Archive for the ‘Quotations’ Category


“The link between intelligence and religion can be explained if religion is considered an instinct, and intelligence the ability to rise above one’s instincts.”

–Edward Dutton and Dimitri Van der Linden in Evolutionary Psychological Science, quoted by Himanshu Goenka in “Is intelligence linked to disbelief in God?” on both the International Business Times site and Raw Story


“[T]here aren’t any ‘jobs’ left. Just financial engineering and politics. I’m not qualified for either. For one thing, I can’t say ‘meritocracy’ with a straight face. . . . It’s the height of self-serving circular bullshit, isn’t it? We’re the best people we know, we’re on top, therefore we have a meritocracy. How do we know we’re the best? Because we’re on top. QED? The most amazing thing about ‘meritocracy’ is that so many brilliant captains of industry haven’t noticed that it’s made of such radioactive bullshit that you could spot it in orbit.”

–“Hubert, etc.” in Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway

(review coming soon)


Fr. Fish Donald Trump graphic

“Donald Trump is the face of our collective idiocy. He is what lies behind the mask of our professed civility and rationality—a sputtering, narcissistic, bloodthirsty megalomaniac. He wields armies and fleets against the wretched of the earth, blithely ignores the catastrophic human misery caused by global warming, pillages on behalf of global oligarchs and at night sits slack-jawed in front of a television set before opening his “beautiful” Twitter account. He is our version of the Roman emperor Nero . . .”

–Chris Hedges, “Reign of Idiots


“You hammer homers. We hammer beers.”

–anonymous SF Giants fans at the game tonight

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(This is on what would have been my dad’s 104th birthday. He would have approved.)


“If I don’t listen to my imaginary friend, why the fuck should I listen to your imaginary friend?”

–“Elliot Alderson,” hallucinating protagonist of “Mr. Robot” (on religion), eps2.1_k3rnel-pan1c.ksd


Donald Trump

“Trump – who got five deferments from Vietnam – is currently cosplaying as a military man, complete with hat and jacket.”

–Joy Reid (quoted by The Guardian)

“The only jacket Trump should be wearing is a straight jacket.”

Ahmed Tawakal‏ (on Twitter)


Reggie Jackson

“For the right amount of money, you’re willing to eat Alpo.”

–Reggie Jackson, quoted in The Sporting News, February 1, 1988

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(from The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations)

Front cover of "The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations