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64,145. Astrology is bullshit. Astrology, yeah, people really believe this star shit. Penn & Teller: Bullshit! s7e2
64,146. Google the word Astrology and you get close to forty million hits. ibid.
116,624. If people were a little more ignorant, astrology would flourish – if a little more enlightened, religion would perish. (Astrology & Religion) Robert G Ingersoll
2,634. It’s so hard to believe in anything anymore. I mean, it’s like, religion, you really can’t take it seriously, because it seems so mythological, it seems so arbitrary ... but, on the other hand, science is just pure empiricism, and by virtue of its method, it excludes metaphysics. I guess I wouldn’t believe in anything anymore if it weren’t for my lucky astrology mood watch. (Science & Religion & Belief & Astrology & Disbelief) Steve Martin
3,495. There is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars. (Star & Astrology & Fault) John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
12,712. Christianity is sun worship based on astrology. (Christianity & Sun & Astrology) Jordan Maxwell, Project Camelot Conference September 2009
26,567. On 10th May one of the strangest episodes in the story of the war occurred. Adolf Hitler’s deputy fuhrer Rudolf Hess parachuted into Scotland alone. Hess claimed that his astrologer had told him that he, Rudolf Hess, was personally destined to be the bringer of peace between Britain and Germany. Hess claimed that in return for a free hand in Europe, Britain would be allowed to retain her empire. The offer was rejected, and Hess was to spend the rest of his life in captivity. (World War II & Astrology & Nazis: Hess) World War II: The Complete History: The World Shall Hold Its Breath
27,935. Hess meanwhile had taken up astrology. (Nazis & Astrology) Hitler’s Henchmen: Hess
33,669. After the shooting Nancy turned to an astrologer named Joan Quigley in California ... The President’s schedule to some extent was dictated by an astrologer. (Reagan & Assassinations & Astrology) Sam Donaldson
33,684. Every morning Nancy and I turn to see what he [Carroll Righter] has to say about people of our respective birth signs. (Reagan & Astrology) Ronald Reagan 1965 autobiography
33,697. I'd heard my parents [Ronald and Nancy Reagan] read their horoscopes aloud at the breakfast table, but that seemed pretty innocuous to me. Occasionally, I read mine, too – usually so I can do the exact opposite of what it says. But my parents have done what the stars suggested – altered schedules, changed travel plans, stayed home, cancelled appearances. (Reagan & Astrology) Patti Davis
33,712. Virtually every major move and decision the Reagans made during my time as White House Chief of Staff was cleared in advance with a woman in San Francisco who drew up horoscopes to make certain that the planets were in a favorable alignment for the enterprise. (Reagan & Astrology) Donald Regan, For the Record: From Wall Street to Washington
33,713. Emerging from a particularly credulous Southern California culture, Nancy and Ronald Reagan relied on an astrologer in private and public matters – unknown to the voting public. Some portion of the decision-making that influences the future of our civilization is plainly in the hands of charlatans. (Reagan & Astrology) Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World
64,161. The intellectual foundations of astrology were swept away three hundred years ago, and yet astrology is still taken seriously by a great many people. Professor Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan, Cosmos: Harmony of the Worlds, 1979
64,162. It seems to lend a cosmic significance to the routine of our daily lives. It pretends to satisfy our longing to feel personally connected with the universe. Astrology suggests a dangerous fatalism. If our lives are controlled by a set of traffic signals in the sky, why try to change anything? ibid.
56,603. The Babylonians invented astrology as we know it today. (Babylon & Astrology) The Babylon Mystery: Nebuchadnezzar
62,643. The modern ideas about the Age of Pisces or the Age of Aquarius are based upon the location of the vernal equinox in the regions of the stars of those constellations. But the regions, the borders between those constellations, are a completely modern convention of the International Astronomical Union for the purpose of mapping and never had any astrological significance. (Age & Astrology) Dr Noel M Swerdlow
62,644. The Precession of the Equinoxes – the ancient Egyptians along with other cultures long before them noticed that approximately every 2100 years the sunrise on the morning of the Spring Equinox would appear in a different sign of the Zodiac ... They referred to every 2100-year period as an Age ... And in and around A.D. 2150 we will enter a new age – the age of Aquarius. (Age & Astrology & Aquarius & Zodiac) Peter Joseph, Zeitgeist
64,147. Astrology is so pervasive that just about everyone has been indoctrinated with the alleged character of their star sign. Richard Dawkins, Enemies of Reason: Slaves to Superstition
64,148. A full quarter of the British population claim to believe in Astrology. That’s more than believe in any one of the gods touted by religions. ibid.
64,149. Astrology is a primitive belief system made into elaborate pseudo- science. It arrogantly makes humans the focal point of the universe. The movement of planets is supposed to signify petty developments in our career or love life. It was developed in the second century A.D. by the philosopher Claudius Ptolemy and has not moved on since despite the discovery of new planets and despite a shift in the Earth’s rotational axis that has thrown Ptolemy’s zodiac out by twenty-three degrees. It never made sense when it was first invented, and it makes even less sense now. ibid.
64,150. I believe Astrology misleads the public, denies scientific progress and belittles our universe. ibid.
64,151. Astrology is made up. People just dream it up out of their heads, and they’re basically doing a con trick. Professor Richard Dawkins, interview Solar Empire: Heaven’s Above
64,176. We should take astrology seriously. No, I don’t mean we should believe in it. I am talking about fighting it seriously instead of humouring it as a piece of harmless fun. Richard Dawkins
64,152. Astrology is a disease, not a science. Moses ben Maimon, Laws of Repentance
64,153. There was a star danced, and under that was I born. William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing II i 351
64,154. No, I was not born under a rhyming planet. ibid. V ii 40
64,155. My stars shine darkly over me. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night II I 2, Sebastian
64,156. These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us. William Shakespeare, The History of King Lear I ii @103
64,157. This is the excellent foppery of the world: that when we are sick in fortune – often the surfeit of our own behavior – we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars, as if we were villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, and treacherers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience to planetary influence, and all that we are evil in by a divine thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of stars! ibid. I ii
64,158. It is the stars,
The stars above us govern our conditions,
Else one self mate and make could not beget
Such different issues. William Shakespeare ibid. IV ii 33-36, Kent
64,159. The natural world is wonderful enough, more wonderful than anything conjured by the fools who believe in astrology or the supernatural. Christopher Hitchens, lecture Authors@Google.com
64,160. Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother. (Astrology & Superstition & Religion) Voltaire
64,163. Who needs astrology? The wise man gets by on fortune cookies. Edward Abbey
64,164. A wise man shall overrule his stars, and have a greater influence upon his own content than all the constellations and planets of the firmament. Jeremy Taylor
64,165. I don’t believe in astrology. I’m a Sagittarius and we’re sceptical. Arthur C Clarke
64,166. I don’t believe in astrology. The only stars I can blame for my failures are those that walk about the stage. Noel Coward
64,167. No date prefixed directs me in the starry rubric set. John Milton
64,184. The oracles are dumb,
No voice or hideous hum
Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving.
Apollo from his shrine
Can no more divine,
With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving.
No nightly trance or breathèd spell,
Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the prophetic cell. John Milton Hymn 19:173