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  • That which we believe to be false probably is; that which we believe to be true just might be.

  • If we value life as being as free from suffering as possible, how can we be so arrogant as to believe that this is an ideal state just for us and not all creatures?

  • One type of erroneous thinking that crops up daily is when we hear constants used to explain variables; this means that if something changes, that change canít be explained by something that didnít change. It is doubtful that any other kind of erroneous thinking is as frequent.

  • We often believe that weíve arrived at firm conclusions only because we believethat we started with firm assumptions.

  • One of the great sorrows of our time, and also of the times gone by, is that we believe ourselves to be only what we believe that others think us to be; we should pray that in the future that what we will believe ourselves to be is what we discover within ourselves, not what we think we discover in the opinions of others.

  • Certainty is like a train on a track that has no interchanges and which blindly follows wherever the track leads. Doubts provide interchanges that permit us to go whenever reason and changing destinations suggest otherwise.

  • Darwin was correct about the evolution of the species in that those species most able to change are the most likely to survive and those least able to change are the first to become extinct. The same principles are also applicable to institutions, whether they are political, religious, or commercial. The more resistant they are to change, the more probable their early demise.

  • The acts of others tell us of their religions; their words tell us only of their theologies.

  • Beyond dispute is the fact that every effect in the Universe has a cause; mythical causes such as luck, destiny, and fate are as much of an explanation as claiming that elves caused something.

  • Our most treasured beliefs dwell in a kind of mental concentration camp where they are never allowed out and other beliefs are never allowed to visit.

  • It is frightening to think that all that we believe is based upon assumptions which if the assumptions were different so would be all of our beliefs.

  • There are those that contend that we can never arrive at any absolute truths; that isnít the problem. The problem is that if or when we arrive at absolute truths we wonít know that they are true absolutely.

  • The reason that great lies are believed and small ones arenít, is because we tend to believe the great lies, for we think that no one would make up something so preposterous, and besides, life is actually made up of many events that once were preposterous but true.

  • That believing is seeing is often said, but in many cases not seeing is necessary for believing.

  • In many ways our unquestioned beliefs act like a shipís anchor; in changing times when our beliefs must change, these old certainties act like a ship sailing while dragging its anchor-that is if it is possible to sail at all.

  • If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, does that mean that one is safer with none?

  • We should all hope that no one believes or disbelieves whatever we claim, only that they regard our claims as worthy of consideration.


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