A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig on confidence, dedication, sun, fanaticism, political, religious, dogma, and goals

"You are never dedicated to something that you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt."

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

Source: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence

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A Quote by George Orwell on orthodoxy, ideas, dogma, belief, and silenced

At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas of which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is "not done" to say it... Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the high-brow periodicals.

George Orwell (1903 - 1950)

Source: The Animal Farm, Introduction.

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A Quote by John Whiteside Parsons on thelema, freedom, tyranny, and dogma

Now since all tyrannies are based on dogmas, that is, on fundamental statements of absolute fact, and since all dogmas are based on lies, it behooves us first to seek for truth, and freedom will not be far away.  And the truth is that we know nothing.
Objectively, we know nothing at all.  Any system of intellectual thought, whether it be science, logic, religion, or philosophy, is based on certain fundamental ideas or axioms which are assumed, but which cannot be proved.  This is the grave of all positivism.

john parsons

Source: Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword and Other Essays Oriflamme 1, Pages: 11

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on bible, religion, atheism, dogma, and christianity

The Bible, properly read, is the most potent force for atheism yet invented.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Source: Unknown

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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on free enquiry, free will, dogma, religion, belief, and faith

So in this case, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative is our teacher.' When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering' — then you should abandon them.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)


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A Quote by Steven Paul (Steve) Jobs on time, life, dogma, thinking, opinions, inner voice, courage, heart, and intuition

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Steve Jobs (1955 -)


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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on belief, dogma, skepticism, ego, and buddhism

I have discovered that it is necessary, absolutely necessary, to believe in nothing. That is, we have to believe in something which has no form and no color - something which exists before all forms and colors appear.  This is a very important point.  No matter what god or doctrine you believe in, if you become attached to it, your belief will be based more or less on a self-centered idea...  In constantly seeking to actualize your ideal, you will have no time for composure.  But if you are always prepared for accepting everything we see as something appearing from nothing... then at that moment you will have perfect composure.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

Source: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

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A Quote by Anaïs Nin on adoption, dogma, literature, politics, and religion

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons.  We cease to grow.

Anaïs Nin (1903 - 1977)

Source: The Diaries of Anaïs Nin

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