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The following are quotes:
- “Man's life is a line that nature commands him to describe upon the surface of the earth, without his ever being able to ‘swerve’ from it, even for an instant. He is born without his own consent; his organization does in nowise depend upon himself; his ideas come to him involuntarily; his habits are in the power of those who cause him to contract them; he is unceasingly modified by causes, whether visible or concealed, over which he has no control, which necessarily regulate his mode of existence, give the hue to his way of thinking, and determine his manner of acting. He is good or bad, happy or miserable, wise or foolish, reasonable or irrational, without his ‘will’ being for any thing in these various states. Nevertheless, in despite of the shackles by which he is bound, it is ‘pretended’ he is a free agent, or that independent of the causes by which he is moved, he determines his own will, and regulates his own condition.”
- “All children are born atheists; they have no idea of god.”
- — Baron Holbach (1772), Freethoughts Opposed to Supernatural Ideas (§30)
- “The body is a fortuitous concourse of atoms. There is no death for the body, only an exchange of atoms. Their changing places and taking different forms is what we call 'death.' It's a process which restores the energy level in nature that has gone down. In reality, nothing is born and nothing is dead.”
- — Uppaluri Krishnamurti (c.1970), Source
- Note: viviparous, from Latin vivus meaning "alive" + -parire meaning "bring forth, bear", renders as "live birth", which is a myth-based etymology, a reference to the "vis of Venus" as being behind "life".
- Note: Holbach translated a "whole shelf full" of scientific and philosophical books, including Lucretius' De Rerum Natura (Blum, 2010); the term "swerve" here is code for NO Epicurean swerve, meaning certain atoms do NOT swerve (Epicurus, 300BC) to yield the property of "free will" to humans.
- Pettit, Gordon. (2020). “Baron d’Holbach on Hard Determinism: There is No Free Will” (YT) (1:11-), Gordon Pettit, May 6.
- Holbach, Baron. (1772). Good Sense without God: or Freethoughts Opposed to Supernatural Ideas (§30) (WQ). Amsterdam.
- (a) Chandrasekhar, K. (2005). Stopped in Our Tracks: Stories of U.G. in India (pg. 93). Publisher.
(b) U.G. Krishnamurti – AZQuotes.
(c) Enlightenment is Physical – Surya-world.org.
- born – Wiktionary.