Burn This Book

Selected Quotes from: "Burn This Book"

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He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
~ Thomas Jefferson

I had a lover's quarrel with the world.
~ Robert Frost

Written laws are like spider's webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.
~ Anacharsis

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
~ Pablo Picasso

You simply cannot hang a millionaire in America.
~ Bourke Cockran

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
~ Joseph Campbell

When the president does it that means it is not illegal.
~ Richard Nixon

War is hell and all that, but it has a good deal to recommend it. It wipes out all the small nuisances of peacetime.
~ Ian Hay

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
~ Bertrand Russell

All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those toward whom it is directed will understand it ... Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.
~ Adolf Hitler

If there was a god, he wouldn't let a guy walk right up and shoot you in the face now would he? That's right, now you get the picture. Truth burns doesn't it?
~ Henry Rollins

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
~ Abraham Lincoln

If you believe in the existence of fairies at the bottom of the garden you are deemed fit for the bin. If you believe in parthenogenesis, ascension, transubstantiation and all the rest of it, you are deemed fit to govern the country.
~ Jonathan Meades

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!
~ Dr. Strangelove

I know of no crime that has not been defended by the church, in one form or other. The church is not a pioneer; it accepts a new truth, last of all, and only when denial has become useless.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll

In general the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.
~ Voltaire

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors.
~ William R. Inge

Cast aside those who liken godliness to whimsy and who try to combine their greed for wealth with their desire for a happy afterlife.
~ Kahlil Gibran

If we do not like the world the way it is, then it is because we are not okay the way we are.
~ deeshan

Your every decision conspires to make this moment happen.
~ Christi Philpott

Yes, my friends, I too am prepared to die for a cause, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
~Mohandas Gandhi

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
~Vernon Saunders Law

It is your business, when the wall next door catches fire.
~ Horace

Once you have seen certain things, you can't un-see them, and seeing nothing is as political an act as seeing something.
~ Arundhati Roy

Translate ‘Allah’.
~ Bumper Sticker

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
~ Aleister Crowley

They said I was the greatest pitcher they ever saw; I couldn’t understand why they couldn’t give me no justice.
~ Satchel Paige

A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
~ George Orwell

Think my friends! You adulate a stone as Vishnu but you cannot see God in a fellow man.
~ Sankaracharya

The total absence of humor in the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.
~ Alfred North Whitehead

All I know is that I am not a Marxist.
~ Karl Marx

There is enough for man's need but not for man's greed.
~Mohandas Gandhi

Before you speak, ask yourself is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?
~ Shirdi Sai Bab

Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.
~ Alfred North Whitehead

The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell.
~Saint Augustine

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
~ Mohandas Gandhi

Truth is for the minority.
~ Baltasar Gracián

The color of the skin makes no difference. What is good and just for one is good and just for the other. And the Great Spirit made all men brothers.
~ White Shield, Arikara

The reasonable man adjusts himself to the world, the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself; therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
~ George Bernard Shaw

I did not know how to say goodbye. It was harder still, when I refused to say it.
~ Native American saying

Never was anything great achieved without danger.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli

Those who see and feel beyond illusion have acquired a far greater gift than could ever be derived from studying scripture and philosophy books, for these were meant only to guide the blind.
~ Shawn Mikula

If you understand everything, you must be misinformed.
~ Japanese Proverb

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
~ Robert Heinlein

This monkey mythology of Darwin is the cause of permissiveness, promiscuity, prophylactics, perversions, pregnancies, abortions, porno-therapy, pollution, poisoning and proliferation of crimes of all types.
~ Judge Braswell Dean

There was a time when I believed in the story and the scheme of salvation, so far as I could understand it, just as I believed there was a Devil. Suddenly the light broke through to me and I saw a silly story, and each generation nowadays swallows it with greater difficulty. Why do people go on pretending about this Christianity?
~ H. G. Wells

The state has not the right to leave every man free to profess and embrace whatever religion he may desire.
~ Pope Pius IX

Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.
~ H. L. Mencken

It's not what you don't know that hurts you. It's what you know that just isn't so.
~ Satchel Paige

We've got to pause and ask ourselves, how much clean air do we need?
~ Lee Iacocca

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
~ Albert Einstein

The difference between our decadence and the Russians' is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.
~ James Thurber

I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
~ Franz Kafka

Don't join the book burners.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

To date, despite the efforts of millions of true believers to support this myth, there is no more evidence for the Judeo-Christian god than any of the gods on Mount Olympus.
~ Joseph Daleiden

You find as you look around the world that every single bit of progress in humane feeling, every improvement in the criminal law, every step toward the diminution of war, every step toward better treatment of the colored races, or every mitigation of slavery, every moral progress that there has been in the world, has been consistently opposed by the organized churches of the world. I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
~ Bertrand Russell

Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
~ Tao Te Ching

if you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting what you've always gotten.
~ Jim Rohn

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
~ Albert Einstein

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
~ Albert Einstein

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.
~ Kurt Vonnegut

Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If, as they say, God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?
~ Epicurus

Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
~ Thomas Huxley

It is a government of the people by the people for the people no longer; it is a government of corporations by corporations for corporations.
~ Rutherford B. Hayes

In all affairs, it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
~ Bertrand Russell

Religion is not merely the opium of the masses; it's the cyanide.
~ Tom Robbins

Nothing overshadows truth so much as authority.
~ Leon Battista Alberti

In Christianity, neither morality nor religion comes into contact with reality at any point.
~ Nietzsche

