Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!
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.
It is difficult to think of anything more important than providing the best education possible for our children. They will develop the next technologies, medical cures, and global industries, while mitigating their unintended effects, or they will fail to do these things and consign us all to oblivion.
I got interested in the emotions after studying patients who had lost the ability to emote and feel under certain circumstances. Many of those patients also had major impairments in their ability to make decisions.
Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action
People easily understand that ‘primitives’ cement their social order by believing in ghosts and spirits, and gathering each full moon to dance together around the campfire. What we fail to appreciate is that our modern institutions function on exactly the same basis.
There is nothing more dangerous than a philosopher who wants to change the world
The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
It is your attitude more than your aptitude that will determine your altitude!
VACATION: Time off to remind employees that the business can get along without them.
You don't get to advertise all the good that your religion does without first scrupulously subtracting all the harm it does and considering seriously the question of whether some other religion, or no religion at all, does better.
The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive - you
Peace can come only when there is love.
Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did.
Activity is the only road to knowledge.
I am no more humble than my talents require.
What we do in every other area of our lives (other than religion), is, rather than respect somebody's beliefs, we evaluate their reasons.
Following of authority in any form, whether self-imposed or established from outside, as well as any form of imitation, copying, is destructive of incentive, of creativeness, and that it blocks the discovery of what is true.
Poverty becomes a marvellously beautiful thing when the mind is free of society. One must become poor inwardly for then there is no seeking, no asking, no desire, no - nothing! It is only this inward poverty that can see the truth of a life in which there is no conflict at all.
Woman was God's second mistake.
If we, who live outside asylums, act as if we lived in a fictitious world- that is to say, if we are consistent with our beliefs- we cannot adjust ourselves to actual conditions, and so fall into many avoidable semantic difficulties. But the so-called normal person practically never abides by his beliefs, and when his beliefs are building for him a fictitious world, he saves his neck by not abiding by them. A so-called "insane" person acts upon his beliefs, and so cannot adjust himself to a world which is quite different from his fancy.
Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.
The louder he talks of honour, the faster we count our spoons.
We are seeking another basic outlook: the world as an organization. This would profoundly change categories of our thinking and influence our practical attitudes. We must envision the biosphere as a whole with mutually reinforcing or mutually destructive inter-dependencies.
Self-reliance brings a certain freedom in which you discover; and that freedom is denied to you when you are comparing.
No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife isn't saying.
The only gift is giving to the poor; all else is exchange.
Science, like art, religion, commerce, warfare, and even sleep, is based on presuppositions.
In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
If you want a real meaning, and you can’t find one, it’s all very well to make one up — but I don’t see how that solves any problems. ... Unless you say how God works, saying that God exists doesn’t explain anything.
I know of no society in human history that ever suffered because its people became too desirous of evidence in support of their core beliefs.
If you ask for something you have to say "Please", if you want to get something you have to please.
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.
I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
Emotions are a critical source of information for learning.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
Freedom from the known is death, and then you are living.
Life and DeathLife and Death
Understanding a person does not mean condoning; it only means that one does not accuse him as if one were God or a judge placed above him.
People are not machines, but in all situations where they are given the opportunity, they will act like machines.
For one thing, before the 20th century, there were plenty of genocides. We tend to forget about them, partly because they weren't as well documented and partly because, until recently, people didn't care. We used euphemisms like 'sackings' and 'sieges' instead of calling them 'genocides.'
Money is the most universal and most efficient system of mutual trust ever devised.
It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.
If you don't like being alone, you may not like the person you're with.
A person does what he does because he sees the world as he sees it.
... the fallacy of attributing to one cause what is due to many causes.
A living system, due to its circular organization, is an inductive system and functions always in a predictive manner: what happened once will occur again. Its organization, (genetic and otherwise) is conservative and repeats only that which works. For this same reason living systems are historical systems; the relevance of a given conduct or mode of behavior is always determined in the past.
A human being in relation with another has very limited control over what happens in that relationship. He is a part of a two-person unit, and the control which any part can have over any whole is strictly limited.
Human relationsHuman relations
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
What would our world be like if we ceased to worry about 'right' and 'wrong,' or 'good' and 'evil,' and simply acted so as to maximize well-being, our own and that of others? Would we lose anything important?
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.
A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
Men and WomenMen and Women
There's no doubt that inequality destabilizes societies. I think the social science evidence on that front is crystal clear.
More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than "try to be a little kinder."
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.
Most wars are not fought over shortages of resources such as food and water, but rather over conquest, revenge, and ideology.
To me, Mother Nature isn't nearly as scary as human nature.
Tell a devout Christian that his wife is cheating on him, or that frozen yogurt can make a man invisible, and he is likely to require as much evidence as anyone else, and to be persuaded only to the extent that you give it. Tell him that the book he keeps by his bed was written by an invisible deity who will punish him with fire for eternity if he fails to accept its every incredible claim about the universe, and he seems to require no evidence what so ever.
Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.
Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.
Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice.
Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is.
Doctor, I have a ringing in my ears. -- Don't answer!
Freedom is not free.
When everything is done, the mornings are sad.
Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.
Fear? If I have gained anything by damning myself, it is that I no longer have anything to fear.
To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?
Objectivity is a subject's delusion that observing can be done without him. Involving objectivity is abrogating responsibility – hence its popularity.
To treat others ethically is to act out of concern for their happiness and suffering.
Who will tell whether one happy moment of love, or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies?
If you have no problem, you've got a problem.
Problems and solutionsProblems and solutions
It's all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.
CONSCIENCE: The inner voice that warns us that someone may be looking.
We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.
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.
You can't say civilization isn't advancing, in every war they kill you in a new way.
The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.
I confused things with their names: that is belief.
Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
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.
Two thousand years of monotheistic brainwashing have caused most Westerners to see polytheism as ignorant and childish idolatry. This is an unjust stereotype.
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.
To be interested in the public good we must be disinterested, that is, not interested in goods in which our personal selves are wrapped up.
To understand yourself is the beginning of wisdom.
Religious moderation is the product of secular knowledge and scriptural ignorance.
My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.
Love is blind, as they say, and because love is blind, it often leads to tragedy.
There is a limit to human intelligence, but there is no limit to human stupidity
We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.