“Equality is a moral idea, not an assertion of fact. There is no logically compelling reason for assuming that a factual difference in ability between two people justifies any difference in the amount of consideration we give to their needs and interests. The principle of the equality of human beings is not a description of an alleged actual equality among humans: it is a prescription of how we should treat human beings. ” (Peter Singer, All Animals Are Equal)
“It’s the strangest thing about this church: it is obsessed with sex, absolutely obsessed. Now they will say we with our permissive society and our brute jokes are obsessed – No! We have a healthy attitude. We like it, it’s fun, it’s jolly, because it’s a primal impulse. It can be dangerous and dark and difficult – it’s a bit like food in that respect only even more exciting. The only people who are obsessed with food are anorexics and the morbidly obese. And that, in erotic terms, is the Catholic Church in a nutshell.” (Stephen Fry on Intelligence Squared, The Catholic Church Is a Force for Good, 2009)
“Religion has always been all about the penis […], more evidentially than metaphorically. And I do believe it should be treated as such. […] Religion, like a penis, should never be shown in public, and never forcefully rammed down anybody’s throat – much less that of a child.” (Carlos Celdran on Itelligence Squared, Religion Is Good for Us)
“Great stories happen to people who know how to tell them” – a truth that perfectly sums up the phenomenon that surrounds a former friend of mine, who did in fact not do much more than hang around in cafés and read books but who filled everyone he talked to with envy of his seemingly adventurous and bizarre life.
“He could hear the squirrels now, clawing their way up and down the trees, chasing the birds, scaring them off. Squirrels were assholes. That such asshole creatures could be so physically adorable suggested a major flaw in nature’s schematic.” (Auslander, Shalom. Hope: A Tragedy)