Xander: You gotta lot of volunteers in here.
Spike: I just can't take all this namby-pamby boo-hooing about the bloody Indians.
Willow: Uh, the preferred term is-
Spike: You won. All right? You came in and you killed them and you took their land. That's what conquering nations do. That's what Caesar did, and he's not going around saying, "I came, I conquered, I felt really bad about it." The history of the world is not people making friends. You had better weapons, and you massacred them. End of story.
Buffy: Well, I think the Spaniards actually did a lot of-- Not that I don't like Spaniards.
Spike: Listen to you. How you gonna fight anyone with that attitude?
Willow: We don't wanna fight anyone.
Buffy: I just wanna have Thanksgiving.
Spike: Heh. Yeah...Good luck.
Willow: If we could talk to him--
Spike: You exterminated his race. What could you possibly say that would make him feel better? It's kill or be killed here. Take your bloody pick.
Xander: Maybe it's the syphilis talking, but... some of that made sense.
Giles: I made a lot of these points earlier, but fine, no one listens to me.
"There's a reason it's called 'girls gone wild' and not 'women gone wild'. When girls go wild, they show their t!ts. When women go wild, they kill men and drown their kids in a tub."
-- Comedian, Louis C.K.
"[One] other idea brought up by republicans is to open up health insurance across state lines, so that health insurance carriers can compete nationally. It is argued that this would greatly benefit states where only a few companies exist, and that this would create competition, which would benefit the consumer. This would also allow companies to buy out and merge with others, potentially leading to huge monopolizations. This approach is also opposed by democrats, it seems for no other reason than because it's supported by republicans."
- Anonymous blogger "Ex-Leper"
"You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue."
- William Blake
Cause I mean even with this stuff we preach about 'the Sanctity of Life,' we don't practice it. Look at what we kill: misquitos and flies, because they're pests. Lions and Tigers, cause it's fun! Chickens and pigs, cause we're hungry. Pheasents and quail, cause it's fun… and we're hungry. And people, we kill people, cause they're pests… and it's fun!
And you might've noticed something else. The Sanctity of Life doesn't seem to apply to cancer cells, does it. You rarely see a bumper sticker that says 'Save the Tumors' or 'I Brake For Advanced Melanoma.'
Nah, viruses, mold, mildew, maggots, fungus, weeds, e-coli, bacteria, the crabs. Nothing's sacred about those things. So at best, the Sanctity of Life is kind of selective thing. We get to choose which forms of life we feel are sacred and we get to kill the rest. Pretty neat deal, huh? Know how we got it? We made the whole f*in' thing up!