We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
The game of science is, in principle, without end. He who decides one day that scientific statements do not call for any further test, and that they can be regarded as finally verified, retires from the game.
He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet.
Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.
The behaviour of an individual can be understood only in terms of the behavior of the whole social group of which he is a member, since his individual acts are involved in larger, social acts which go beyond himself and which implicate the other members of that group.
A child shows his toy, a man hides his.
The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
SEX: The most fun you can have without laughing.
Reality is not confined to a single discipline.
We're living in primate heaven. We're warm, dry, we're not hungry, we don't have fleas and ticks and infections. So why are we so miserable?
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Indeed, religion allows people to imagine that their concerns are moral when they are highly immoral - that is, when pressing these concerns inflicts unnecessary and appalling suffering on innocent human beings. This explains why Christians like yourself expend more "moral" energy opposing abortion than fighting genocide. It explains why you are more concerned about human embryos than about the lifesaving promise of stem-cell research. And it explains why you can preach against condom use in sub-Saharan Africa while millions die from AIDS there each year.
If you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.
We are told that when Jehovah created the world he saw that it was good. What would he say now?
Time is just memory mixed in with Desire.
History isn’t a single narrative, but thousands of alternative narratives. Whenever we choose to tell one, we are also choosing to silence others.
To have intelligence there must be freedom, and you cannot be free if you are constantly being urged to become like some hero, for then the hero is important and not you.
Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
Peace is the break between two wars.
It is necessary to study not only parts and processes in isolation, but also to solve the decisive problems found in organization and order unifying them, resulting from dynamic interaction of parts, and making the the behavoir of the parts different when studied in isolation or within the whole...
To me there's no real difference between a fortune teller or a fortune cookie and any of the organized religions. They're all equally valid or invalid, really. And equally helpful.
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
Language is a window into human nature, but it is also a fistula, an open wound through which we're exposed to an infectious world.
I always tell people that religious institutions and political institutions should be separate. So while I'm telling people this, I myself continue with them combined. Hypocrisy!
We know the meaning so long as no one asks us to define it.
Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.
In strong wind, even turkeys can fly.
Our rulers, who rule our symbols, and so rule a symbolic class of life, impose their own infantilism on our instituitions, educational methods, and doctrines. This leads to maladjustment of the incoming generations which, being born into, are forced to develop under the un-natural (for man) semantic conditions imposed on them. In turn, they produce leaders afflicted with the old animalistic limitations. The vicious circle is completed; it results in a general state of human un-sanity, reflected again in our instituitions. And so it goes, on and on.
One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.
Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.
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We have a choice. We have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That's it. Conversation and violence. And faith is a conversation stopper.
The power of psychedelics... is that they often reveal, in the span of a few hours, depths of awe and understanding that can otherwise elude us for a lifetime.
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.
The process of testing claims is called science. Now, If you have a claim that can't be tested thats what we call pseudo-science. The difference between pseudo-science and science is whether or not you can test it.
Progress is only possible by passing from a state of undifferentiated wholeness to differentiation of parts.
The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.
The future depends on what you do today.
Cats are smarter than dogs. You can not get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.
Our world is fast succumbing to the activities of men and women who would stake the future of our species on beliefs that should not survive an elementary school education.
Life is a movement, a constant movement in relationship; and thought, trying to capture that movement in terms of the past, as memory, is afraid of life.
While there is no guarantee that rational people will always agree, the irrational are certain to be divided by their dogmas.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
There are errors in this book. I do not know where they are. If I did they wouldn't be there. But with close to two hundred thousand words my probabilistic mind tells me some are wrong.
Don't leave home without your left hemisphere.
Those who travel with the current will always feel they are good swimmers; those who swim against the current may never realize they are better swimmers than they imagine.
I've never argued that humans are massively hot-wired. What I was trying to point out was that you can't understand how we learn unless you identify the learning mechanisms. And these have some genetic basis.
Courage is worthy of respect when displayed in the maintenance of legitimate claims and in the repelling of aggressions, bodily or other. Courage is worthy of yet higher respect when danger is faced in defence of claims common to self and others, as in resistance to invasion. Courage is worthy of the highest respect when risk to life or limb is dared in defence of others.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
This is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own.
There is a growing movement called Humanism, which promotes a non-supernatural basis for meaning and ethics: good without God.
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Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action
No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.
Every aspect of thought and emotion is rooted in brain structure and function, including many psychological disorders and, presumably, genius. The study confirms that the brain is a modular system comprising multiple intelligences, mostly nonverbal.
Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.
Logic doesn't apply to the real world.
We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
As women are empowered, violence can come down, for a number of reasons. By all measures, men are the more violent gender.
The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
I believe it will have become evident why, for me, adjectives such as happy, contented, blissful, enjoyable, do not seem quite appropriate to any general description of this process I have called the good life, even though the person in this process would experience each one of these at the appropriate times. But adjectives which seem more generally fitting are adjectives such as enriching, exciting, rewarding, challenging, meaningful. This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-fainthearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one's potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life. Yet the deeply exciting thing about human beings is that when the individual is inwardly free, he chooses as the good life this process of becoming.
Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.
Much more than our other needs and endeavors, it is sexuality that puts us on an even footing with our kind: the more we practice it, the more we become like everyone else: it is in the performance of a reputedly bestial function that we prove our status as citizens: nothing is more public than the sexual act.
The road to success is always under construction.
You are a dynamic whole greater than the sum of your parts. By integrating your body, mind, and emotions through training, you reshape your life.
Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.
To fear is to die every minute.
We do not become satisfied by leading a peaceful and prosperous existence. Rather, we become satisfied when reality matches our expectations. The bad news is that as conditions improve, expectations balloon.
Photography is a kind of virtual reality, and it helps if you can create the illusion of being in an interesting world.
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
No one can be perfectly free till all are free; no one can be perfectly moral till all are moral; no one can be perfectly happy till all are happy.
My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.
Words don't mean, people mean.
Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first is unpleasant and ill-paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
Those who have little interest in spirituality shouldn’t think that human inner values don’t apply to you. The inner peace of an alert and calm mind are the source of real happiness and good health. Our human intelligence tells us which of our emotions are positive and helpful and which are damaging and to be restrained or avoided.
Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.
It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.
Concepts like those of organization, wholeness, directiveness, teleology, control, self-regulation, differentiation, and the like are alien to conventional science. However, they pop up everywhere in the biological, behavioral, and social sciences and are, in fact, indispensable for dealing with living organisms or social groups. Thus, a basic problem posed to modem science is a general theory of organization. General Systems Theory is, in principle, capable of giving exact definitions for such concepts.
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice.
Having been unpopular in high school is not a just cause for book publication.
The truth is so precious that it must be guarded by a vast bodyguard of lies.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
Who do you turn to when the only person who can stop your tears, is the one that's causing them?
Few persons care to study logic, because everybody conceives himself to be proficient enough in the art of reasoning already.
Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
Objectivity is a subject's delusion that observing can be done without him. Involving objectivity is abrogating responsibility – hence its popularity.
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
You have to lose your mind in order to regain your senses.
It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.
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.
The gratest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
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.
A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.
Ignorance is no excuse once we know that ignorance is the only possible excuse.