Fear and Rage - Quotes
Q: Do you think there's a God, some kind of supreme being or force in our universe?
A: I don't know. I don't believe in any religion. I think religions are among the greatest curses that ever afflicted mankind - look at all the wars and miseries they've caused. Perhaps the universe was here forever. Perhaps one day we may know the answer.
BBC World Service
Q: But when you look at the design and the order in the universe, do you think it's logical to suppose that there's somekind of rational force behind it all?
A: Yes, the old argument for design has been around for a long time. The people who try to claim there must be a designer behind the universe only point at the good things that this designer has done. Our world is full of utterly horrible, atrocious things.
BBC World Service
Q: But when you look at the univers - its scale and its beauty - are you not filled with a profound sense of awe?
A: It's wonderful and incomprehensible. It's beyond imagination, how huge and complex it is.
BBC World Service
Do you think in many ways, sir, you're the victim of circumstance now?
What the church has to offer: a teaching in the belief of Christ under a "no-questions-asked" policy, the ability to be loved by a million ignorants and the opportunity to open a savings account in the bank of the Vatican.
If heaven is perfect, then the Christian god is an anarchist. Anarchy has always been seen as the anti-goverment, and it really is, it is based on the morals of the masses than the corruptness of a minority.
Hell is a very big place, big enough for me to send his entire army there.
Pondering is the quintessential essence of the intelligent man, for without the art of thinking, man would be nothing but a disheveled mass of flesh and bone. Unfortunately, the art of thinking in logical terms has become somewhat extinct, the face of this planet is covered with idiots. The smart ones are always crazy, the one's that can think for themselves are punished by society for being an outcasts... nothing will ever be done about it, how can one have faith in a world that put George W. Bush in a position of power.
For today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology. Where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory and confusing truths. Our Unification of Thought is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people. With one will. One resolve. One cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death. And we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail! 1984, Macintosh Commercial
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
It was man who first made men believe in gods.
The truth is so important in war, that it must be protected by a bodyguard of lies.
It's better to be feared than to be loved, if you cannot be both.
There is nothing so revered yet so reviled as war; for even as it brings out the worst in men, it also brings out the best in them.
Everything about human nature reduces life to a routine.
According to the bible, Heaven is completely perfect and Hell is completely evil. In Heaven, in order to keep everything completely perfect, everyone in it would have to follow a long, specific set of rules for it to be perfect. Heaven is prison. In Hell, everyone is already evil there, so no rules need to be set to make it completely evil. Hell is freedom.
Escape is not the answer to freedom. Not sex, not drugs, not your little fairy-tale land in the clouds, not even death. You wanna be free? You better be fucking ready to fight. Tooth and nail.
As Hitler showed us, a press suppressed does not make a recovery. As Lenin indicated, a press controlled does not revert to a critic's role. As history reminds us, free speech surrendered is rarely recovered.
Per me si va nella citta dolente,
Per me si va nell'eterno dolore,
Per me si va tra la perduta gente.
Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch'entrate!
(This way for the sorowful city,
Nothing can resist the will of that which will stake its existence upon its fulfilment.
Between depriving a man of an hour of his life and depriving him of his life exists only a difference of degree.
Do not ask what your government can do for you. Ask why it doesn't.
"Vorsicht, Medizin!", Ott Editions, Thun/Switzerland, 1996
Religion denies us of our nature. Evolution aims for godhood.
All you slut heroes offer is a fear of the future.
If something good happens, he (God) is love. If something bad happens, he moves in mysterious ways. The End of Days
If god doesn't like the way I live, Let him tell me, not you.
What you hold in your hand is proof of man's power - against which our strength means nothing. It has the force of 100 spears. I warn you, man's ingenuity goes hand-in-hand with their cruelty. No creature is as devious or violent.
Planet of the Apes
At Auschwitz, Hitler declared, "I freed germany form the stupid and degrading fallacies of conscience and morality... We will train young people before whome the world will tremble."
Finding God at Harvard
I saw him open his mouth wide -- it gave him a weirdly voracious aspect, as though he had wanted to swallow all the air, all the earth, all the men before him.
Heart of Darkness
Violence in the media making people shoot other people? Any pile of stunted growth who isn't aware that entertainment is just that and nothing more deserves to doom themselves to some dark cell somewhere for having been so stupid.
Woe to the people that fails to honor its heroes! It will cease producing them, cease knowing them. Heroes spring from the essence of their people. A people without heroes is a people without leaders, for only a heroic leader is a true leader able to withstand the challenge of difficult times.
Today, communication itself is the problem. We have become the world's first overcommunicated society. Each year we send more and receive less.
The sleep of reason breeds monsters.
Francisco de Goya
We all have inner demons to fight, we call these demons, fear and hatred and anger. If you do not conquer them then a life of one hundred years is a tragedy. If you do, then a life of a single day can be a triumph.
Nothing is bigger than life. There's nothing noble in death. What's noble about never seeing the sunshine again? What's noble about having your legs and arms blown off? What's noble about being an idiot? What's noble about being blind and deaf and dumb? What's noble about being dead?
Johnny got his Gun
I was drowning my sorrows, but my sorrows, they learned to swim.
Until The End Of The World, Actung Baby
Lies are the mortar that binds the savage individual man into the social masonry.
The 3 types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it's when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around, it's when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It's when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there's nothing there...
He who does not believe in hell is in the greatest danger of landing there.
We have all become god's madmen.
Imagine the ego of mankind, to deem themselves so grand as to warrant a creator worthy of praise.
There are heroes in this world. They're called district attorneys. They don't get to have clients, people who smile at them at the end of the trial, who look them in the eye and say, 'Thank you.' Nobody's there to appreciate the district attorney because we work for the state, and our gratitude comes only from knowing there's a tide out there - a tide the size of a tsunami coming out of a bottomless cesspool, a tide called crime, which, if left unchecked, will rob every American of his freedom, a tide which strips individuals of the privilege of being able to walk down a dark street or take $20 out of an ATM machine without fear of being mugged. All Congress does is talk, but it's the district attorney who grabs his sword, who digs into the trenches and fights the fight, who dogs justice day after day after day without thanks, without so much as a simple pat on the back, but we do it. We do it. We do it because we are the crusaders, the last frontier of American justice, knowing that if a man cannot feel safe, he can never, never feel free.
Everyone is afraid of dying, why? If you are completely happy with life, then when you die, you are only moving onto the next phase of life. It doesn't matter if there is life after death because no one has ever died and come back. Also, if there is a heaven, it would have to be made up of everyone's perspective of heaven. If not then there is no such thing as heaven and religion is nothing but bullshit.
Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education.
Essays on Education