philosophy

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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.

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

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.

Religious reasons do not excuse violence: they accuse religion.

Religious reasons do not excuse violence: they accuse religion.

Explaining the unknown by means of the unobservable is always a perilous business.

Explaining the unknown by means of the unobservable is always a perilous business.

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. -- The Buddha

No form of liberty is worth a darn [sic] which doesn't give us the right to do wrong now and then.

No form of liberty is worth a darn [sic] which doesn't give us the right to do wrong now and then.
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