Living on the Bright Side

Brights navigate their time alive on the planet absent conceptions of supernatural agency. As they aim for meaningful lives, they will draw on personal experiences and make their own meanings in life. With a naturalistic worldview, free of supernatural, brights just don’t think of any deities or mystical forces being at large, calling any shots.

So, what do individuals find consequential and keep topmost in their minds as they traverse what life may offer them?

On this web page, we provide a small sampling of “best quotes” recently tendered by individual Brights as personal favorites. Some quotes are tidbits of self-created philosophy. Some are thought provokers. Some are maxims from like-minded persons found appealing. Still other sayings are simply enjoyable thoughts they relish (for reasons only they could explain).

Together, these items illustrate the individuality of Brights as well as the diverse ways that persons with a naturalistic worldview will constitute a “just-one-life-to-live” mindset.

One Bright’s Favorite Quote Contributing Bright
Friendship ain't jus' claspin' hands and saying "Howdy-do".  Friendship grips a feller's heart - An' warms it through an' through.
Lawrence Hawthorne (Writings, 1926)
NSW, Australia
In our amazing universe, the supernatural is superfluous.
Personal philosophy
Georgia, USA
I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
Mark Twain
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
Thomas Paine
Several Brights
UK and USA
I can choose to not be part of the problem by my personal behavior.
Personal philosophy
Arizona, USA
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw
From Maxims for Revolutionists
Ubi dubium, ibi libertas (Where there is doubt, there is freedom)
Anonymous (Latin Proverb)
Don’t always believe what you think.
Personal precept
New Mexico
Prayers are to men as dolls are to children.
Samuel Butler
We are cosmically insignificant, a speck in space and a blink in time, inconceivably unimportant—except to each other, to whom we should therefore be unspeakably precious.
Dale McGowan
Delaware, USA
Save death for last.
Personal precept
Colorado, USA
Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
Bob Marley
Nothing happens in contradiction to nature, only in contradiction to what we know of it. And that’s a place to start. That’s where the hope is.
Chris Carter (writing for a character
in The X-Files, Season 4 episode)
World Citizen
The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is.
Mary Pettibone Poole in A Glass Eye at a Keyhole
Alaska, USA
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
Delos McKown
Mary Catherine
Kentucky, USA
Theists see evidence where there is none. Secularists see nothing until there is some.
Personal observation
That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.
Christopher Hitchens
South Africa
When the going gets weird, the weird turn professional.
Hunter S. Thompson,
From Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
The world is only a blue bag; knock a squeeze out of it while you can.
Eric Cross
From the Tailor in The Tailor and Ansty
I have lived my life and I know now there is no one thing that is true. It is all true.
Ernest Hemingway
From For Whom the Bell Tolls
Illinois, USA
A god doesn't work in mysterious ways; brains work in mysterious ways.
Personal conclusion
Idaho, USA
Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.
Anonymous (in the Washington State
Fruit Growers Association magazine)
BC, Canada
There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.
Alfred Tennyson
New Zealand
It’s a good day when I learn something new; it’s a great day when I learn something new that overturns something I thought I knew.
Kyle Wyatt
California, USA
Things that I felt absolutely sure of but a few years ago, I do not believe now. This thought makes me see more clearly how foolish it would be to expect all men to agree with me.
Fred Van Amburgh
Neither morality nor religion has a monopoly over the other.
Personal conclusion
Ohio, USA
Nature knows not nothing.
Personal conclusion
California, USA
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Robert Heinlein
From Stranger in a Strange Land
Kansas, USA
No one knows what we are caught up in so no one knows what to do about it. This means all religions and philosophies are false - and no one has anything to teach you about these things.
Personal conclusion
M. Scott
Since it is obviously inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most reasonable conclusion is that they are all wrong.
Christopher Hitchens

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