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A.J. Ayer Quotes

No morality can be founded on authority, even if the authority were divine.
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When one buys a pair of shoes, one is buying three things, the right shoe, the left shoe and the pair.

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I do not believe in God. It seems to me that theists of all kinds have very largely failed to make their concept of a deity intelligible; and to the extent that they have made it intelligible, they have given us no reason to think that anything answers to it.

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To predict tomorrow's weather, I need not take into account the state of mind of the Emperor of Manchukuo.

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The ground for taking ignorance to be restrictive of freedom is that it causes people to make choices which they would not have made if they had seen what the realization of their choices involved.

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No morality can be founded on authority, even if the authority were divine.

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I saw a Divine Being. I'm afraid I'm going to have to revise all my various books and opinions.

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We say that a sentence is factually significant to any given person, if, and only if, he knows how to verify the proposition which it purports to express.

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The misfortunes which God is represented in the book of Job as allowing Satan to inflict on Job, merely to test his faith, are indications, if not of positive malevolence, at least of a suspicious and ruthless insecurity, which is characteristic more of a tyrant than of a wholly powerful and benevolent deity.

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A prevalent fallacy is the assumption that a proof of an afterlife would also be a proof of the existence of a deity. This is far from being the case. If, as I hold, there is no good reason to believe that a god either created or presides over this world, there is equally no good reason to believe that a god created or presides over the next world, on the unlikely supposition that such a thing exists.

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Theism is so confused and the sentences in which "God" appears so incoherent and so incapable of verifiability or falsifiability that to speak of belief or unbelief, faith or unfaith, is logically impossible.

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The traditional disputes of philosophers are, for the most part, as unwarranted as they are unfruitful.

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It appears, then, that ethics, as a branch of knowledge, is nothing more than a department of psychologyand sociology.

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There never comes a point where a theory can be said to be true. The most that one can claim for any theory is that it has shared the successes of all its rivals and that it has passed at least one test which they have failed.

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