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Quotes of the day: Penn Jillette
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Published Wednesday, March 04, 2015 @ 5:49 PM EST
Mar 04 2015

Penn Fraser Jillette (b. March 5, 1955) is an American magician, juggler, comedian, musician, inventor, actor, and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller in the team Penn & Teller. He is also known for his advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, libertarianism and free-market capitalism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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A two-party system is way too good for those two parties.

America was founded on Christians not trusting each other, and they sometimes seemed more willing to reach out to the godless than to someone from another sect.

Asking someone else to do something immoral is immoral.

Behaving morally because of a hope of reward or a fear of punishment is not morality. Morality is not bribery or threats. Religion is bribery and threats. Humans have morality. We don't need religion.

Believing there's no God means I can't really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That's good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around.

Censorship must be done by the government or it's not censorship.

Channeling is just bad ventriloquism. You use another voice, but people can see your lips moving.

Democracy without respect for individual rights sucks. It's just ganging up against the weird kid, and I'm always the weird kid.

Every nut who kills people has a Bible lying around. If you're looking for violent rape imagery, the Bible's right there in your hotel room. If you just want to look up ways to screw people up, there it is, and you're justified because God told you to.

Freedom means the right to be stupid.

God works in mysterious, inefficient, and breathtakingly cruel ways.

I can read ideas from all different people from all different cultures. Without God, we can agree on reality, and I can keep learning where I'm wrong.

I do believe that a belief in God is crazy, but that doesn't mean that the people who believe in it are crazy. Those are two different things.

I don't travel in circles where people say, 'I have faith, I believe this in my heart and nothing you can say or do can shake my faith.' That's just a long-winded religious way to say, 'shut up,' or another two words that the FCC likes less.

If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again.

If you can just convince the dope people that the gun people are right and the gun people that the dope people are right, we could actually live in a lot more freedom.

If you spend a lot of time lying to people, you think a lot about what the truth means.

It's fair to say that the Bible contains equal amounts of fact, history, and pizza.

It's only the losers named 'Dave' that think having an unusual name is bad, and who cares what they think? They're named 'Dave.'

Mentally ill people come from all belief systems.

My favorite thing about the Internet is that you get to go into the private world of real creeps without having to smell them.

Religion cannot and should not be replaced by atheism. Religion needs to go away and not be replaced by anything.

Science doesn't have a chance until people learn to carry their intelligence the way James Dean carried his cigarette.

The definition of a stupid thing is something that if you do everything right, you still get hurt. Fire-eating and love are stupid things.

The First Amendment says nothing about your getting paid for saying anything. It just says you can say it. I don't believe that if a corporation pulls all the money out of you or a network pulls their money away or you get fired, you're being censored.

Tolerance is you saying something crazy and me smiling and saying, 'That's nice.'

TV networks are dying. The death throes of religion give us jihads. The death throes of television give us reality shows.

Two things have always been true about human beings. One, the world is always getting better. Two, the people living at that time think it's getting worse.

Whatever you do, don't read the Bible for a moral code: it advocates prejudice, cruelty, superstition, and murder. Read it because: we need more atheists- and nothin' will get you there faster than readin' the damn Bible.

When someone is trying to interpret something for you, they always have an agenda.

You can't allow people freedom and then change your mind when the things don't go your way.

You have to be careful as a libertarian because you can sound very Republican.


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