Quote by Christopher Hitchens
Forgotten were the elementary rules of logic, that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and that what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.
This quote highlights the importance of applying logical reasoning when evaluating claims or assertions. It cautions against forgetting the basic principles of logic, such as the idea that extraordinary claims should be supported by extraordinary evidence. It also emphasizes that if someone asserts something without providing any evidence, it is equally valid to dismiss it without evidence. In essence, the quote encourages critical thinking and biases towards evidence-based reasoning rather than accepting unfounded claims blindly.
Humans are amphibians...half spirit and half animal...as spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time. This means that while their spirit can be directed to an eternal object, their bodies, passions, and imaginations are in continual change, for to be in time, means to change. Their nearest approach to constancy, therefore, is undulation--the repeated return to a level from which they repeatedly fall back, a series of troughs and peaks.
I'm no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system -- that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality. Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury. A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.