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Sam Harris Quote: “A puppet is free as long as he loves his strings.”

A puppet is free as long as he loves his strings.

— Sam Harris



Sam Harris Quote: “Consider it: every person you have ever met, every person will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?”

Consider it: every person you have ever met, every person will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “You are not controlling the storm, and you are not lost in it. You are the storm.”

You are not controlling the storm, and you are not lost in it. You are the storm.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “As an atheist, I am angry that we live in a society in which the plain truth cannot be spoken without offending 90% of the population.”

As an atheist, I am angry that we live in a society in which the plain truth cannot be spoken without offending 90% of the population.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “To not believe in God is to know that it falls to us to make the world a better place.”

To not believe in God is to know that it falls to us to make the world a better place.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “The habit of spending nearly every waking moment lost in thought leaves us at the mercy of whatever our thoughts happen to be. Meditation is a way of breaking this spell.”

The habit of spending nearly every waking moment lost in thought leaves us at the mercy of whatever our thoughts happen to be. Meditation is a way of breaking this spell.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “Either God can do nothing to stop catastrophes like this, or he doesn’t care to, or he doesn’t exist. God is either impotent, evil, or imaginary. Take your pick, and choose wisely.”

Either God can do nothing to stop catastrophes like this, or he doesn’t care to, or he doesn’t exist. God is either impotent, evil, or imaginary. Take your pick, and choose wisely.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “It is important to realize that our inability to answer a question says nothing about whether the question itself has an answer.”

It is important to realize that our inability to answer a question says nothing about whether the question itself has an answer.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “You don’t get anything worth getting, by pretending to know things you don’t know.”

You don’t get anything worth getting, by pretending to know things you don’t know.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “The core of science is not a mathematical modeling – it is intellectual honesty. It is a willingness to have our certainties about the world constrained by good evidence and good argument.”

The core of science is not a mathematical modeling – it is intellectual honesty. It is a willingness to have our certainties about the world constrained by good evidence and good argument.

— Sam Harris



Sam Harris Quote: “Atheism is just a way of clearing the space for better conversations.”

Atheism is just a way of clearing the space for better conversations.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply a refusal to deny the obvious. Unfortunately, we live in a world in which the obvious is overlooked as a matter of principle.”

Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply a refusal to deny the obvious. Unfortunately, we live in a world in which the obvious is overlooked as a matter of principle.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide that proves they should value evidence. If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument would you invoke to prove they should value logic?”

If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide that proves they should value evidence. If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument would you invoke to prove they should value logic?

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “We are all prisoners of our thoughts.”

We are all prisoners of our thoughts.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “It is time we admitted that we are not at war with terrorism. We are at war with Islam.”

It is time we admitted that we are not at war with terrorism. We are at war with Islam.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “Theology is ignorance with wings.”

Theology is ignorance with wings.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “I know of no society in human history that ever suffered because its people became too desirous of evidence in support of their core beliefs.”

I know of no society in human history that ever suffered because its people became too desirous of evidence in support of their core beliefs.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “People who harbor strong convictions without evidence belong at the margins of our societies, not in our halls of power.”

People who harbor strong convictions without evidence belong at the margins of our societies, not in our halls of power.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “You can do what you decide to do – but you cannot decide what you will decide to do.”

You can do what you decide to do – but you cannot decide what you will decide to do.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “You are using your own moral intuitions to authenticate the wisdom of the Bible – and then, in the next moment, you assert that we human beings cannot possibly rely upon our own intuitions to rightly guide us in the world.”

You are using your own moral intuitions to authenticate the wisdom of the Bible – and then, in the next moment, you assert that we human beings cannot possibly rely upon our own intuitions to rightly guide us in the world.

— Sam Harris



Sam Harris Quote: “The truth is that we simply do not know what happens after death.”

The truth is that we simply do not know what happens after death.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “The problem is that religion tends to give people bad reasons to be good.”

The problem is that religion tends to give people bad reasons to be good.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “We have a choice. We have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That’s it. Conversation and violence. And faith is a conversation stopper.”

We have a choice. We have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That’s it. Conversation and violence. And faith is a conversation stopper.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “Our world is fast succumbing to the activities of men and women who would stake the future of our species on beliefs that should not survive an elementary school education.”

Our world is fast succumbing to the activities of men and women who would stake the future of our species on beliefs that should not survive an elementary school education.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “This is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own.”

This is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “Morality and values depend on the existence of conscious minds – and specifically on the fact that such minds can experience various forms of well-being and suffering in this universe.”

Morality and values depend on the existence of conscious minds – and specifically on the fact that such minds can experience various forms of well-being and suffering in this universe.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “Science is the most durable and nondivisive way of thinking about the human circumstance. It transcends cultural, national, and political boundaries. You don’t have American science versus Canadian science versus Japanese science.”

Science is the most durable and nondivisive way of thinking about the human circumstance. It transcends cultural, national, and political boundaries. You don’t have American science versus Canadian science versus Japanese science.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “If premarital sex is a sin, who is the victim?”

