Merely - Quotes


Money and success don`t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.

Will Smith

The religious reply to the moral sceptic`s question, `Why should I behave in such-and-such a way?` is simply `Because God requires it of you.` But this is merely a polite way of saying, `Because you`ll be punished if you don`t. [...] But a threat is never a logical justification for acting one way rather than another. If there exists a deity with the punitive vengefulness of the Judaeo-Christian variety, then it might be prudent to obey it, and thus avoid the flames of hell; but the threat of punishment is not a principled reason for obedience.

A. C. Grayling

It is well known that theoretical physicists cannot handle experimental equipment; it breaks whenever they touch it. Pauli was such a good theoretical physicist that something usually broke in the lab whenever he merely stepped across the threshold.

George Gamow

It is always the case, with mathematics, that a little direct experience of thinking over things on your own can provide a much deeper understanding than merely reading about them.

Roger Penrose

You are not thinking. You are merely being logical.

Niels Bohr

What is there in a name? It is merely an empty basket, until you put something into it.

Charles Babbage

By merely glancing at your face or listening to your tone of voice, others are often more aware of your state of mind and motivations than you are.

Sam Harris

Science is merely an extremely powerful method of winnowing what`s true from what feels good.

Carl Sagan

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

Nelson Mandela

Everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.

Margaret Atwood

It doesn`t seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil - which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.

Richard Feynman

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

William James

It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.

Giordano Bruno

It is merely an accident of history that it is considered normal in our society to believe that the Creator of the universe can hear your thoughts while it is demonstrative of mental illness to believe that he is communicating with you by having the rain tap in Morse code on your bedroom window.

Sam Harris

Be like the fountain that overflows, not like the cistern that merely contains.

Paulo Coelho


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