June 25, 2019

Superstitions

cur-mudg-eon (cur-muj’un), n. [origin unknown] 1. archaic: a crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man. 2. modern: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner.

“Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages, but truth goes a-begging.”
— Martin Luther

“The opinion prevailed among advanced minds that it was time that belief should be replaced increasingly by knowledge; belief that did not itself rest on knowledge was superstition, and as such had to be opposed.”
— Albert Einstein

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.”
— Helen Keller

“To endure the pain of living, we all drug ourselves more or less with gin, with literature, with superstitions, with romance, with idealism, political, sentimental, and moral, with every possible preparation of that universal hashish: imagination.”
— George B Shaw

“It is safe to say that no other superstition is so detrimental to growth, so enervating and paralyzing to the minds and hearts of the people, as the superstition of Morality.”
— Emma Goldman

“Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.”
— Adam Smith

“The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.”
— Elbert Hubbard

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