He (W.) is unusually incurious, abnormally unintelligent, amazingly inarticulate, fantastically uncultured, extraordinarily uneducated, and apparently quite proud of all these things.

- Christopher Hitchens (2001) ·

The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.

- Christopher Hitchens (2001) ·

Beware the irrational, however seductive.

Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself.

Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others.

Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish.

Picture all experts as if they were mammals.

Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity.

Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence.

Suspect your own motives, and all excuses.

Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.

- Christopher Hitchens (2001) ·

I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.

- Stephen Hawking (2001) ·