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... he stood on the flat road to heaven and buttered slides to hell for all the rest.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) on George Santayana (1863-1952), American philosopher
... one of the most depraved, vicious and revolting humbugs who ever escaped from a nightmare or a lunatic asylum.
Preston Sturges on Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)
A liar and a father of lies.
Dante (1265-1321) on the Devil
A parish Demagogue.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) on Jesus
A philosophizing serpent.
Horace Walpole (1717-97), letterist and memoirist, on Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97), British feminist
Actually I always loathed the Viennese quack. I used to stalk him down dark alleys of thought, and now we shall never forget the sight of old, flustered Freud seeking to unlock his door with the point of his umbrella.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) on Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
Against Locke's philosophy I think it an unanswerable objection that, although he carried his throat about with him in this world for seventy-two years, no man ever condescended to cut it.
Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859), British writer, in 'On Murder Considered As One of the Fine Arts' (1827), on John Locke (1632-1704): English philosopher
Con philosophers, analysts, God and the devil* I must believe in the Apostolic Succession, there being no other way of accounting for the descent of the Bishop of Exeter from Judas Iscariot.
Revd Sydney Smith (1771-1845) on the Bishop of Exeter
God is the only being who, in order to rule, does not need even to exist.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-67)
Hume's philosophy, whether true or false, represents the bankruptcy of eighteenth-century reasonableness.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) on David Hume (1711-76), Scottish philosopher
I have no patience whatever with these Gorilla damnifications of humanity.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) on Charles Darwin (1809-82)
If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which he has inflicted on men, he would kill himself.
Alexandre Dumas fils (1824-95)
Luther was the foulest of monsters.
Pope Gregory XV on Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Man is quite insane. He wouldn't know how to create a maggot, and he creates Gods by the dozen.
Michel de Montaigne (1533-92) on man
Maybe it would have been better if neither of us had been born.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) on Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78)
My prayer to God is a very short one: 'Oh, Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' God has granted it.
Voltaire (1694-1778)
No one ever made more trouble than 'Gentle Jesus, meek and mild'.
James M. Gillis on Jesus
Plato is a bore.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)
She is an infidel... a vulgar and foolish one.
John Ruskin (1819-1900), art critic and author, on Harriet Martineau (1802-76), British feminist and writer
Smug Sydney.
Lord Byron (1788-1824) on the Revd Sydney Smith

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