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Through no divine design or cosmic plan,
by Michael Shermer

Through no divine design or cosmic plan,
we have inherited the mantle of life's caretaker on the earth,
the only home we have ever known.
- Michael Shermer

We think of our eyes as video cameras and our brains
as blank tapes to be filled with sensory inputs.
- Michael Shermer

Anecdotal thinking comes naturally; science requires training.
- Michael Shermer

Religious faith depends on a host of social,
psychological and emotional factors that have little
or nothing to do with probabilities,
evidence and logic.
- Michael Shermer

 

Either the soul survives death or it does not,
and there is no scientific evidence that it does.
- Michael Shermer

When alien abductees recount to me their stories,
I do not deny that they had a real experience.
- Michael Shermer

We know evolution happened because innumerable bits
of data from myriad fields of science conjoin to paint
a rich portrait of life's pilgrimage.
- Michael Shermer

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One, I am skeptical of the effectiveness of nutritional supplements.
- Michael Shermer

But because we live in an age of science,
we have a preoccupation with corroborating our myths.
- Michael Shermer

The actual atoms and molecules that make up my brain
and body today are not the same ones that I was born with on September 8,
1954, a half-century ago this month.
- Michael Shermer

Plato wove historical fact into literary myth.
- Michael Shermer

We should be exploring consciousness at the neural level and higher,
where the arrow of causal analysis points up toward
such principles as emergence and self-organization.
- Michael Shermer

The principal barrier to a general acceptance of the
monist position is that it is counterintuitive.
- Michael Shermer

But there is only one surefire method of proper pattern recognition,
and that is science.
- Michael Shermer

Dualists hold that body and soul are separate entities
and that the soul will continue beyond the existence of the physical body.
- Michael Shermer

The reason is that in a group, individual errors on
either side of the true figure cancel each other out.
- Michael Shermer

But the power of science lies in open publication,
which, with the rise of the Internet,
is no longer constrained by the price of paper.
- Michael Shermer

Scientific prayer makes God a celestial lab rat,
leading to bad science and worse religion.
- Michael Shermer

For solving a surprisingly large and varied number of problems,
crowds are smarter than individuals.
- Michael Shermer

Myths are stories that express meaning,
morality or motivation.
Whether they are true or not is irrelevant.
- Michael Shermer

Human history is highly nonlinear and unpredictable.
- Michael Shermer

No single discovery from any of these fields denotes proof of evolution,
but together they reveal that life evolved in a certain
sequence by a particular process.
- Michael Shermer

In comparison, Google is brilliant because it uses
an algorithm that ranks Web pages by the number of links to them,
with those links themselves valued by the number of
links to their page of origin.
- Michael Shermer

A flower is a weed seen through joyful eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Through our own recovered innocence
we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- Henry David Thoreau

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

I set my own course through the ocean of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Through Love and through Beauty, we achieve immortality.
- Jewel (paraphrasing Plato)

The way lies in softness and patience,
as the softest water cuts through the hardest rock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experiences of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened,
vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

Love is an undulating energy that moves through you,
within you, and radiates out of you,
and changes everything.
-Bartholomew

The River of Life can cut through solid rock - in its own time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Michael Jordan

The River of Life knows no obstacles.
The River can cut through solid rock - in its own time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For those who are bored with life,
the path to happiness almost always comes
through service to the less-fortunate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that a flower is a weed seen through joyful eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem,
but you sow the seeds for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Begin building the future through
"conversation for possibility."
- Werner Erhard

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

May a thread of comfort be woven through your difficult days.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely.
It is absolutely touch and go.
Each one of us could make the difference.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

All life is change.
Release your attachment to the way things have been,
and wend your way joyfully
through life's unfolding majesty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is only through labor and painful effort,
by grim energy and resolute courage,
that we move on to better things.
- Theodore Roosevelt

People grow through experience
if they meet life honestly and courageously.
This is how character is built.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

Don't go through life - grow through life.
- Eric Butterworth

Healthy choices thread through every aspect of life.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock,
the stream always wins -
not through strength but by perseverance.
- The Buddha

Let light shine through the cracks
in the armor of your staunchest beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you are going through hell, keep going.
- Winston Churchill

We are rich only through what we give,
and poor only through what we refuse.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Strength does not come from winning.
Your struggles develop your strengths.
When you go through hardships
and decide not to surrender,
that is strength.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I'm becoming more and more myself with time.
I guess that's what grace is.
The refinement of your soul through time.
- Jewel

True happiness... is not attained
through self-gratification,
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

A great secret of success is to go through life
as a man who never gets used up.
- Albert Schweitzer

Consistent happiness is found through
living in a state of constant gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

leading by example creates a degree of
loyalty and overall success
that cannot be achieved through
issuing orders from a lofty office.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Many persons have a wrong idea of
what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

There is a road from the eye to heart
that does not go through the intellect.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Better keep yourself clean and bright;
you are the window through which
you must see the world.
- George Bernard Shaw

Doubt is the vestibule which we all must pass through
before we can enter the temple of truth.
- Osho

It costs you nothing to make another happy -
and you gain your true self through the act of spreading joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can turn painful situations around through laughter.
If you can find humor in anything, even poverty,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Hatred ceases through love.
This is an unalterable law.
- The Buddha


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