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George SantayanaFanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

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George Bernard ShawHe is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Blaise PascalMen never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Winston ChurchillA fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Eric HofferThe opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Carl SaganA celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.

—  Carl Sagan, 1934-1996, American astronomer

David Lloyd GeorgeOf all the bigotries that savage the human temper there is none so stupid as the anti-Semitic.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]


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Dave BarryThe problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes.

—  Dave Barry, 1947-, American journalist

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