“I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will – and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain.  Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all.  For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.” – Gene Roddenberry

“Faith is an unreliable process that that neither makes you a good person or a bad person; nor does lack of faith make you a bad person or a good person.” – Peter Boghossian

“The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. We live in denial of what we do, even what we think. We do this because we’re afraid. We fear we will not find love, and when we find it we fear we’ll lose it. We fear that if we do not have love we will be unhappy.” – Richard Bach

“With or without [religion] you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” – Steven Weinberg

“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counter-intuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.” – Carl Sagan

“The more likely we are to assume that the solution comes from the outside, the less likely we are to solve our problems ourselves.” – Carl Sagan

“We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.” – Carl Sagan

“It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out.” – Carl Sagan

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” – Carl Sagan

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

“It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” – Carl Sagan

“The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.” – Carl Sagan

“I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it?”  – Richard Bach

“If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it” – Albert Einstein

“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”  – Richard Bach

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