A language is a dialect with an army and a navy.
~ Max Weinreich

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
~ Voltaire

Beware of the man whose god is in the skies.
~ George Bernard Shaw

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.
~ Samuel Johnson

Turn over the pages of history and read the damning record of the church's opposition to every advance in every field of science.
~ Upton Sinclair

Don't try to teach a pig to sing, it can't be done and it only ticks off the pig.
~ Robert Heinlein

Form no covetous desire, so that the demon of greediness may not deceive thee, and the treasure of the world may not be tasteless to thee.
~ Zoroaster

The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
~ Lao Tsu

People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous.
~ Confucius

One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.
~ Josef Stalin

Prohibition goes beyond reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite through legislation. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles this country was founded upon.
~ Abraham Lincoln

When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered.
~ Dorothy Thompson

Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
~ Albert Einstein

We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs.
~ Francois Fenelon

News is what someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising.
~ Ex-NBC news president Rubin Frank

When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.
~ Elayne Boosler

To use the term blind faith, is to use an adjective needlessly.
~ Julian Ruck

The establishment of Christianity arrested the normal development of the physical sciences for over fifteen hundred years.
~ Andrew Dickson White

It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong; the mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can be overcome by physical means.
~ Lydia Maria Child

Nothing except a battle lost can be half as melancholy as a battle won.
~ Duke of Wellington

All warfare is based on deception.
~ Sun tzu

Nothing brings people together more, than mutual hatred.
~ Henry Rollins

Just as a picture is drawn by an artist, surroundings are created by the activities of the mind.
~ Buddha

The best way to make children good is to make them happy.
~ Oscar Wilde

The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them.
~ Albert Einstein

All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
~ Havelock Ellis

Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.
~ Marion Barry, former mayor Washington D.C.

When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, ‘Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?’
~ Quentin Crisp

Whatever the natural cause, sin is the true cause of all earthquakes.
~ John Wesley

Anyone who has two shirts when someone has none is not a Christian.
~ Lenny Bruce

Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.
~ Kahlil Gibran

You exist only in what you do.
~ Federico Fellini

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
~ Theodore Isaac Rubin

You can't say civilizations don't advance, because they kill you in a new way in each war.
~ Will Rogers

In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.
~ Albert Einstein

The church tries to save sinners, but science seeks to stop their manufacture.
~ Elbert Hubbard

I can't embrace a male god who has persecuted female sexuality throughout the ages; and that persecution still goes on today, all over the world.
~ Amanda Donohoe

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Pontius Pilate was the first great censor, and Jesus Christ the first great victim of censorship.
~ Ben Lindsay

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
~ Buddha

I thought dying for your country was the worst thing that could happen to you. I think killing for your country can be a lot worse; because that's the memory that haunts.
~ Bob Kerry told to The New York Times

It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
~ Voltaire

Contraction of theological influence has at once been the best measure, and the essential condition of intellectual advance.
~ William H. Lecky

Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?
~ Arthur C. Clarke

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Oh Mortal Man, is there nothing you cannot be made to believe?
~ Adam Weishaupt, Co-founder New World Order

There are three truths: my truth, your truth, and the truth.
~ Chinese proverb

People only see what they are prepared to see.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lying is done with words and also with silence.
~ Adrienne Rich

If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll

The man who accumulates, whether money or knowledge, can never be free.
~ J. Krishnamurthi

There is a tragic clash between truth and the world. Pure undistorted truth burns up the world.
~ Nikolay Berdyayev

Just drive down that road, until you get blown up.
~ General George Patton, reconnaissance troops

If I could find a way to get [Saddam Hussein] out of there, even putting a contract out on him, … ahh … if the CIA still did that sort of thing, . . . ahh . . . assuming it ever did . . . . . . . I would be for it.
~ Richard Nixon

I never advocated war except as a means of peace.
~ Ulysses S. Grant

If you pray for rain long enough, it eventually does fall. If you pray for floodwaters to abate, they eventually do. The same happens in the absence of prayers.
~ Steve Allen

Spiritual maturity is a lifelong process of replacing lies with truth.
~ Kurt Bruner

I was under medication when I made the decision to burn the tapes.
~ Richard Nixon

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given, freedom is something people take.
~ James Baldwin

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
~ Oscar Wilde

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
~ Albert Einstein

Acceptance without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western religion, rejection without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western science.
~ Gary Zukav

How can you make a revolution without executions?
~ Lenin on hearing that the death penalty had been abolished by the Soviet

True and false are attributes of speech, not of things. And where speech is not, there is neither truth nor falsehood.
~ Thomas Hobbes

Do you love your Creator? Love your fellow beings first.
~ Prophet Muhammad

Laws are silent in time of war.
~ Cicero

I shall be an autocrat: that's my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that's his.
~ Empress Catherine the Great

Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains.
~ Rousseau

Never go to sleep when your meat is on the fire.
~ Pueblo

A treatise upon human nature: It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger.
~ David Hume

You can't step twice into the same river.
~ Heraclitus

You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and liberty.
~ Henrik Ibsen

Necessity never made a good bargain.
~ Ben Franklin

You shall find out how salt is the taste of another man's bread, and how hard is the way up and down another man's stairs.
~ Dante

You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
~ George Bernard Shaw

This is very true; for my words are my own, and my actions are my ministers.
~ Charles II

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
~ Mao Tse Tung

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