Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.
-- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Better to live one day as a lion, than a hundred years as a sheep.
-- Italian proverb

I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed there would be no more war.
-- Abbie Hoffman

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

We are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat.
-- Terence McKenna

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
-- Carl Sagan

Seek simplicity, and distrust it.
-- Alfred North Whitehead

For in and out, above, about, below,
'Tis nothing but a Magic Shadow-show,
Play'd in a Box whose Candle is the Sun,
Round which we Phantom Figures come and go.
-- Omar Khayyam

Whatever does not kill me makes me stronger.
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

Tune in. Turn on. Drop Out!!
-- Dr. Timothy Leary

All Men should be treated with grace or destroyed utterly; for men take revenge for slight offenses, great ones they cannot...
-- Niccolo Machiavelli

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.
-- Carl Sagan

to speak as sole purveyor of truth is a lie, for the truth is always beyond the scope of a single mind....
-- Sun Tzu

To try to defend everything.. is to defend nothing...
-- Fredrick Barbarossa, Holy Roman Emperor

The qualities of flexibility and suppleness are superior to rigidity and strength.
-- Lao Tze

Every good act is charity. A man's true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.
-- The Prophet Mohammed

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.
-- Carl Sagan

Hell is other people...
-- Jean-Paul Sartre

War is God’s way of teaching us geography
-- Ambrose Bierce

"Now the archon who is weak has three names. The first name is Yaltabaoth, the second is Saklas, and the third is Samael. And he is impious in his arrogance which is in him. For he said, 'I am God and there is no other God beside me,' for he is ignorant of his strength, the place from which he had come.
-- The Apocryphon of John

That the real secret of magic is that the world is made of words, and that if you know the words that the world is made of you can make of it whatever you wish.
--Terence Mckenna

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
--Benjamin Franklin

Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool.
--Mark Twain

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
-- Thomas Paine