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The political world of the fellow who fits perfectly Carl Sagan's warning of a bamboozler deepens, and we have to be thankful that it is not hidden from us. However, of course, there are great quotations than aren't so deeply troubling.

Don't do something permanently stupid because you're temporarily upset. - Curmudgeon
As I mentioned in the blog about Carl Sagan's dire warnings from beyond the grave, I have a habit of collecting quotations.

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Professor PZ Myers ... 'Rethinking the world isn't an option. Photograph by Mark Schierbecker, and borrowed from Wikipedia with thanks.

Do let me share a couple with you. I have this one, from my brother, Chris, in Gore, in the deep south of New Zealand, pinned up in the kitchen, 'Every step is one step closer.'

This observation by Curmudgeon on Scuttlebutt Sailing News last month is well worth remembering, 'Don't do something permanently stupid because you're temporarily upset.'

Another quotation that appeals, particularly in these politically-troubled times, goes, 'When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.'

The quotation comes from Bayard Rustin, a civil rights activist (17 Mar 1912-1987).

Religion often being such a challenge to society, a thought by biology Professor 'PZ' Myers (born 9 Mar 1957) earns its place in my collection. 'If you've got a religious belief that withers in the face of observations of the natural world, you ought to rethink your beliefs - rethinking the world isn't an option.'

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