Fear & Rage
(Religion, Politics, Life, Death)

Sum Ergo Cogito - I am, therefore I think.

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamer of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy

I am a little man and this is a little town but there must be a spark in a little man that can burst into flame.

John Steinbeck

O witches, O misery, O hate, to you has my treasure been entrusted! I contrived to purge my mind of all human hope. On all joy, to strangle it, I pounced with the strength of a wild beast. I called to the plagues to smother me in blood, in sand, misfortune was my God.

Jean Nicholas Arthur Rimbaud

The tragedy of it is that nobody sees the look of desperation on my face. Thousands and thousands of us, and we're passing one another without a look of recognition.

Henry Miller

It was Christianity which first painted the devil on the worlds walls; It was Christianity which first brought sin into the world. Belief in the cure which it offered has now been shaken to it's deepest roots; but belief in the sickness which it taught and propagated continues to exists.

Friedrich Nietzsche

I am filled with fear and tormented with terrible visions of pain. Everywhere people are hurting one another, the planet is rampant with injustices, whole societies plunder groups of their own people, mothers imprison sons, children perish while brothers war. O, woe.

Ye have locked yerselves up in cages of fear and, behold, do ye now complain that ye lack FREEDOM!

Ye have cast out yer brothers for devils and now complain ye, lamenting, that ye've been left to fight alone.

All Chaos was once yer kingdom; verily, held ye dominion over the entire Pentaverse, but today ye was sore afraid in dark coners, nooks, and sink holes.

O how the darkness do crowd up, one against the other, in ye hearts!
What fear ye more that what ye have wroughten?

Robert Anton Wilson
The Principia Discordia

You cannot undermine police authority and then complain about rising crime.

The Humanist says he does not believe in God because the supposed God behaves in a morally arbitrary way: allowing innocents to die, scoundrels to live, some to have wealth, others to be poor, some to be in pain, and others to be healthy. This, they say, is morally arbitrary, and does not fit with how they think a "real" God would behave. Then THEY get to play God, by deciding on the fate of the unborn child: will they let it live or kill it. This, they insist, is their moral "right".

These two positions are completely contradictory, a thoroughly unreasonable philosophy for people who claim their philosophy is based entirely on reason.

Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.

I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.

Thomas Paine
The Age of Reason

Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.

Friedrich Nietzsche

To exercise power costs effort and demands courage. That is why so many fail to assert rights to which they are perfectly entitled - because a right is a kind of power but they are too lazy or too cowardly to exercise it. The virtues which cloak these faults are called patience and forbearance.

Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.

Oscar Wilde

Pure truth, like pure gold, has been found unfit for circulation because men have discovered that it is far more convenient to adulterate the truth than to refine themselves.

Charles Caleb Colton

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.


For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.

Charles Bukowski

Do not fear your enemies. The worst they can do is kill you. Do not fear friends. At worst, they may betray you. Fear those who do not care; they neither kill nor betray, but betrayal and murder exists because of their silent consent.

Bruno Jasienski, Yasensky

Heav'n hath no rage like love to hatred turn'd, nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd.

William Congreve

People reduced to the extremity of need are also driven to the utmost limits of their resources, and woe to any defenseless person who comes in their way. Work and wages, food and warmth, courage and goodwill - all is lost to them. The daylight dwindles into shadow and darkness enters their hearts; and within this darkness man seizes upon the weakness of woman and child and forces them into ignominy. No horror is then excluded. Desperation is bounded only by the flimsiest of walls, all giving access to vice and crime... they appear utterly depraved, corrupt, vile and odious; but it is rare for those who have sunk so low not to be degraded in the process, and there comes a point, moreover, where the unfortunate and infamous are grouped together, merged in a single fateful world. They are Les Miserables - the outcasts, the underdogs.

Victor Hugo

O thou ungrateful, faithless wretch! You were afraid of being united to someone who adored you. These bonds of an everlasting chain were becoming a burden to you, and your heart, which is seduced by fickleness and frivolity alone, was not discerning or sensitive enough to be conscious of all the charms such bonds entailed. Twas the thought of leaving Paris that frightened you; my love was not enough for you; I was unable to make it last. Die, monster, born to make my life miserable, stay there in Paris forever! May it one day become, through the deceitfulness and knavery of the scoundrel who will replace me in your heart, as odious to you as your own double dealing has made it in my eyes!

Marquis De Sade
Letters to Madame la Presidente de Montreuil

When I walk on the street counting my steps, magic keeps silent and reality stalks me.

From nonexistence I entered existence and what did I find? Bad weather.

Hell is when there is no reason to live and no courage to die.

William Markiewicz
Extracts of Existence

Heaven doesn't want me and hell is scared I am going to take over.

Eve Toth

(contributed by Lori Domoslai)

Beware of the fury of the patient man.

John Dryden

Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time.

Baltimore Grotto

Genocide is like a dessert. It is made of the flesh and bones of woman and children, it is sweetened with the blood of the innocent, and it is baked in the ovens of Auschwitz.

There were truths to be learnt and there was wisdom to be gained... but there was a price to to be paid as well. You could not brush up against the future and escape unscathed. You could not see into the forbidden and avoid damage to your sight.

