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You are all fundamentalists with a top dressing of science. That is why you are the stupidest of conservatives and reactionists in politics and the most bigoted of obstructionists in science itself. When it comes to getting a move on you are all of the same opinion: stop it, flog it, hang it, dynamite it, stamp it out.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

Bigot, one who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has.

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and lecturer.

We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.


Those who believe in their truth -- the only ones whose imprint is retained by the memory of men -- leave the earth behind them strewn with corpses. Religions number in their ledgers more murders than the bloodiest tyrannies account for, and those whom humanity has called divine far surpass the most conscientious murderers in their thirst for slaughter.

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.

Defoe says that there were a hundred thousand country fellows in his time ready to fight to the death against popery, without knowing whether popery was a man or a horse.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

Bigotry is the sacred disease.

Heraclitus (c. 535 BCE-c. 475 BCE) Greek philosopher.

We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

When we believe ourselves in possession of the only truth, we are likely to be indifferent to common everyday truths.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.