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The truth is something that burns. It burns off dead wood. And people don't like having the dead wood burnt off, often because they're 95 percent dead wood.
Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life.
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.
Never argue with idiots... They bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.
Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.
It may be true that the unexamined life is not worth living-but neither is the unlived life worth examining.
These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I’m not downplaying 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.
The man who will not act until he knows all will never act at all.
Not what man knows but what man feels, concerns art. All else is science.
Mathematics is distinguished from all other sciences except only ethics, in standing in no need of ethics.
Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
Biologically, life is not maintenance or restoration of equilibrium but is essentially maintenance of disequilibria, as the doctrine of the organism as open system reveals. Reaching equilibrium means death and consequent decay. Psychologically, behaviour not only tends to release tensions but also builds up tensions; if this stops, the patient is a decaying mental corpse in the same way a living organism becomes a body in decay when tensions and forces keeping it from equilibrium have stopped.
The problem is not that religious people are stupid. It's not that religious fundamentalists are stupid. I happen to think that you can be so well educated that you can build a nuclear bomb, and still get--and still believe that you will get the 72 virgins in paradise--that is the problem. The problem is that--religion--because it has been sheltered from criticism as it has been--allows people--perfectly sane, perfectly intelligent people--to believe en masse, what only idiots or lunatics could believe in isolation.
Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.
Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice.
As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.
History is made by historians. No event becomes a historic event unless historians turn it into one.
A person who believes that Elvis is still alive is very unlikely to get promoted to a position of great power and responsibility in our society. Neither will a person who believes that the holocaust was a hoax. But people who believe equally irrational things about God and the bible are now running our country. This is genuinely terrifying.
I have nothing to declare but my genius.
Once there was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time is called the Dark Ages.
My words will either attract a strong mind or offend a weak one.
I will help you to approach if you approach, and to keep away if you keep away.
The old dreams were good dreams; they didn't work out but I'm glad I had them.
To suppose universal laws of nature capable of being apprehended by the mind and yet having no reason for their special forms, but standing inexplicable and irrational, is hardly a justifiable position. Uniformities are precisely the sort of facts that need to be accounted for. Law is par excellence the thing that wants a reason. Now the only possible way of accounting for the laws of nature, and for uniformity in general, is to suppose them results of evolution.
The one [the logician] studies the science of drawing conclusions, the other [the mathematician] the science which draws necessary conclusions.
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.
Nothing we can do can change the past, but everything we do changes the future.
A drunk was in front of a judge. The judge says "You've been brought here for drinking. The drunk says "Okay, let's get started.
History isn’t a single narrative, but thousands of alternative narratives. Whenever we choose to tell one, we are also choosing to silence others.
A true proposition is a proposition belief which would never lead to such disappointment so long as the proposition is not understood otherwise than it was intended.
Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures.
We cannot learn real patience and tolerance from a guru or a friend. They can be practiced only when we come in contact with someone who creates unpleasant experiences. According to Shantideva, enemies are really good for us as we can learn a lot from them and build our inner strength.
The definition of definition is at bottom just what the maxim of pragmatism expresses.
Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.
Marrying means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
Marriage is the waste-paper basket of the emotions.
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That - with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word 'success' - is our national disease.
A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
You say you love your wife. You depend on her; she has given you her body, her emotions, her encouragement, a certain feeling of security and well-being. Then she turns away from you; she gets bored or goes off with someone else, and your whole emotional balance is destroyed, and this disturbance, which you don’t like, is called jealousy. There is pain in it, anxiety, hate and violence. So what you are really saying is, ‘As long as you belong to me I love you but the moment you don’t I begin to hate you.
I will act as if what i do makes a difference.
All civilized nations must unite in condemnation of a theology that now threatens to destabilize much of the earth.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
I think governments can't do much.
People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.
There is nothing more dangerous than a philosopher who wants to change the world
To compare is the very nature of a mind that is not awake to discover what is true.
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. 
People run in packs because they don't feel safe alone. I run alone because I don't feel safe in packs.
A person does what he does because he sees the world as he sees it.
Peace can come only when there is love.
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
We should chiefly depend not upon that department of the soul which is most superficial and fallible (our reason), but upon that department that is deep and sure, which is instinct.
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues. 
All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
I can be friends with people only when they are at their lowest point and have neither the desire nor the strength to restore their habitual sentimental illusions.
Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reason.
The poor, by thinking unceasingly of money, reach the point of losing the spiritual advantages of non-possession, thereby sinking as low as the rich.
If we value our children, we must cherish their parents.
To me, Mother Nature isn't nearly as scary as human nature.
Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.
BOUNDARY: In political geography, an imaginary line between two nations, separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary rights of another.
Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.
Emotions are enmeshed in the neural networks of reason.
He who learns and learns and yet does not know what he knows, is one who plows and plows yet never sows.
Thinking is difficult, so most of us judge.
Happiness is a state of mind.
There is direction but there is no destination.
People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Poverty is the mother of crime.
The only link between the verbal and objective world is exclusively structural, necessitating the conclusion that the only content of all "knowledge" is structural. Now structure can be considered as a complex of relations, and ultimately as multi-dimensional order. From this point of view, all language can be considered as names for unspeakable entities on the objective level, be it things or feelings, or as names of relations. In fact... we find that an object represents an abstraction of a low order produced by our nervous system as the result of a sub-microscopic events acting as stimuli upon the nervous system.
Photography is a kind of virtual reality, and it helps if you can create the illusion of being in an interesting world.
Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future.
In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. 
It is taboo in our society to criticize a persons religious faith... these taboos are offensive, deeply unreasonable, but worse than that, they are getting people killed. This is really my concern. My concern is that our religions, the diversity of our religious doctrines, is going to get us killed. I'm worried that our religious discourse- our religious beliefs are ultimately incompatible with civilization.
As I said, relationship has true significance only when it is a process of self-revelation, when it is revealing oneself in the very action of relationship. But most of us do not want to be revealed in relationship.
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
The characteristic of the organism is first that it is more than the sum of its parts and second that the single processes are ordered for the maintenance of the whole.
Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
You can be highly concentrated on a person, on a problem, and be so good at excluding all other material that that becomes not just the focus of your experience, but practically the sole content of your experience, everything else falling by the wayside.
Not a single one of the cells that compose you knows who you are, or cares.
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. 
Life is a continuous flux. Our nonhuman ancestors bred, generation after generation, and incrementally begat what we now deem to be the species homo sapiens - ourselves. There is nothing about our ancestral line or about our current biology that dictates how we will evolve in the future. Nothing in the natural order demands that our descendants resemble us in any particular way. Very likely, they will not resemble us. We will almost certainly transform ourselves, likely beyond recognition, in the generations to come.
Our mind is our main limitation.
Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.
There are so many attention whores out there, prostituting for people's acknowledgment.
I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings.
The beauty of reason is that it can always be applied to understand failures of reason.
In order to disprove the assertion that all crows are black, one white crow is sufficient.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Life has become better, and no one seems to know about it.
Works of genius have this in common, that even when they vividly capture the nothingness of things, when they clearly show and make us feel the inevitable unhappiness of life, and when they express the most terrible despair, nonetheless to a great soul -- though he find himself in a state of extreme duress, disillusion, nothingness, noia, and despair of life, or in the bitterest and deadliest misfortunes (caused by deep feelings or whatever) -- these works always console and rekindle enthusiasm; and though they treat or represent only death, they give back to him, at least temporarily, that life which he had lost.
I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.
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