If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.
When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
You know, if we understand one question rightly, all questions are answered. But we don't know how to ask the right question. To ask the right question demands a great deal of intelligence and sensitivity. Here is a question, a fundamental question: is life a torture? It is, as it is; and man has lived in this torture centuries upon centuries, from ancient history to the present day, in agony, in despair, in sorrow; and he doesn't find a way out of it. Therefore he invents gods, churches, all the rituals, and all that nonsense, or he escapes in different ways. What we are trying to do, during all these discussions and talks here, is to see if we cannot radically bring about a transformation of the mind, not accept things as they are, nor revolt against them. Revolt doesn't answer a thing. You must understand it, go into it, examine it, give your heart and your mind, with everything that you have, to find out a way of living differently. That depends on you, and not on someone else, because in this there is no teacher, no pupil; there is no leader; there is no guru; there is no Master, no Saviour. You yourself are the teacher and the pupil; you are the Master; you are the guru; you are the leader; you are everything. And to understand is to transform what is.
You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them — for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.
Science is the most durable and nondivisive way of thinking about the human circumstance. It transcends cultural, national, and political boundaries. You don't have American science versus Canadian science versus Japanese science.
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
What the neurology tells us is that the self consists of many components, and the notion of one unitary self may well be an illusion.
I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.
He who does not fill his world with phantoms remains alone.
Looking out of my window this lovely spring morning I see an azalea in full bloom. No, no! I do not see that; though that is the only way I can describe what I see. That is a proposition, a sentence, a fact; but what I perceive is not proposition, sentence, fact, but only an image which I make intelligible in part by means of a statement of fact. This statement is abstract; but what I see is concrete.
Tyranny destroys or strengthens the individual; freedom enervates him, until he becomes no more than a puppet. Man has more chances of saving himself by hell than by paradise.
Who lacks armament should avoid argument.
The more a man possesses over and above what he uses, the more careworn he becomes.
Thirty years ago, we used to ask: Can a computer simulate all processes of logic? The answer was yes, but the question was surely wrong. We should have asked: Can logic simulate all sequences of cause and effect? And the answer would have been no.
Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
Give me a morality that equally suits the healthy and the sick, men and women, children, adults, and old people.
Nothing exists for itself alone, but only in relation to other forms of life
Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it.
If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.
You are rich if you have enough money to satisfy all your desires. So there are two ways to be rich: you earn, inherit, borrow, beg, or steal enough money to meet all your desires; or you cultivate a simple lifestyle of few desires; that way you always have enough money.
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
A man walking is never in balance, but always correcting for imbalance.
Believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see.
If every man could act as he chose, the whole of history would be a tissue of disconnected accidents.
If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.
I am asking myself what is fear: not what I am afraid of. I lead a certain kind of life; I think in a certain pattern; I have certain beliefs and dogmas and I don't want those patterns of existence to be disturbed because I have my roots in them. I don't want them to be disturbed because the disturbance produces a state of unknowing and I dislike that. If I am torn away from everything I know and believe, I want to be reasonably certain of the state of things to which I am going. So the brain cells have created a pattern and those brain cells refuse to create another pattern which may be uncertain. The movement from certainty to uncertainty is what I call fear.
We dread the future only when we are not sure we can kill ourselves when we want to.
If the myth of pure evil is that evil is committed with the intention of causing harm and an absence of moral considerations, then it applies to very few acts of so-called 'pure evil' because most evildoers believe what they are doing is forgivable or justifiable.
Of course, the liar often imagines that he does no harm as long as his lies go undetected.
The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
We want to make life permanent, but in doing so we go against nature, and there lies our pain. Only the mind which is always moving, without resting places and fixed ideas, can be in tune with life and therefore joyful.
Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?
The hypothesis of God is a peculiar one, in that it supposes an infinitely incomprehensible object, although every hypothesis, as such, supposes its object to be truly conceived in the hypothesis.
To seek wisdom rather than truth. It is more within our grasp.
To use words to sense reality is like going with a lamp to search for darkness.
if any two men desire the same thing, which nevertheless they cannot both enjoy, they become enemies.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
Two starving men cannot be twice as hungry as one; but two rascals can be ten times as vicious as one.
Nessuno vi può dare la libertà. Nessuno vi può dare l'uguaglianza o la giustizia. Se siete uomini, prendetevela.
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
It is as if the stuff of which we are made were totally transparent and therefore imperceptible and as if the only appearances of which we can be aware are cracks and planes of fracture in that transparent matrix. Dreams and percepts and stories are perhaps cracks and irregularities in the uniform and timeless matrix. Was this what Plotinus meant by an 'invisible and unchanging beauty which pervades all things"?
Marriage is the waste-paper basket of the emotions.
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
Time is nature's way of making sure everything doesn't happen at once.
