I am convinced, from many experiments, I could not study, to any degree of perfection, either mathematics, arithmetic, or algebra, without being a Deist, if not an Atheist.
Selfishness and altruism are positively correlated within individuals, for the obvious reason.
There is only one book: the world book. And all books are volumes of this one book. And all pages are pages of this world book. [...] You’re already skimming. You’re already skipping over. You’re already not reading all the pages of the book.
—Khatzumoto, "All Reading Is Skimming"
The moral is that it is probably better not to sin at all, but if some kind of sin you must be pursuing,
Well, remember to do it by doing rather than by not doing.
—"Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man" by Odgen Nash
Science may not fucking love you back.
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!
—"The Gods of the Copybook Headings" by Rudyard Kipling