Richard Dawkins doesn’t really know any religious people, because he is from England. There are hardly any traditional religious believers. In England, it’s the Archbishop of Canterbury and 3 priests. If he wants to study religion in England, he should look to soccer.
—  Philosophy of Religion Professor 
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.
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Thomas Paine

The quality of a man or woman is not defined by their previous quarrels or struggle, but rather their ability to conquer them.

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
—  Isaac Asimov
As we tell stories, a picture film begins to play through our minds, we speak quickly; giving as many details as we can manage. Memories dance behind our eyes, we long for the grand ability to project them upon a screen for loved ones to see. Grabbing a pen and paper to attempt to draw our thoughts, instead only to find it impossible to recreate; to capture these magical things that float inside and place them on display..
—  Kay Ice.
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It’s Monday! I got some feedback on my Extended Project today so I’ve been writing loads of notes for that - and have loads more to go! I decided to make a mathematics contents sheet to help me when revising (still unfinished), and I got my grades back from the recent test - 1 mark from an A*! I also got grades back from a philosophy paper I did, not thrilled but oh well, onwards and upwards :-) Hope you’ve all had a fantastic, productive day!

For my part, meeting innumerable others from all over the world and from every walk of life reminds me of our basic sameness as human beings. Indeed, the more I see of the world, the clearer it becomes that no matter what our situation, whether we are rich or poor, educated or not, of one race, gender, religion or another, we all desire to be happy and to avoid suffering. Our every intended action, in a sense our whole life – how we choose to live it within the context of the limitations imposed by our circumstances – can be seen as our answer to the great question which confronts us all: ‘How am I to be happy?’
—  Dalai Lama XIV
Architecture is the expression of every society’s very being. But only the ideal being of society, the one that issues orders and interdictions with authority, is expressed in architectural compositions in the strict sense of the word. Thus great monuments rise up like levees, opposing the logic of majesty and authority to any confusion: Church and State in the form of cathedrals and palaces speak to the multitudes, or silence them. It is obvious that monuments inspire social good behaviour in societies and often even real fear. The storming of the Bastille is symbolic of this state of affairs: it is hard to explain this mass movement other than through the people’s animosity against the monuments that are its real masters.
—  Georges Bataille, ‘Architecture’.
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