Quotations offer one kind of break in what the eye can see, the ear can hear. Ihab Hassan, "The Right Promethean Fire"
Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life. John Updike, "Self-Consciousness: Memoirs"
Rain is the best policeman. police motto
Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it. Gustave Flaubert, "Pensées de Gustave Flaubert"
Reason is the shepherd trying to corral life's vast flock of wild irrationalities. Paul Eldridge, "Maxims for a Modern Man"
Reason, vi. To weigh probabilities in the scales of desire. Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"
Religion assures us that our afflictions shall have an end; she comforts us, she dries our tears, she promises us another life. On the contrary, in the abominable worship of atheism, human woes are the incense, death is the priest, a coffin the altar, and annihilation the Deity. François-René de Chateaubriand
Religion, opium for the people. To those suffering pain, humiliation, illness, and serfdom, it promised a reward in an afterlife. And now we are witnessing a transformation. A true opium for the people is a belief in nothingness after death--the huge solace of thinking that for our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders we are not going to be judged. Czeslaw Milosz, "Roadside Dog"