If premarital sex is a sin, who is the victim?

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “The difference between science and religion is the difference between a willingness to dispassionately consider new evidence and new arguments, and a passionate unwillingness to do so.”

The difference between science and religion is the difference between a willingness to dispassionately consider new evidence and new arguments, and a passionate unwillingness to do so.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “We must continually remind ourselves that there is a difference between what is natural and what is actually good for us.”

We must continually remind ourselves that there is a difference between what is natural and what is actually good for us.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “The atheist, by merely being in touch with reality, appears shamefully out of touch with the fantasy life of his neighbors.”

The atheist, by merely being in touch with reality, appears shamefully out of touch with the fantasy life of his neighbors.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “Islam, at the moment, is the motherlode of bad ideas.”

Islam, at the moment, is the motherlode of bad ideas.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “Religious moderation is the product of secular knowledge and scriptural ignorance.”

Religious moderation is the product of secular knowledge and scriptural ignorance.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “The principal tenet of Jainism is non-harming. Observant Jains will literally not harm a fly. Fundamentalist Jainism and fundamentalist Islam do not have the same consequences, neither logically nor behaviorally.”

The principal tenet of Jainism is non-harming. Observant Jains will literally not harm a fly. Fundamentalist Jainism and fundamentalist Islam do not have the same consequences, neither logically nor behaviorally.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “The position of the Muslim community in the face of all provocations seems to be: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn’t, we will kill you.”

The position of the Muslim community in the face of all provocations seems to be: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn’t, we will kill you.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “Everyone who has eyes to see can see that if the God of Abraham exists, He is an utter psychopath – and the God of Nature too. If you can’t see these things just by looking, you have simply closed your eyes to the realities of our world.”

Everyone who has eyes to see can see that if the God of Abraham exists, He is an utter psychopath – and the God of Nature too. If you can’t see these things just by looking, you have simply closed your eyes to the realities of our world.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “Some beliefs are so dangerous that it may be ethical to kill people for believing them.”

Some beliefs are so dangerous that it may be ethical to kill people for believing them.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “Faith enables many of us to endure life’s difficulties with an equanimity that would be scarcely conceivable in a world lit only by reason.”

Faith enables many of us to endure life’s difficulties with an equanimity that would be scarcely conceivable in a world lit only by reason.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.”

The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “The freedom to think out loud on certain topics, without fear of being hounded into hiding or killed, has already been lost.”

The freedom to think out loud on certain topics, without fear of being hounded into hiding or killed, has already been lost.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “Lying is, almost by definition, a refusal to cooperate with others. It condenses a lack of trust and trustworthiness into a single act. It is both a failure of understanding and an unwillingness to be understood. To lie is to recoil from relationship.”

Lying is, almost by definition, a refusal to cooperate with others. It condenses a lack of trust and trustworthiness into a single act. It is both a failure of understanding and an unwillingness to be understood. To lie is to recoil from relationship.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “Reason is nothing less than the guardian of love.”

Reason is nothing less than the guardian of love.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “The moral landscape is the framework I use for thinking about questions of morality and human values in universal terms.”

The moral landscape is the framework I use for thinking about questions of morality and human values in universal terms.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “The second commandment is “Thou shall not construct any graven images.” Is this really the pinnacle of what we can achieve morally? The second most important moral principle for all the generations of humanity?”

The second commandment is “Thou shall not construct any graven images.” Is this really the pinnacle of what we can achieve morally? The second most important moral principle for all the generations of humanity?

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “Jesus Christ – who, as it turns out, was born of a virgin, cheated death, and rose bodily into the heavens – can now be eaten in the form of a cracker.”

Jesus Christ – who, as it turns out, was born of a virgin, cheated death, and rose bodily into the heavens – can now be eaten in the form of a cracker.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “What would our world be like if we ceased to worry about ‘right’ and ‘wrong,’ or ‘good’ and ‘evil,’ and simply acted so as to maximize well-being, our own and that of others? Would we lose anything important?”

What would our world be like if we ceased to worry about ‘right’ and ‘wrong,’ or ‘good’ and ‘evil,’ and simply acted so as to maximize well-being, our own and that of others? Would we lose anything important?

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “All civilized nations must unite in condemnation of a theology that now threatens to destabilize much of the earth.”

All civilized nations must unite in condemnation of a theology that now threatens to destabilize much of the earth.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “You almost never get the pleasure of seeing that you won the argument in real time. People just don’t like to publicly change their minds. They change their minds in private.”

You almost never get the pleasure of seeing that you won the argument in real time. People just don’t like to publicly change their minds. They change their minds in private.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “This is how you play tennis without the net.”

This is how you play tennis without the net.

— Sam Harris


Sam Harris Quote: “If you are perpetually angry, depressed, confused, and unloving, or your attention is elsewhere, it won’t matter how successful you become or who is in your life – you won’t enjoy any of it.”

If you are perpetually angry, depressed, confused, and unloving, or your attention is elsewhere, it won’t matter how successful you become or who is in your life – you won’t enjoy any of it.

— Sam Harris

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