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A friend of mine posted on FB:
Bubz Michalek
Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe abd he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he'll have to touch to be sure.

And I agreed:
Every time. Teach "Nature" at a cub scout, take them around and say, "Now, I'm going to show you poison ivy, so you can avoid it," and as you point, get ready to slap away at least three little hands!
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"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." —George Orwell
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I speak my mind because it hurts to bite my tongue.
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Acceptance Speech for the Margaret Edwards Award:

Truth is what is true, and it's not necessarily factual. Truth and fact are not the same thing. Truth does not contradict or deny facts, but it goes through and beyond facts. This is something that it is very difficult for some people to understand. Truth can be dangerous.
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"Measured objectively, what a man can wrest from Truth by passionate striving is utterly infinitesimal. But the striving frees us from the bonds of the self and makes us comrades of those who are the best and the greatest."  -- Albert Einstien
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I cribbed this from  , but think they're good rules for everyone:

* There is more to moral behavior than mindlessly following rules.
* Be especially skeptical of positive claims.
* If you want your life to have some sort of meaning, it's up to you to find it.
* Search for what is true, even if it makes you uncomfortable.
* Make the most of your life, as it's probably the only one you'll have.
* It's no good relying on some external power to change you; you must change yourself.
* Just because something's popular doesn't mean it's good.
* Assume nothing
* Don't believe things just because you want them to be true.

and finally (and most importantly):

* All beliefs should be open to question.
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Tell the truth, shame the devil. Fran├žois Rabelais
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Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

--Winston Churchill


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