“I trace the letters on the tree behind us in the picture.
But there are many I disagree with, for example “All thinking men are atheists” (Ernest Hemmingway).
John Mc Carthy Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Blaise Pascal Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
A favorite of mine, in a similar vein to the Seneca the Younger quote: “If we go back to the beginning we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods, that fancy enthusiasm or deceit adorned them, that weakness worships them, that credulity preserves them, and that custom respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve their own interests.” -Baron d’Holbach “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” -Galileo …Although ambiguous, it is provocative considering yet another quote by a mind of approximately equal influence…