Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be

Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be. If one asks the whence derives the authority of fundamental ends, since they

Consciousness is not what it thinks it is

Consciousness is not what it thinks it is
Thought exists only as an abstraction
The self does not exist

To choose or construct beautiful forms requires good taste

To choose or construct beautiful forms requires good taste, and that in its turn requires cultivation, which comes from the observation of beautiful forms. Those who are not accustomed to seeing beautiful things are, in consequence, often uncertain whether they think a thing beautiful or not. Some -- perhaps all of us -- have an intuition for what is beautiful; but most of us have to achieve beauty by taking pains. -- Edward Johnston 'Writing, Illuminating & Lettering'

Of all liars, the smoothest and most convincing is memory.

Of all liars, the smoothest and most convincing is memory.

Outlawing encryption only keeps honest people from having privacy.

Outlawing encryption only keeps honest people from having privacy.

I respect faith but doubt is what gets you an education.

I respect faith but doubt is what gets you an education.

Never seem more learned than the people you are with.

Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not put it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked. -- Earl of Chesterfield

But though every created thing is, in this sense, a mystery

But though every created thing is, in this sense, a mystery, the word mystery cannot be applied to moral truth, any more than obscurity can be applied to light. ... Mystery is the antagonist of truth. It is a fog of human invention, that obscures truth, and represents it in distortion. Truth never envelops itself in mystery, and the mystery in which it is at any time enveloped is the work of its antagonist, and never of itself.
-- Thomas Paine

The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent.

The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent. -- John H. Holmes, A Sensible - Man's View of Religion, 1933]

Theists think all gods but theirs are false.

Theists think all gods but theirs are false.
Atheists simply don't make an exception for the last one.

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