Penn Jillette: Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!
We all want happiness for our children, but they don`t have to be happy about everything all the time. Life must include sadness, and there`s peace and truth to be found in sadness. The best times are not always the happiest times, but the times spent in the flow, the times spent getting things done, the times spent living.
You have no chance of scaring me with death, because all the fear possible is contained in life.
Death is nothing. I`m not afraid of nothing. But time passing is something different. I`m terrified of time passing. I tremble at the thought of my little girl growing up. I can`t face my son growing stronger than me and helping me up the stairs. I quake at the prospect of looking at my adult children`s faces with eyesight worse than I have now.
My desire for something impossible does not make it less impossible.
Wanting to believe something is not any reason at all to believe it. If anything, it`s a reason to question it.
We must always remember that we can never know what`s in someone else`s heart, but in order to function, we must guess.
I hope no one reading this book thinks that "The exception proves the rule" means that if you have an exception, it means the rule is true. That`s just bugnutty. I had it explained to me as "The exception tests the rule." Also not true. The exception does not test the rule - it disproves the rule.
Blackmail is just stock options; they are worth nothing unless I happen to believe they`re worth something.
The closer you come to death, the better the story.
No one in showbiz works as hard as anyone with a real job.
Life speeds by and no matter how much joy there is, there is sadness.
Only atheists can be moral. If you`re doing it for reward or to avoid punishment, it`s not morality.
Nothing but the feeling of mattering matters. That feeling is life.
One of the big reliefs for the atheist is not having to worry about what to hope, wish, and pray for. Did I want to pray for my mother`s suffering to end? Did I want to hope for her death? I didn`t have to worry about that. I could hope one day that she`d live longer so I could talk to her, and wish the next day that she would die and not have to suffer her paralysis and physical loss any longer. My wishing and hoping were inert; I could let them run wild. I could use them as pure solace.
An unexamined life is not worth living, but an electronically recorded life is not lived at all.