I've seen a number of "quotes" topics posted, all filled with warm and fuzzy or humorous quotes. While I think they have their place, sometimes I think it's good to face the sober reality of existence. With that, a few quotes:
“A humanitarian God cannot be demonstrated from the world we know: today you can be compelled to admit this much. But what conclusions can you draw? 'He cannot be demonstrated to us': epistemological skepticism. You are all afraid of the conclusion: 'from the world we know, a very different god would be demonstrable, one who at any rate is not humanitarian' - and, in short, you hold fast to your God and devise for him a world we do not know."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."
"To love is to value. Only a rationally selfish man, a
man of self-esteem, is capable of love -- because
he is the only man capable of holding firm, consistent,
uncompromising, unbetrayed values. The man who
does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone."
- Ayn Rand