Religious moderation is the product of secular knowledge and scriptural ignorance.
To rid yourself of old patterns, focus all your energy not on struggling with the old, but on building the new.
Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.
What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.
Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.
If in this moment I were to go mad, my madness would consist of sitting always with my eyes staring, my mouth open, and my hands between my knees, without laughing or crying, or even moving except for sheer necessity. I haven't the least urge to conceive a desire, not even for death. . . . This is the first time that noia [boredom or spleen] not only presses and tires me but harries and rips like the sharpest pain.
Self-awareness is a trait that not only makes us human but also paradoxically makes us want to be more than merely human. As I said in my BBC Reith Lectures, “Science tells us we are merely beasts, but we don’t feel like that. We feel like angels trapped inside the bodies of beasts, forever craving transcendence.
The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge.
Love can surmount any obstacle, except the one that marks its end.
I think it is always important to ask fundamental questions, but when we do ask a fundamental question, most of us are seeking an answer, and then the answer is invariably superficial because there is no yes or no answer to life. Life is a movement, an endless movement, and to inquire into this extraordinary thing called life, with all its innumerable aspects, one must ask fundamental questions and never be satisfied with answers, however satisfactory they may be, because the moment you have an answer, the mind has concluded, and conclusion is not life - it is merely a static state. So what is important is to ask the right question and never be satisfied with the answer, however clever, however logical, because the truth of the question lies beyond the conclusion, beyond the answer, beyond the verbal expression. The mind that asks a question and is merely satisfied with an explanation, a verbal statement, remains superficial. It is only the mind that asks a fundamental question and is capable of pursuing that question to the end - it is only such a mind that can find out what is truth.
The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
If you feel obsessed to prove something to the world, then you'd need world attention to be able to prove it.
If you want to get rich, invent a religion,
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.
We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.
We are free to burn the Qur’an or any other book, and to criticize Muhammad or any other human being. Let no one forget it.
It is always easier for one man to solve another man's problem.
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Most people are afraid to stand alone; they are afraid to think things out for themselves, afraid to feel deeply, to explore and discover the whole meaning of life.
Human freedom is not an illusion; it is an objective phenomenon, distinct from all other biological conditions and found in only one species - us.
Creative thought must always contain a random component.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?
An employee within an organization will advance to his or her level of incompetence and remain there.
The percept is the reality. It is not in propositional form. But the most immediate judgment concerning it is abstract. It is therefore essentially unlike the reality, although it must be accepted as true to that reality. Its truth consists in the fact that it is impossible to correct it, and in the fact that it only professes to consider one aspect of the percept.
I define a Sign as anything which is so determined by something else, called its Object, and so determines an effect upon a person, which effect I call its Interpretant, that the latter is thereby mediately determined by the former.
Indeed, the line between perceiving and hallucinating is not as crisp as we like to think. In a sense, when we look at the world, we are hallucinating all the time. One could almost regard perception as the act of choosing the one hallucination that best fits the incoming data.
The wise legislator will only rarely initiate a new rule of behaviour; more usually he will confine himself to affirming in law what has already become the custom of the people.
Modern theory is about objects lower than man; even stars, being common things, are lower than man.
As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.
It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.
I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
The process of comparison and condemnation prevents you from observing, studying. So a real student is one who observes everything in life, outwardly as well as inwardly, without comparing, approving, or condemning.
It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
Conventional physics deals only with closed systems, i.e. systems which are considered to be isolated from their environment... However, we find systems which by their very nature and definition are not closed systems. Every living organism is essentially an open system. It maintains itself in a continuous inflow and outflow, a building up and breaking down of components, never being, so long as it is alive, in a state of chemical and thermodynamic equilibrium but maintained in a so-called steady state which is distinct from the latter.
Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.
There is no greater need in society than that of gossip. It is the principal means of passing the time, which is one of the first necessities of life.
It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
All things living are in search of a better world.
Man's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.
Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
Narratives are not fixed. We change our narratives for ourselves and we change them not necessarily deliberately. In other words, some people do, some people will constantly reconstruct their biography for external purposes, it's a very interesting political ploy.
If you begin by sacrificing yourself to those you love, you will end by hating those to whom you have sacrificed yourself.
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
In our considerations we started with a general definition of "systems" defined as a "set of elements standing in interrelations... No special hypothesis or statement were made about the nature of the system, of its elements or the relations between them. Nevertheless from this purely formal definition of "system" many properties follow which in part are expressed in laws well-known in various fields of science, and in part concern concepts previously regarded as anthropomorphic, vitalistic. or metaphysical. The parallelism of general conceptions or even special laws in different fields therefore is a consequence of the fact that those are concerned with "systems" and that certain general principles apply to systems irrespective of their nature.
The problem is that religion tends to give people bad reasons to be good.
The purpose of our lives is to be happy.