Good Dawkins quotes

Matt Ridley: ‘most scientists are bored by what they have already discovered. It is ignorance which drives them on.’ Dawkins: Mystics exult in mystery and want it to stay mysterious.’

‘those people who leap from personal bafflement at a natural phenomenon straight to a hasty invocation of the supernatural are no better than the fools who see a conjuror bending a spoon and leap to the conclusion that it is ‘paranormal.’ ‘

Against the anthropic principle: ‘it follows from the fact of our existence that the laws of physics must be friendly enough to allow life to arise… ‘ in other words if they weren’t it wouldn’t and we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Just because it is ‘very improbable’ doesn’t mean impossible.

‘in George Bernard Shaw’s words: ‘the fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.’

‘if neuro-scientists find a ‘god-centre’ in the brain… will still want to understand the natural selection pressure that favoured it.’

Hitler and Stalin may well have been atheists but that wasn’t why they perpetrated their evil deeds. In fact Dawkins argues Hitler lived a Catholic until he died. ‘In 1923 Hitler’s speech in Munich said: ‘…rescue our country from the Jew who is ruining it…we want to prevent our Germany from suffering as Another did the death upon the Cross.’ In other words the extermination of the Jews was justified in his mind. Even Martin Luther famous protestant reformed was a virulent Anti-Semite.’

Dawkins is not a fundamentalist scientist because if evidence came along that evolution was not true he would abandon it. He knows what it would take to change his mind. His objection to religious fundamentalism is that it ‘saps the intellect and subverts science.’

He gives the example of Kurt Wise a promising and respected geologist and palaeontologist who had a crisis of faith as a result of a fundamentalist upbringing and realising that he could not reconcile evolution and the Bible chose to reject evolution.

Quoting from the Glasgow Herald an article by Muriel Gray regarding the London Bombings: ‘Everyone is being blamed from the obvious duo Bush and Blair…[but] the cause of all this misery, mayhem, violence terror and ignorance is religion itself.’ Bertrand Russell said: ‘Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do.’ And Voltaire: ‘Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.’

Quotations for Henry king and hero

[Note those in green are minimum necessary to know and use!]

 

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A true lover of the Christian Church

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His addiction was to courses vain, His companies unletter’d, rude, his hours filled up with riots, banquets, sports…

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Take heed… How you awake our sleeping sword of war… In the name of God

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My learned lord…Justly and religiously unfold why the Salique law they have in France bar us in our claim?

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Henry:May I with right and conscience make this claim? Canterbury: The sin upon my head…

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We are no tyrant but a Christian king.

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But this lies all within the will of God to whom I do appeal; and in whose name tell you the Dauphin I am coming.

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For many a thousand widows… And some are yet ungotten and unborn that shall have cause to curse the Dauphin’s scorn.

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never was monarch better feare’d and loved…

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We carry not a heart with us that grows not in fair consent with ours.

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Henry: O let us yet be merciful. Cambridge: and yet punish too. Henry: if little faults be not winked at how shall we stretch our eye when capital crimes apear before us?

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Cambridge: I do confess my fault and do submit to your highness’ mercy. Henry: The mercy that was quick in us but late by your own counsel is suppress’d and killed.

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God so graciously hath brought to light this dangerous treason…

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Let us deliver our puissance into the hand of God.

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Once more into the breach dear Friends or close up the wall with our English dead.

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On, on you noblest English

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Cry God For Harry, England and Saint George.

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Whose limbs were made in England

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You are worth your breeding

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For as I am a soldier, a name that in my thoughts becomes me best.

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You men of Harfleur, take pity of your town, your people; if not… Will you yield and this avoid?

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Use mercy to them all.

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Fluellen: One is like to be executed for robbing a church… If your majesty know the man? Henry: We shall have all such offenders cut off.

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Nothing compelled, nothing taken but paid for, none of the French upbraided or abused.

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With cheerful semblance… That every wretch plucks comfort… Thawing cold fear.

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Behold the royal captain of this ruin’d band walking from watch to watch and tent to tent, bids them good morrow and calls them brothers, friends…

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I think the king is but a man as I am

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His fears be of the same relish as ours

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His cause being just and his quarrel honourable

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The king is not bound to answer for the particular endings of his soldiers

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The king would not be ransomed.

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Upon the king… Let us lay our lives, our souls, our debts our wives… Our sins. O hard condition.

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I am a king and I know … [a king does not] sleep so soundly as does the slave.

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Such a wretch… Little wots, what watch a king keeps to maintain the peace.

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Lord, think not upon the fault my father Richard made in compassing the throne… I have five hundred poor in yearly pay, who twice a day, hold up to heaven, to pardon blood;

 

and I have built two chantries where the priests sing for Richard’s soul. More will I do…

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I am not covetous for gold but … Honour

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The fewer men the greater share of honour

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He that outlives this day… Will show his wounds… Names familiar as household words …Shall be remembered, shall be my brother

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And Gentlemen in England now a-bed Shall think themselves accursed they were not here.

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O God thy arm was here, and not to us but to thy arm alone ascribe we all.

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…Here was a royal fellowship of death

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…teach a soldier terms such as will enter at a lady’s ear

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I speak to thee plain soldier

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if thou canst love a fellow of this temper… That never looks in his glass for love of anything he sees there.

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take me, take a soldier, take a king

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And Kate, when France is mine and I am yours then yours is France and you are mine.

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Good Kate, mock me mercifully.

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I was created with a stubborn outside, an aspect of iron and when I come to woo ladies I fright them.

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Old age can do no more spoil upon my face

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Come your answer in broken music, for thy voice is music and thy English broken.

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Kate, nice customs curtsy to great kings… you and I are the makers of manners.