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The marriage-tie, the marriage bond, is the fundamental connecting link in Christian society. Break it, and you will have to go back to the overwhelming dominance of the state, which existed before the Christian era.

- D.H. Lawrence

An Ideal is merely an escape, an avoidance of what is, a contradiction of what is. An ideal prevents direct action upon what is. To have peace, we will have to love, we will have to begin not to live an ideal life but to see things as they are and act upon them, transform them.

- J. Krishnamurti

For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.

- Niccolo Machiavelli

It is inevitable, that eventually the people will demand absolute security from the state...And absolute security is absolute slavery.

- Taylor Caldwell

Curiosity killed the cat, but where human beings are concerned, the only thing a healthy curiosity can kill is ignorance.

- Harry Lorayne

To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.

- Manly P. Hall

The Truth is not Arbitrary or a Matter of Opinion, but can be Investigated, and Those who Earnestly Search for the Truth will Find It. The Truth is Hidden to the Blind, but he who has the Mental Eye Sees the Truth.

- Buddha - The Three Personalities of Buddha, XCVIII

The scientific discourse misses the fact that the ability to deny is an amazing human phenomenon, a product of sheer complexity of our emotional, linguistic, moral and intellectual lives. Denial is a complex unconscious defense mechanism for coping with guilt, anxiety and other disturbing emotions aroused by reality.

- Stanley Cohen

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

- Bertrand Russell

Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief.

- Frantz Fanon