the quotations on this site
is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without
can't tell if a quote is by a believer or nonbeliever - why not indicate
I have four reasons:
1) An argument or
claimed insight should almost always stand or fall on its own merit, regardless
of who said it.
2) It's not always
clear what perspective the writer/speaker is coming from.
3) The writer/speaker
might have since changed positions and may not want to be identified by
their abandoned worldview.
4) By not revealing
the presupposition of the writer/speaker, I want readers to really think
about what is being said, and become used to discerning truth from error.
"You've used a quotation out of context."
Within the body of
the articles, I've tried to place quotations of the same subject and
context accurately. In cases where a quotation has been used slightly out
of context, I've tried to plainly state so.
In the margins and
lead-ins, however, the quotes are used more freely. Many quotations
convey truisms or generalities that apply to a spectrum of subjects. Some
pose an interesting contrast or parallel to an adjacent quote, event, or
belief being discussed. Others are simply there for entertainment.
"I hate some of your quotes. Some contain outright lies!"
They sure do, but at
least I can say those are someone else's lies, not mine. That's the context
in which we live, isn't it? New York Times reporters making up interviews,
CNN biasing their coverage to maintain access to hostile regimes, NBC faking
truck explosions, Catholic priests caught in predatory homosexuality, a
former president convicted of perjury, "No new taxes", WMDs...; we live
in a world of deception.
Some of the quotes are
admittedly offensive and irritating, but opposition and conflict is the
battlefield of thoughts and ideas. I hope to slightly irritate the reader
with some of these quotes because I believe our best arguments are forged
in the fire of opposition. So if an opposing point of view is raising your
blood pressure, there is probably something there from which you need to
"Where did each quote come from?"
Quotations within articles
largely came from books encountered in researching the subjects and are
formally documented. I heard several of them firsthand. Other quotes, including
many on the margins and lead-ins, came from books or websites purely devoted
to quotations. To name any one site would likely credit it too much because
I've used a wide variety of sources.
"But I've heard your quoted source contradict your citation!"
You may have, especially
concerning words attributed to politicians. I quote several presidents and
it would not surprise me if you found a completely contradictory statement
by each one. Since politicians tend to say what their current audience likes
to hear, their core beliefs can be very difficult to determine. Nevertheless,
I quote them because of the position they attained and the effect their
words consequently have, sincere or not (example).
As for non-political
sources, people change. It could be that two contradictory opinions were
each sincerely believed at the time each was said.
People also make mistakes
and sometimes contradict themselves, even in print. In no case, however,
have I knowingly invented or passed along a fabricated quote. Should you
discover such an oversight, I will gladly revise or remove it.
"You've repeated some of the quotes."
Thank you for spending
enough time in these articles to discover that!
While I have tried to
avoid being repetitious, some quotations are just too thought provoking
to display once. And I don't expect most readers will look at every page
I've posted. The content you'll find here I had originally formatted as
a 400 page book using well over 300 quotes, not including the repeats.
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