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"I want to perform an unnatural act."

- Lenny Bruce

"I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative. I don't like anything in the mainstream and they don't like me."

- Bill Hicks

"I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.’” Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, “We’re the So-and-Sos,” take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it’s unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don’t participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant."

-George Carlin

"The more I see, the less I know for sure."

- John Lennon

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology - Cory O'Brien, Sarah Melville Here's the thing: I am not easily offended. My favorite comic of all time is George Carlin, I have no problems with porn and cursing, I'm crude, etc. So this book was a great read for me. Those who consider myths holy (or are religious) might want to take a pass on this.But for those who read this book, oh man. You're going to be laughing out loud, reading quotes to your friends, and ultimately you'll want to know more about these myths and the cultures that spawned them. O'Brien explains his humorous take on these myths:"First off, I think anybody who complains that a retelling of a myth is 'inaccurate' doesn't really understand what it means to retell a myth, or probably even what a myth is...hardly anybody has the time to actually sit down and look at how fucking funny these things are. I mean, for a long, LONG time, the difference between a good story and a bad story was whether a bard could memorize it well enough to not get eviscerated by a mead hall full of drunken barbarians. These things are holy, sure, in a way. But they are definitely designated to cater to the lowest common denominator."At the end of the book, O'Brien talks about the theory of the Big Bang and talks about the difference between faith and science:"Some people say that it's that willingness to reject discredited viewsthat willingness to changethat makes science different from religion.I'd say that that willingness to changeis just a tenet of the religion of science"Then concludes the book thusly:"So I guess the moral of the storyis that all you religious people need to stop hating on the scientists, and vice versabecause at the end of the day, we are all unitedby our desire for sweet explosions."BOOM.