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Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually.
It is better to be hated for what one is, than loved for what one is not.
My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.
If you fear failure, you shall never succeed.
Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.
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.
I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.
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.
The a priori method is distinguished for its comfortable conclusions. It is the nature of the process to adopt whatever belief we are inclined to, and there are certain flatteries to the vanity of man which we all believe by nature, until we are awakened from our pleasing dream by rough facts.
CELEBRITY: One who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.
Injustice, unfairness, or inconsistency in the parents seems to make a child feel anxious and unsafe.
Too little liberty brings stagnation, and too much brings chaos.
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
It will happen but it will take time.
Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.
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.
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
The first step toward wisdom is the realization that the laws of the universe don't care about you.
It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive. 
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.
Freedom from the known is death, and then you are living.
it is very important, while you are young, to be real revolutionaries—which means not accepting anything, but inquiring into all these things to find out what is true. Only then can you create a new world.
Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action
The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one.
An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.
To make changes you have to make some enemies, but you also have to be careful not too make too many enemies. He made far too many enemies.
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
Humor is just another defense against the universe.
The real danger, I think, is not that machines more intelligent than we are will usurp our role as captains of our destinies, but that we will over-estimate the comprehension of our latest thinking tools, prematurely ceding authority to them far beyond their competence.
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.
Disagreement is something normal.
The exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess sucess is our national disease.
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.
If I forgot what I have not been, I would forget myself.
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!
I think this confusion leads intellectuals and artists themselves to believe that the elite arts and humanities are a kind of higher, exalted form of human endeavor.
Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
Any fool can criticize - and many of them do.
The truth is, that common-sense, or thought as it first emerges above the level of the narrowly practical, is deeply imbued with that bad logical quality to which the epithet metaphysical is commonly applied; and nothing can clear it up but a severe course of logic.
Write books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone.
Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
It is often asserted that discussion is only possible between people who have a common language and accept common basic assumptions. I think that this is a mistake. All that is needed is a readiness to learn from one's partner in the discussion, which includes a genuine wish to understand what he intends to say. If this readiness is there, the discussion will be the more fruitful the more the partner's backgrounds differ.
People who harbor strong convictions without evidence belong at the margins of our societies, not in our halls of power.
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.
Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.
Fear is the destructive energy in man. It withers the mind, it distorts thought, it leads to all kinds of extraordinarily clever and subtle theories, absurd superstitions, dogmas, and beliefs.
True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
You are just an insecure little girl in desperate need of attention.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
A sign, or representamen, is something which stands to somebody for something in some respect or capacity. It addresses somebody,that is, creates in the mind of that person an equivalent sign, or perhaps a more developed sign. That sign which it creates I call the interpretant of the first sign. The sign stands for something, its object. It stands for that object, not in all respects, but in reference to a sort of idea, which I have sometimes called the ground of the representamen.
Dream big. Start small and then connect the dots.
The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.
As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.
A want that is satisfied is no longer a want. The organism is dominated and its behavior organized only by unsatisfied needs. If hunger is satisfied, it becomes unimportant in the current dynamics of the individual.
If you want to get rich, invent a religion,
I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.
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.
When we talk about emotion, we really talk about a collection of behaviors that are produced by the brain. You can look at a person in the throes of an emotion and observe changes in the face, in the body posture, in the coloration of the skin and so on.
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.
It is better to deserve honours and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.
To treat others ethically is to act out of concern for their happiness and suffering.
If you feel obsessed to prove something to the world, then you'd need world attention to be able to prove it.
I've always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
You cannot take death for apostasy seriously and be working for peace.
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.
What do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me.
The essential thing is not that there be many truths in a work, but that no truth be abused.
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.
Thought forms in the soul in the same way clouds form in the air.
The adage that fact is stranger than fiction seems to be especially true for the workings of the brain.
The truth is so precious that it must be guarded by a vast bodyguard of lies.
While believing strongly, without evidence, is considered a mark of madness or stupidity in any other area of our lives, faith in God still holds immense prestige in our society. Religion is the one area of our discourse where it is considered noble to pretend to be certain about things no human being could possibly be certain about. It is telling that this aura of nobility extends only to those faiths that still have many subscribers. Anyone caught worshipping Poseidon, even at sea, will be thought insane.
He who does not fill his world with phantoms remains alone.
Everybody likes a compliment.
The only thing that permits human beings to collaborate with one another in a truly open-ended way is their willingness to have their beliefs modified by new facts. Only openness to evidence and argument will secure a common world for us.
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.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
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 pathology is to want control, not that you ever get it, because of course you never do.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Adopt responsibility for your own well-being, try to put your family together, try to serve your community, try to seek for eternal truth... That's the sort of thing that can ground you in your life, enough so that you can withstand the difficulty of life.
If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
Modern societies accepted the treasures and the power offered them by science. But they have not accepted - they have scarcely even heard - its profounder message: the defining of a new and unique source of truth, and the demand for a thorough revision of ethical premises, for a complete break with the animist tradition, the definitive abandonment of the 'old covenant', the necessity of forging a new one. Armed with all the powers, enjoying all the riches they owe to science, our societies are still trying to live by and to teach systems of values already blasted at the root by science itself.
I will admit that virtue -- like everything else beautiful and great -- is nothing but an illusion. But if it were a shared illusion, if all men believed and wanted to be good, if they were compassionate, generous, high-minded, full of enthusiasm, in a word, if everyone were sensible (for I make no distinction between sensibility and what we call virtue), wouldn't people be happier?
Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.
What is the pattern that connects the crab to the lobster and the primrose to the orchid, and all of them to me, and me to you?
Responsibility has become the fundamental imperative in modern civilization, and it should be an unavoidable criterion to assess and evaluate human actions, including, in a special way, development activities.
Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
In order to learn one must change one’s mind.
The old dreams were good dreams; they didn't work out but I'm glad I had them.
If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.
The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
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