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Penn Jillette Quote: “You get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right.”

You get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Luck is statistics taken personally.”

Luck is statistics taken personally.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “World War II proves there’s no God.”

World War II proves there’s no God.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “We are only here for a little while, and our bodies belong to ourselves and no one else.”

We are only here for a little while, and our bodies belong to ourselves and no one else.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “This I believe: I believe there is no God.”

This I believe: I believe there is no God.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “The end never justifies the means because there is no end; there are only means.”

The end never justifies the means because there is no end; there are only means.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “God works in mysterious, inefficient, and breathtakingly cruel ways.”

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

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Penn Jillette Quote: “My whole take on libertarianism is simply that I don’t know what’s best for other people.”

My whole take on libertarianism is simply that I don’t know what’s best for other people.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Democracy without respect for individual rights sucks. It’s just ganging up against the weird kid, and I’m always the weird kid.”

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

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Penn Jillette Quote: “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.”

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.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “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.”

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.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Religion cannot and should not be replaced by atheism. Religion needs to go away and not be replaced by anything. Atheism is not a religion. It’s the absence of religion, and that’s a wonderful thing.”

Religion cannot and should not be replaced by atheism. Religion needs to go away and not be replaced by anything. Atheism is not a religion. It’s the absence of religion, and that’s a wonderful thing.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Only Atheists have morals, the religious have reward and punishment. That’s not morality, that’s sucking up.”

Only Atheists have morals, the religious have reward and punishment. That’s not morality, that’s sucking up.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people.”

Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Cars mean nothing to me. I’m not a car guy.”

Cars mean nothing to me. I’m not a car guy.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “I’m an amazing mama’s boy.”

I’m an amazing mama’s boy.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Everybody is designing magic iPhone apps that do things that are really, really beautiful, but a really important thing about magic is that the gimmick has to be ugly.”

Everybody is designing magic iPhone apps that do things that are really, really beautiful, but a really important thing about magic is that the gimmick has to be ugly.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Love and respect all people. Hate and destroy all faith.”

Love and respect all people. Hate and destroy all faith.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “I love the idea that horror and fear is a celebration of health and life.”

I love the idea that horror and fear is a celebration of health and life.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Everyday is an atheist holiday.”

Everyday is an atheist holiday.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Tolerance is you saying something crazy and me smiling and saying, ‘That’s nice.’”

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

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Everyone’s goals are the same with very small differences. I mean, the goal of a socialist and the goal of a libertarian are exactly the same. The goals are happiness and security and freedom, and you balance those.”

Everyone’s goals are the same with very small differences. I mean, the goal of a socialist and the goal of a libertarian are exactly the same. The goals are happiness and security and freedom, and you balance those.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “The highest ideals are human intelligence, creativity and love. Respect these above all.”

The highest ideals are human intelligence, creativity and love. Respect these above all.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “When someone is trying to interpret something for you, they always have an agenda.”

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

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Penn Jillette Quote: “The purpose of art is to collide the intellectual and visceral together at the highest speed possible.”

The purpose of art is to collide the intellectual and visceral together at the highest speed possible.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Every poker player is smarter than me.”

Every poker player is smarter than me.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Mentally ill people come from all belief systems.”

Mentally ill people come from all belief systems.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Thou shalt not take anything on faith.”

Thou shalt not take anything on faith.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Every nut who kills people has a Bible lying around.”

Every nut who kills people has a Bible lying around.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “When you tell other people to do stuff they don’t know how to do, they tend to freak out.”

When you tell other people to do stuff they don’t know how to do, they tend to freak out.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.”

I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “A famous monk once said, I don’t always know what the right thing to do is, my Lord, but I think the fact that I want to please you pleases you.”

A famous monk once said, I don’t always know what the right thing to do is, my Lord, but I think the fact that I want to please you pleases you.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “If there’s something you really want to believe, that’s what you should question the most.”

If there’s something you really want to believe, that’s what you should question the most.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “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.”

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.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “The whole world is pretending the breakthrough is in technology. The bottleneck is really in art.”

The whole world is pretending the breakthrough is in technology. The bottleneck is really in art.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered, and if we’re compassionate we’ll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint.”

People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered, and if we’re compassionate we’ll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Atheism is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby.”

Atheism is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “So many people say, ‘You know, your taxes aren’t taken by force,’ and that’s foolish. If you don’t pay your taxes and you don’t answer the warrant and you don’t go to court, eventually someone will pull a gun. Eventually someone with a gun will show up.”

So many people say, ‘You know, your taxes aren’t taken by force,’ and that’s foolish. If you don’t pay your taxes and you don’t answer the warrant and you don’t go to court, eventually someone will pull a gun. Eventually someone with a gun will show up.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “There are two things that have been true throughout history in big hunks. You can find differences in ten years, but in 50 year hunks, 100 years hunks, you’ll find two things to be true. One, the world is always getting better. Two, people always think it’s getting worse.”

There are two things that have been true throughout history in big hunks. You can find differences in ten years, but in 50 year hunks, 100 years hunks, you’ll find two things to be true. One, the world is always getting better. Two, people always think it’s getting worse.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Direct confrontation, direct conversation is real respect. And it’s amazing how many people get that.”

Direct confrontation, direct conversation is real respect. And it’s amazing how many people get that.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Building a professional relationship on respect as opposed to affection is a very good idea. Running your art projects the way you’d run a dry-cleaning business is also a really good idea. You shouldn’t go into work like you’re going on a date, like you’re hanging out with friends.”

Building a professional relationship on respect as opposed to affection is a very good idea. Running your art projects the way you’d run a dry-cleaning business is also a really good idea. You shouldn’t go into work like you’re going on a date, like you’re hanging out with friends.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Exploration of space is worth it because humans need to explore. Knowledge is always good, and it’s a really cool thing to see.”

Exploration of space is worth it because humans need to explore. Knowledge is always good, and it’s a really cool thing to see.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize?”

How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize?

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Penn Jillette Quote: “You can’t stop insane people from doing insane things with insane laws. That’s insane!”

You can’t stop insane people from doing insane things with insane laws. That’s insane!

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Penn Jillette Quote: “I think voting for the lesser of two evils in game theory always leads to more evil.”

I think voting for the lesser of two evils in game theory always leads to more evil.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “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 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.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “Computers absolutely changed my life. Before I had a computer, I had never written one thing. Not one thing. I’m a very bad speller and I was embarrassed by that. When I would type, the little mistakes would make me nutty, and I would never edit anything.”

Computers absolutely changed my life. Before I had a computer, I had never written one thing. Not one thing. I’m a very bad speller and I was embarrassed by that. When I would type, the little mistakes would make me nutty, and I would never edit anything.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “You don’t have to be brave or a saint, a martyr, or even very smart to be an atheist. All you have to be able to say is “I don’t know”.”

You don’t have to be brave or a saint, a martyr, or even very smart to be an atheist. All you have to be able to say is “I don’t know”.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “My tolerance for crazy people is, I think, high a tolerance as you’re ever going to find. I love being around David Allen Coe. I would have loved to hang out with Tiny Tim. I can listen to Sun Ra on a tape-recording rant.”

My tolerance for crazy people is, I think, high a tolerance as you’re ever going to find. I love being around David Allen Coe. I would have loved to hang out with Tiny Tim. I can listen to Sun Ra on a tape-recording rant.

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Penn Jillette Quote: “I was about 12 when I heard my first Lenny Bruce record. He was already dead. But it changed my life and really did change the world.”

I was about 12 when I heard my first Lenny Bruce record. He was already dead. But it changed my life and really did change the world.

— Penn Jillette

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