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"One man's theology is another man's belly laugh."
Religion

"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."

"Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything."
Religion

"A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain - then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system?"

"Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss."

"I don't see how an article of clothing can be indecent. A person, yes."

"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."

"Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy."

"Sex without love is merely healthy exercise."

"I never learned from a man who agreed with me."

"They didn't want it good, they wanted it Wednesday."

"There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. the only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick."

"If you disturb the patient at such times, he may break into tears or become violent. and, if you shake him, he bites."

"It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip."

"By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity."

"One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others."

"No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority."

"Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done."

"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."

"The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive."

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