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The are and practice of selling one's credibility for future delivery.

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

Don't ever prophesy; for if you prophesy wrong, nobody will forget it; and if you prophesy right, nobody will remember it.

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

Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.

Umberto Eco (1929-?) Italian novelist and critic

Prophecy is the most gratuitous form of error.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

There exists a species of transcendental ventriloquism by means of which men can be made to believe that something said on earth comes from Heaven.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

With prophecies the commentator is often a more important man than the prophet.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

Beware of the ides of March.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

There is no question but that if Jesus Christ, or a great prophet from another religion, were to come back today, he would find it virtually impossible to convince anyone of his credentials despite the fact that the vast evangelical machine on American television is predicated on His imminent return among us sinners.

Peter Ustinov (1921-2004) British actor, writer and director.