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It is better to be hated for what one is, than loved for what one is not.
It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but those most responsive to change.
If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.
I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.
Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.
To make changes you have to make some enemies, but you also have to be careful not too make too many enemies. He made far too many enemies.
if you want to do something incredible, something that makes you stand out above the rest, then you have to become comfortable being different from the rest. People will think you’re weird, crazy, selfish, arrogant, irresponsible, obnoxious, stupid, disrespectful, fat, insecure, ugly, shallow, etc. Those closest to you will often become the harshest. If you have weak boundaries or are not confident with your own ideas and desires, then you’re not going to make it very far.
We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.
There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.
Humor is also a way of saying something serious.
I'd always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and would be automatically bestowed upon me as time passed. I never suspected that I would have to learn how to live - that there were specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world I had to master before I could awaken to a simple, happy, uncomplicated life.
There is a secret to live a happy life, but it remains, in fact, a secret.
Reason is non-negotiable. Try to argue against it, or to exclude it from some realm of knowledge, and you've already lost the argument, because you're using reason to make your case. And no, this isn't having "faith" in reason (in the same way that some people have faith in miracles), because we don't "believe" in reason; we use reason.
Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually.
The secret of getting things done is to act!
Evolution has long been badly taught. In particular, students - and even professional biologists - acquire theories of evolution without any deep understanding of what problem these theories attempt to solve. They learn but little of the evolution of evolutionary theory.
You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.
Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
The problem is that no ethical system has ever achieved consensus. Ethical systems are completely unlike mathematics or science. This is a source of concern.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
...parental outbursts of rage or threats of punishment directed to the child, calling him names, speaking to him harshly, shaking him, handling him roughly, or actual physical punishment sometimes elicit such total panic and terror in the child that we must assume more is involved than the physical pain alone.
Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.
The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.
Quando ero piccolo i miei genitori mi volevano talmente bene che mi misero nella culla un orsacchiotto.

Vivo.
You don't have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.
Our social pattern is such that the successful man is not supposed to be afraid or bored or lonely. He must find this world the best of all worlds; in order to have the best chance for promotion he must repress fear as well as doubt, depression, boredom, or hopelessness.
If we value our children, we must cherish their parents.
All of us have a theory about human nature.
Life itself is just a thin coat of paint on the planet, and we hold the paintbrush.
CORPORATION: An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.
the question is not how to get rid of fear, but how to awaken the intelligence with which to face and to understand and go beyond fear.
In my silence only my voice is missing.
He who gives money he has not earned is generous with other people’s labor.
Unless man have a natural bent in accordance with nature's, he has no chance of understanding nature at all.
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!
There is an efficiency inspired by love which goes far beyond and is much greater than the efficiency of ambition; and without love, which brings an integrated understanding of life, efficiency breeds ruthlessness. Is this not what is actually taking place all over the world? Our present education is geared to industrialization and war, its principal aim being to develop efficiency; and we are caught in this machine of ruthless competition and mutual destruction. If education leads to war, if it teaches us to destroy or be destroyed, has it not utterly failed?
Who would I want to read my journal? An insightful, compassionate voyeur, perhaps. Or, maybe I'm secretly writing to/for the god I wish existed, the god I longed for during my childhood and teenage years... Or, I’m writing to that part of myself (and all of us) that can forgive. As if true and original writing makes forgiveness natural.
I think of consciousness as a bottomless lake, whose waters seem transparent, yet into which we can clearly see but a little way.But in this water there are countless objects at different depths; and certain influences will give certain kinds of those objects an upward influence which may be intense enough and continue long enough to bring them into the upper visible layer. After the impulse ceases they commence to sink downwards.
Reason should be destroyed in all Christians.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
I'm such a good lover because I practice a lot on my own.
Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.
The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human business, it is a question of human survival.
Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.
There's no polite way to say to somebody (religious followers) 'Do you realize you've wasted your life?'
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
A puppet is free as long as he loves his strings.
Become aware of your own insufficiency.
One of the most marked features about the law of mind is that it makes time to have a definite direction of flow from past to future.
When people bother you in any way, it is because their souls are trying to get your divine attention and your blessing.
We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition.
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?
Agnostics are people who, like myself, confess themselves to be hopelessly ignorant concerning a variety of matters, about which metaphysicians and theologians, both orthodox and heterodox, dogmatize with the utmost confidence.
It's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.
Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.
One of the great problems of philosophy is the relationship between the realm of knowledge and the realm of values. Knowledge is what is; values are what ought to be.
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. 
In this century we have made remarkable material progress, but basically we are the same as we were thousands of years ago. Our spiritual needs are still very great.
The habit of spending nearly every waking moment lost in thought leaves us at the mercy of whatever our thoughts happen to be. Meditation is a way of breaking this spell.
There are living systems; there is no living "matter." No substance, no single molecule, extracted and isolated from a living being possess, of its own, the aforementioned paradoxical properties. They are present in living systems only; that is to say, nowhere below the level of the cell.
Economy is the art of making the most of life.
Stripped to its essentials, every decision in life amounts to choosing which lottery ticket to buy. . . . Most organisms don't buy lottery tickets, but they all choose between gambles every time their bodies can move in more than one way. They should be willing to 'pay' for information---in tissue, energy, and time---if the cost is lower than the expected payoff in food, safety, mating opportunities, and other resources, all ultimately valuated in the expected number of surviving offspring. In multicellular animals the information is gathered and translated into profitable decisions by the nervous system.
In the transmission of human culture, people always attempt to replicate, to pass on to the next generation the skills and values of the parents, but the attempt always fails because cultural transmission is geared to learning, not DNA.
In individuals madness is a rarity, but in groups, parties, peoples it is the rule.
Theology is ignorance with wings.
The gratest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.
Even if he does occasionally hurt people's feelings -- he occasionally hurts my feelings -- but I'm a big boy. I can get over it. I can argue back. We really need somebody to question the way a university is run.
The minute you succumb to outside pressure, you cease to be creative.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
No one wants to die. Even people that wanna go to heaven don't wanna die to ge there.
I would say that all traditional philosophies up to and including Marxism have tried to derive the 'ought' from the 'is.' My point of view is that this is impossible; this is a farce.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
It is of first-class importance that our answer to the Riddle of the Sphinx should be in step with how we conduct our civilisation, and this should in turn be in step with the actual workings of living systems.
Americans are notoriously ill-informed about evolution. A recent Gallup poll (June 1993) discovered that 47 percent of adult Americans believe that Homo sapiens is a species created by God less than ten thousand years ago.
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
"Never judge a man without putting yourself in his place." This old proverb makes all judgment impossible, for we judge someone only because, in fact, we cannot put ourselves in his place.
Marrying means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.
We can also say: While we can conceive of a sum being composed gradually, as system as total of parts with its interrelations has to be conceived of as being composed instantly.
The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.
To rid yourself of old patterns, focus all your energy not on struggling with the old, but on building the new.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.
There's no doubt that inequality destabilizes societies. I think the social science evidence on that front is crystal clear.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds, And binding with briars my joys and desires.
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