Terry Brooks
First King of Shannara

Take your head, collect your bones, gather your limbs, shake the earth from your flesh!
The gatekeeper comes out to you, he grasps your hand, takes you into Heaven.

Old Kingdom Pyramid Text

Ignorance and prejudice are the ballast of our ship of state - however, ships without ballast are not seaworthy and cannot sail in the tempests, nor reach a safe harbor.

The party is not concerned with perpetuating itself. Who wields power is not important, providing that the hierarchical structure always remains the same.

George Orwell

Progress is a comfortable disease.

E. E. Cummings

"Ours is a christian army;" so he said
A regiment of bangomen who led.
"And ours a christian navy," added he
Who sailed a thunder-junk upon the sea.
Better they know than men unwarlike do
What is an army, and navy too.
Pray God there may be sent them by-and-by
The knowledge what a christian is, and why
For somewhat lamely the conception runs
of a brass-buttoned Jesus firing guns.

Arma Virumque

I listen to money singing, it's like looking down from long French windows at a provincial town. The slums, the canal, the churches ornate and mad in the evening sun. It is intensely sad...

Philip Larkin

The Christian view that all intercourse outside marriage is immoral was, as we see in the above passages from St. Paul, based upon the view that all sexual intercourse, even within marriage, is regrettable. A view of this sort, which goes against biological facts, can only be regarded by sane people as a morbid aberration. The fact that it is embedded in Christian ethics has made Christianity throughout its whole history a force tending towards mental disorders and unwholesome views of life.

Bertrand Russell

Lust is the cause of generation
Appetite is the support of life
Fear or timidity is the prolongation of life, and
Fraud the preservation of its instruments.

Leonardo Da Vinci

One, with God, is always a majority, but many a martyr has been burned at the stake while the votes were being counted.

Thomas B. Reed

God is DEAD, and no one cares! If there is a hell I'll see you there!

Trent Reznor
Nine Inch Nails

Piss off Satan and don't take me for dumber than I look.

William S. Burroughs

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

Aldous Huxley

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Modern capitalism, organising the reduction of all social life to a spectacle, cannot offer any other spectacle than that of our own alienation.

Kotanyi, Vaneigem

You do not destroy an idea by killing people; you replace it with a better one.

Edward Keating

As the fly bangs against the window attempting freedom while the door stands open, so we bang against death ignoring heaven.

Doug Horton

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

John Stewart Mill

It is impossible to defend perfectly against the attack of those who want to die.

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray.

Robert G. Ingersoll

I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct for revenge for which no expedient is sufficiently poisonous, secret, subterranean, petty - I call it the one mortal blemish of mankind.

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.

Friedrich Nietzsche

A Christian is a man who feels repentance on Sunday for what he did on Saturday and is going to do on Monday.

Thomas Ybarra

Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.

John Barrymore

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.

Stephen Vincent Benét

It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.

Peter De Vries

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

Thomas Jefferson

If we catch a glimpse of freedom, we wish to possess it; if we catch a glimpse of death, we want nothing to do with it. One we cannot have, the other we cannot avoid.

Jeremy Preston Johnson

The brave don't live forever, but the cautious don't live at all. Here's to the brave!

Timothy Luce

What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat.

Martin H. Fischer

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty.

Abraham Lincoln

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.

George Jean Nathan

Faith: not wanting to know what is true.

In heaven all the interesting people are missing.

Friedrich Nietzsche

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.

Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.

George Bernard Shaw

Laws are only words words written on paper, words that change on society's whim and are interpreted differently daily by politicians, lawyers, judges, and policemen. Anyone who believes that all laws should always be obeyed would have made a fine slave catcher. Anyone who believes that all laws are applied equally, despite race, religion, or economic status, is a fool.

John J. Miller
And Hope to Die, in Jokertown Shuffle Wild Cards IX

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.

John Steinbeck

Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives by make-believe.

W. Somerset Maugham
The Summing Up

Light a candle for every sinner, set the world on fire.

Charles Edward Jaggard

Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra. Suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night the ice weasels come.

Matt Groening, Love is Hell

(contributed by Tod Kohl)

I want to be left alone.

Greta Garbo

Perhaps the only institution more puffed-up and self-important than academia is government.

Neil Steinberg

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.

Winston Churchill

None deserve praise for being good who have not the spirit to be bad: goodness, for the most part, is nothing but indolence or weakness of will.

Francois La Rochefoucauld

The world is a mirror of infinite beauty, yet no man sees it. It is a Temple of Majesty, yet no man regards it. It is a region of Light and Peace, did not men disquiet it. It is the Paradise of God.

Thomas Traherne

You're obliged to pretend respect for people and institutions you think absurd. You live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions you despise, condemn, and know lack all foundation. It is that permanent contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretenses of your civilization which makes you sad, troubled and unbalanced. In that intolerable conflict you lose all joy of life and all feeling of personality, because at every moment they supress and restrain and check the free play of your powers. That's the poisoned and mortal wound of the civilized world.

