In the past, I was hardly keen on reading for pleasure but I have been cracking open some of the more, uh, classic(?) writings lately in an attempt to broaden my limited understanding. I'm pretty taken with Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason at the moment but I've also come across a number of quotes from Nietzsche and Oscar Wilde that make a great deal of sense to me. Here are a few I found interesting (and I apologize if any of these have already been brought out for discussion on this forum):
Regarding a revelation from God to man... "No one will deny or dispute the power of the Almighty to make such a communication, if he pleases. But admitting, for the sake of a case, that something has been revealed to a certain person, and not revealed to any other person, it is revelation to that person only. When he tells it to a second person, a second to a third, a third to a fourth, and so on, it ceases to be a revelation to all those persons. It is revelation to the first person only, and hearsay to every other, and consequently they are not obliged to believe it."
Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason)
“Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.”
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
“It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.”
“Here the ways of men part: If you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then
believe; If you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire.”
“A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”
"There are no facts, only interpretations."
“Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived”
“Scepticism is the beginning of Faith.”
I could probably spend a whole day just reading quotes, if given the chance. Any recommendations on which books/writings I should add to my reading queue?