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Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.
Neither Darwin nor Nietzsche was politically correct, fortunately for us.
Man is the only animal that is to be dreaded.
Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.
No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical. 
I didn’t plan to become an atheist. I didn’t even want to become an atheist. It’s just that I had no choice. If I’m being honest with myself.
All experience is subjective.
Life comes at us in waves. We can't predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf.
Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion..
Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.
I have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted.
There are risks and costs to action, but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
Without context words and actions have no meaning at all.
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.
And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds, And binding with briars my joys and desires.
Bachelors know more about women than married men do. If they didn't, they'd be married too
The traditional view of purpose says it comes from on high, from God, from the Creator. Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable because it reverses the direction of tradition. Whereas people used to think of meaning coming from on high and being ordained from the top down, now we have Darwin saying, "No, all of this design can happen, all of this purpose can emerge from the bottom up without any direction at all."
Everybody likes a compliment.
When everything is done, the mornings are sad.
Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.
General Systems Theory... possibly the model of the world as a great organization can help to reinforce the sense of reverence for the living which we have almost lost.
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.
Our initial sensory data are always "first derivatives," statements about differences which exist among external objects or statements about changes which occur either in them or in our relationship to them. Objects and circumstances which remain absolutely constant relative to the observer, unchanged either by his own movement or by external events, are in general difficult and perhaps always impossible to perceive. What we perceive easily is difference and change and difference is a relationship.
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.
While there is no guarantee that rational people will always agree, the irrational are certain to be divided by their dogmas.
The perpetrators of the Inquisition - the torturers, informers, and those who commanded their actions - were ecclesiastics of one rank or another. They were men of God - popes, bishops, friars, and priests.
Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable.
Carry your groceries, garden, and do other activities that keep you moving. You will add more years to your life and more life to your years.
Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility…without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.
I will act as if what i do makes a difference.
Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.
You have to lose your mind in order to regain your senses.
In fact, war may be just another obstacle an enlightened species learns to overcome, like pestilence, hunger, and poverty.
Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.
Wherever there is a conscious mind, there is a point of view.
Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family. 
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.
I never put off till tomorrow what I can do the day after.
Everyone needs to be loved, especially when they do not deserve it.
A decent government with an effective, but not gratuitously violent, police force and a fair court system are essential. This deters and incapacitates psychopaths, bullies and hotheads - and if it earns the confidence of the people, they don't have to become violent in self-defence.
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
The truth is so precious that it must be guarded by a vast bodyguard of lies.
Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.
Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.
It is... easy to be certain. One has only to be sufficiently vague.
Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
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.
Nessuno vi può dare la libertà. Nessuno vi può dare l'uguaglianza o la giustizia. Se siete uomini, prendetevela.
There may be things that are completely unknowable to us, so we must be careful not to treat the limits of our knowledge as sure guides to the limit of what there is.
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
To be conspicuous by one's absence and listened to by one's silence are two little masterpieces of vanity.
Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
When a thing is new, people say: ‘It is not true.’ Later, when its truth becomes obvious, they say: ‘It is not important.’ Finally, when its importance cannot be denied, they say: ‘Anyway, it is not new.
He who gives money he has not earned is generous with other people’s labor.
There are more copies than originals among people.
All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.
Quiet people have the loudest minds
SPOUSE: Someone who'll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn't have had if you'd stayed single.
As a man's desires grow cooler, he becomes better equipped to deal with other men or to succeed in society. Nature, with her usual benevolence, has ordained that men shall not learn to live until they lose the motives for living.
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.
People tend to talk about what people tend to talk about.
I have no faith, luckily. If I had, I should live in constant fear of losing it. Hence, far from helping me, it would do nothing but injure me.
If you disagree with yourself, you are always right.
Happiness comes when you are doing something because you really love to do it, and not because it gives you riches or makes you a prominent person.
Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
Equality is not the empirical claim that all groups of humans are interchangeable; it is the moral principle that individuals should not be judged or constrained by the average properties of their group. … If we recognize this principle, no one has to spin myths about the indistinguishability of the sexes to justify equality.
Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, which is the ending of fear.
You're a prisoner of your own illusions - about yourself and about the world.
If at first you don't succeed, remove all evidence you ever tried.
Doubt grows with knowledge.
We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home.
Mentality on our approach simply comes in when the organism is able to point out meanings to others and to himself. This is the point at which mind appears, or if you like, emerges…. It is absurd to look at the mind simply from the standpoint of the individual human organism; for, although it has its focus there, it is essentially a social phenomenon; even its biological functions are primarily social.
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
We are all old children.
The purpose of a system is what it does. There is after all, no point in claiming that the purpose of a system is to do what it constantly fails to do.
Invention, using the term most broadly, and imitation, are the two legs, so to call them, on which the human race historically has walked.
Our aim as scientists is objective truth; more truth, more interesting truth, more intelligible truth. We cannot reasonably aim at certainty. Once we realize that human knowledge is fallible, we realize also that we can never be completely certain that we have not made a mistake.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
There is no such thing as truth. People who really know what happened aren't talking. And the people who don't have a clue, you can't shut them up.
We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.
A poll conducted by The Washington Post found that 80 percent of Katrina's survivors claim that the event only strengthened their faith in God.
A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it. 
Even the most vaunted experts are susceptible to wishful thinking and can be blinded to a truth by a conviction that is supported more by emotional attachment than reason.
Who rules our symbols, rules us.
Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.
Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.
When people bother you in any way, it is because their souls are trying to get your divine attention and your blessing.
Second order effects, such as belief in belief, makes fanaticism.
It seems that cybernetics is many different things to many different people. But this is because of the richness of its conceptual base; and I believe that this is very good, otherwise cybernetics would become a somewhat boring exercise. However, all of those perspectives arise from one central theme; that of circularity. When, perhaps a half century ago, the fecundity of this concept was seen, it was sheer euphoria to philosophize, epistemologize, and theorize about its unifying power and its consequences and rami?cation on various ?elds. While this was going on, something strange evolved among the philosophers, the epistemologists and, the theoreticians. They began to see themselves more and more as being included in a larger circularity; maybe within the circularity of their family; or that of their society and culture; or even being included in a circularity of cosmic proportions!
The fact that a theory so vague, so insufficiently verifiable, and so far from the criteria otherwise applied in 'hard' science has become a dogma can only be explained on sociological grounds.
Teaching is not the mere imparting of knowledge but the cultivation of an inquiring mind.
Time is just memory mixed in with Desire.
It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
Failures are divided into two classes--those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
If you can change your mind, you can change your life.
Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
Any fool can criticize - and many of them do.
To be proud of virtue, is to poison yourself with the Antidote.
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