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"The unbeliever is not obliged to fit his morality and his facts into the four corners of any religion or tradition or inherited dogma.

He is always in a position to review and to revise his teaching and his experiences; to absorb new knowl
edge and to remould his ideas according to the new light he receives. He has no Church dogmas to hinder him from searching what he knows not by what he knows, and ‘closing up truth to truth.’

He also knows that, at the least, his new thoughts mean growth, and not stagnation; and he is always possessed with the inspiring hope that the glowing thought which he plucks to-day from the darkness of the unknown may tomorrow be the light showing the way to greater and more important truths.” - Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner

"If you pick out the proper verses of the Bible and interpret them with sufficient ingenuity, you can maintain that the Bible says for instance, that "Let there be light" is the theological translation of "big bang," and that six days is not very different from fifteen billion years and you can freely state that the latest astronomical theories support Genesis.

What characterizes the value of science is not the particular conclusions it comes to. What characterizes the value of science is its methodology, the system it uses to arrive at those conclusions.

A hundred sages, though speaking ever so wisely, can neveroffer anything more persuasive than an imperative “Believe!”
Since human beings can be found to believe each of the hundred sages, there are endless quarrels over points of doctrine, and people have hated vigorously in the name of love and have murdered enthusiastically in the name of peace.”
- Isaac Asimov

"Knowledge acquired by reason will dispel ignorance and thus destroy the greatest evil— fear, whose source is superstition." - Hannah Arendt

"I want to do what little I can to make my country truly free:
To broaden the intellectual horizon of our people.
To destroy the prejudices born of ignorance and fear.
To do away with the blind worship of the ignoble past
with the idea that all the great and good are dead,
that the living are totally depraved, that all pleasures are sins,
that sighs and groans are alone pleasing to God,
that thought is dangerous, that intellectual courage is a crime,
that cowardice is a virtue, that a certain belief is necessary to
secure salvation, that to carry a cross in this world will give us a
palm in the next, and that we must allow some priest to be the
pilot of our souls.”

- Robert Green Ingersoll

“In all stages of education the influence of superstition is disastrous. A certain percentage of children have the habit of thinking; one of the aims of education is to cure them of this habit. Inconvenient questions are met with ‘hush, hush’, or with punishment. Collective emotion is used to instill certain kinds of belief, more particularly nationalistic kinds. Capitalists, militarists, and ecclesiastics co-operate in education, because all depend for their power upon the prevalence of emotionalism and the rarity of critical judgment.”

- Bertrand Russell

Still relevant.

Powerful, and true.