Octave Mirbeau
The Torture Garden

It is easy to shield the outer body from poisoned arrows, but it is impossible to shield the mind from the poisoned darts that originate within itself. Greed, anger, foolishness and the infatuations of egoism - these four poisoned darts originate within the mind and infect it with deadly poison.

In a universe suddenly divested of illusion and lights, man feels an alien, a stranger. His exile is without remedy since he is deprived of the memory of a lost home or the hope of a promised land.

Albert Camus

Deprive man of his life lie and you rob him of his happiness.


Elvis was a hero to most, but he never meant shit to me... most of my heroes ain't appeared on no stamp.

Chuck D

The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.

Adolf Hitler

The world began without man, and it will complete itself without him.

Claude Levi-Strauss

Every woman is a rebel, and usually in a wild revolt against herself.

Oscar Wilde

(contibuted by Amber)

No more tears now. I will think about revenge.

Mary Queen of Scots

(contributed by Delilah)

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

(contributed by Amber)

Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.

Anatole France

Freethinkers reject faith as a valid tool of knowledge. Faith is the opposite of reason because reason imposes very strict limits on what can be true, and faith has no limits at all. A Great Escape into faith is no retreat to safety. It is nothing less than surrender.

If the answers to prayer are merely what God wills all along, then why pray?

The next time believers tell you that 'separation of church and state' does not appear in our founding document, tell them to stop using the word 'trinity.' The word 'trinity' appears nowhere in the bible. Neither does Rapture, or Second Coming, or Original Sin. If they are still unfazed (or unphrased), by this, then add Omniscience, Omnipresence, Supernatural,Transcendence, Afterlife, Deity, Divinity, Theology, Monotheism, Missionary, Immaculate Conception, Christmas, Christianity, Evangelical, Fundamentalist, Methodist, Catholic, Pope, Cardinal, Catechism, Purgatory, Penance, Transubstantiation, Excommunication, Dogma, Chastity, Unpardonable Sin, Infallibility, Inerrancy, Incarnation, Epiphany, Sermon, Eucharist, the Lord's Prayer, Good Friday, Doubting Thomas, Advent, Sunday School, Dead Sea, Golden Rule, Moral, Morality, Ethics, Patriotism, Education, Atheism, Apostasy, Conservative (Liberal is in), Capital Punishment, Monogamy, Abortion, Pornography, Homosexual, Lesbian, Fairness, Logic, Republic, Democracy, Capitalism, Funeral, Decalogue, or Bible.

Dan Barker
Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist

What happens when the same number of people pray for something as pray against it? How does God decide whose prayer to answer? Does the total number of people praying for or against something matter? How about the righteousness of the supplicants? Are positive prayers answered more frequently than negative ones? Does God take the positive ones and Satan the negative? Does the intensity of the praying have any effect on the outcome? Does the length of time one devotes to praying have any effect on the frequency with which one's prayers are answered? Do the words and phrases used in the prayer - either positive or negative - have any bearing on the success rate? Does the nature of the thing or things prayed for have any bearing on the prayer's success rate - either positive or negative prayers? Why or why not??

Robert A. Baker
"Prayer Wars" Skeptical Briefs

I talk to God but the sky is empty.

Sylvia Plath

What was God doing (in His Time) for an eternity into His past before He Created the Universe Ex Nihilo? God existed by Himself through an Eternity before the Creation without needing a Universe. Why did He suddenly desire to create the Universe?

Peter A. Angeles
The Problem of God: A Short Introduction

He who sees The Sun, The Moon, The Stars, and all the beauty of the earth and still says 'There is no God' is ludicrous.

Renee Henderson

An angel's arm can't snatch me from the grave; legions of angels can't confine me there.

Edward Young

My name is Illich Ramirez Sanchez. My profession is professional revoluntionary. The world is my domain.

Carlos the Jackal

As Christians try to force prayer into public schools, they often settle for a 'moment of silence.' But that supposedly innocuous 'moment of silence' is a deafening roar to a nonbeliever.

Judith Hayes
In God We Trust: But Which One?

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.

Bertrand Russell

Hunger put us in touch with the gods and fear with the devils.

William Markiewicz
Extracts of Existence

Blame is for God and small children.

Dustin Hoffman, Papillion

(contributed by Kimberlee Simmons)

You might not like something, but you don't have to hate it.

Jason Q.

Fear loses its ability to frighten, when repeated too often.

People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

Ernest Hemingway

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.

Beverly Sills

I have lived nearly fifty years, and I have seen life as it is. Pain, misery, hunger... cruelty beyond belief. I have heard the singing from taverns and the moans from bundles of filth on the streets. I have been a soldier and seen my comrades fall in battle... or die more slowly under the lash in Africa. I have held them in my arms at the final moment. These were men who saw life as it is, yet they died despairing. No glory, no gallant last words... only their eyes filled with confusion, whimpering the question: "Why?" I do not think they asked why they were dying, but why they had lived. When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams - this may be madness. To seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.

Don Quioxite
The Man of La Mancha

Through the hellish torture of this land, even where I sit is in the sinking sand. Then tied around my neck is a noose, getting tighter and never coming loose.

Michael Joseph Harvey

(contributed by Butler Labs)

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