I really like twitter-sized quotes.
They integrate perfectly with the meme flow.
The bite-sized thoughts seem to be just right for the brain to grasp in one gulp.
In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
- George Orwell
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
- Philip K. Dick
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
- Oscar Wilde
If you happen to know of a good one, please post it here.
Mark Twain for one is a fountain of great one-one liners. He would have made a killing on Twitter.
Good idea. Like the Twain one, but I would have one caveat: We need to make sure they are cited correctly. Lots of things are attributed to Twain, for example, that he never said.
OK, your the Twain Debunker =)
Ignorance is the mother of devotion.
Dean Henry Cole
Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do.
You cannot reason someone out of something they were not reasoned into.
To pray to God is to flatter oneself that with words one can alter nature.
No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.
"Religion is an attempt to find an out where there is no door Mark Twain
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.
- Innocents Abroad
Here's one I put on the comment field some time ago.
The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility. -- Albert Einstein
"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature"
Frank Lloyd Wright
"I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time"
"After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands"
"There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven "
Robert Green Ingersoll
"No philosophy, no religion has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism."
"Things are entirely what they appear to be and behind them ... there is nothing."
"The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it show itself cloddish"
"I believe that men are generally a little afraid of the dark, though the wiches are all hung and Christianity and candles have been introduced"
Henry David Thoreau
"To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting."
Stanislaus 1 of Poland
"Oh, Heaven, it is mysterious, it is awful to consider a future Ghost within us; but are , in every deed, Ghosts"
"Knock on the sky and listen to the sound"
"If you think you're free, there's no escape possible"
"No matter where you go or what you do, you live your entire life within the confines of your head"
I love that Sartre quote!
I'll have to disagree with the Sartre quote, because I don't think things are as they appear to be -- not when it comes to human society. For example, politicians try to convince us they are honest, upstanding citizens, but much of the time they are not. They also try to present legislation as being one thing, when in truth it is entirely something else.
Religion, too, tries to pass itself off as divinely inspired, but it is really just a means of social control.
Couples try to present themselves as being in love, or as having a happy relationship, but often they are cheating on one another, or they fight all the time, etc.
Big corporations try to cook the books so as to appear more profitable than they really are.
The media deliberately skews stories in order to serve an unseen agenda.
Nothing is at it appears to be.