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The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.
Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.
We discover our character through decisions under pressure.
That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.
Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
POLITICS: War Without Bloodshed.
Once, the governing human metaphor was pastoral or agricultural, and it clarified, and so preserved in human care, the natural cycles of birth, growth, death, and decay. But modern humanity's governing metaphor is that of the machine. Having placed ourselves in charge of creation, we began to mechanize both the creation itself and our conception of it. We began to see the whole creation merely as raw material, to be transformed by machines into a manufactured Paradise.
Say what we will, death is the best thing nature has found to please everyone. With each of us, everything vanishes, everything stops forever. What an advantage, what an abuse! Without the least effort on our part, we own the universe, we drag it into our own disappearance. No doubt about it, dying is immoral...
Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.
The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I am happy when good things happen to other people, billions more chances to be happy!
There is a secret to live a happy life, but it remains, in fact, a secret.
Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home.
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.
If you face just one opponent, and you doubt yourself, you're out-numbered.
Unless man have a natural bent in accordance with nature's, he has no chance of understanding nature at all.
Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.
The truth is so precious that it must be guarded by a vast bodyguard of lies.
The pathology is to want control, not that you ever get it, because of course you never do.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
My words will either attract a strong mind or offend a weak one.
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.
Ultimately, fear of failure generates a vicious circle that creates what is most feared. To break this cycle, you need to make peace with failure. It isn't enough to merely tolerate it; you need to appreciate the failure and use it ...
In life, stress happens when you resist what arises.
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
That faint light in each of us which dates back to before our birth, to before all births, is what must be protected if we want to rejoin that remote glory from which we shall never know why we were separated.
If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever.
We social scientists would do well to hold back our eagerness to control that world which we so imperfectly understand. The fact of our imperfect understanding should not be allowed to feed our anxiety and so increase the need to control. Rather our studies could be inspired by a more ancient, but today less honoured, motive: a curiosity about the world of which we are part. The rewards of such work are not power but beauty.
Talking nonsense is man's only privilege that distinguishes him from all other organisms.
Either our wills are determined by prior causes and we are not responsible for them, or they are the product of chance and we are not responsible for them.
There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government. 
The map is not the territory (coined by Alfred Korzybski), and the name is not the thing named.
Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen.
Biology occupies a position among the sciences at once marginal and central. Marginal because -- the living world constituting but a tiny and very "special" part of the universe -- it does not seem likely that the study of living beings will ever uncover general laws applicable outside the biosphere. But if the ultimate aim of the whole of science is indeed, as I believe, to clarify man's relationship to the universe, then biology must be accorded a central position.
A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.
It is a fallacy of the old schools to divide man into parcels, elements, thoughts, emotions, intuitions, etc. All human faculties consist of an interconnected whole.
To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin. (Cardinal Bellarmine, 1615, during the trial of Galileo)
Anyone without a sense of humor is at the mercy of everyone else.
The shadows: some hide, others reveal.
A sane society is that which corresponds to the needs of man — not necessarily to what he feels to be his needs, because even the most pathological aims can be felt subjectively as that which the person wants most; but to what his needs are objectively, as they can be ascertained by the study of man. It is our first task then, to ascertain what is the nature of man, and what are the needs which stem from this nature.
Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.
Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best. 
Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.
If you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.
The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
Every positive change - every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness - involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception.
The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.
Men's maxims reveal their characters.
We are all members of the same flawed species. Putting our moral vision into practice means imposing our will on others. The human lust for power and esteem, coupled with its vulnerability to self-deception and self-righteousness, makes that an invitation to a calamity, all the worse when the power is directed at a goal as quixotic as eradicating human self-interest.
He who learns and learns and yet does not know what he knows, is one who plows and plows yet never sows.
Can we think about love ? When you love, is thought functioning ? Love and thought are not in opposition; do not let us divide them as opposites. When one loves, is there a sense of seperateness, of bringing people together, or disbanding them, pushing them away ? Surely that state of love can be experienced only when the process of thought is not functioning—which does not mean that one must become crazy, unbalanced. On the contrary. It requires the highest form of thought to go beyond.
The period of enthusiasm, heat, and agitated imagination is not right [for poetic creation]; indeed it works against it. One needs a time of intensity, but tranquil intensity, a time of real genius rather than real excitement . . . , an impression of past or future or habitual emotion rather than its actual presence -- one could say its twilight rather than its bright noon. Often the best moment occurs when, the feeling and impulse being over, the mind though calm surges up again after the storm, as it were, to pleasurably recall the past sensation.
Visits always give pleasure--if not the arrival, the departure.
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.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide that proves they should value evidence. If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument would you invoke to prove they should value logic?
Photographs can be seen as tiny quotes from the text of the larger, real world.
It's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.
Why do I think that we, the intellectuals, are able to help? Simply because we, the intellectuals, have done the most terrible harm for thousands of years. Mass murder in the name of an idea, a doctrine, a theory, a religion — that is all our doing, our invention: the invention of the intellectuals. If only we would stop setting man against man — often with the best intentions — much would be gained. Nobody can say that it is impossible for us to stop doing this.
If you look in general at people who live in anarchy, they have quite high rates of death from either homicide or warfare or both. Anarchy is one of the main reasons for violence, and it may be the most important.
The concept of man as mass robot was both an expression of and a powerful motive force in industrialized mass society. It was the basis for behavioural engineering in commercial, economic, political and other advertising and propaganda; the expanding economy of the 'affluent society' could not subsist without such manipulation. Only by manipulating humans ever more into Skinnerian rats, robots buying automata, homeostatically adjusted conformers and opportunists (or, bluntly speaking, into morons and zombies) can this great society follow its progress toward ever increasing gross national product.
Logic is a poor model of cause and effect.
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.
What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.
Man created God in his own image
If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
Rigor alone is paralytic death, but imagination alone is insanity.
Suppose the reasoning centers of the brain can get their hands on the mechanisms that plop shapes into the array and that read their locations out of it. Those reasoning demons can exploit the geometry of the array as a surrogate for keeping certain logical constraints in mind. Wealth, like location on a line, is transitive: if A is richer than B, and B is richer than C, then A is richer than C. By using location in an image to symbolize wealth, the thinker takes advantage of the transitivity of location built into the array, and does not have to enter it into a chain of deductive steps. The problem becomes a matter of plop down and look up. It is a fine example of how the form of a mental representation determines what is easy or hard to think.
Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.
We are here to make another world.
To be sensitively aware of thought, of feeling, of the world about you, of your office and of nature, is to explode from moment to moment in affection. Without affection, every action becomes burdensome and mechanical and leads to decay.
I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time. 
Masturbation is having sex with someone you love.
BUREAUCRACY: A giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.
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.
True compassion is helping people help themselves.
I am the captain of my soul.
How can we encourage other human beings to extend their moral sympathies beyond a narrow locus? How can we learn to become mere human beings, shorn of any more compelling national, ethnic, or religious identity? We can be reasonable. It is in the very nature of reason to fuse cognitive and moral horizons. Reason is nothing less than the guardian of love.
All of that is constantly operating when you not only learn, but when you recall. But as you recall in a different light, the weights with which something is more probably going to be or not recalled on the next instance, are going to be changed. So you're constantly changing the way, for instance, synapses are going to fire very easily or not so easily.
Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
Biology is Engineering.
Religion may in most of its forms be defined as the belief that the gods are on the side of the Government.
We always underestimate the ingenuity of idiots.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now.
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. 
There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our
character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
Neither Darwin nor Nietzsche was politically correct, fortunately for us.
Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen, even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
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