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Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
In individuals madness is a rarity, but in groups, parties, peoples it is the rule.
The romantic contrast between modern industry that “destroys nature” and our ancestors who “lived in harmony with nature” is groundless. Long before the Industrial Revolution, Homo sapiens held the record among all organisms for driving the most plant and animal species to their extinctions. We have the dubious distinction of being the deadliest species in the annals of life.
Logic is a poor model of cause and effect.
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.
When I speak of reason or rationalism, all I mean is the conviction that we canlearn through criticism of our mistakes and errors, especially through criticism by others, and eventually also through self-criticism. The genuine rationalist does not think that he or anyone else is in possession of the truth; nor does he think that mere criticism as such helps us achieve new ideas. But he does think that, in the sphere of ideas, only critical discussion can help us sort the wheat from the chaff. He is well aware that acceptance or rejection of an idea is never a purely rational matter; but he thinks that only critical discussion can give us the maturity to see an idea from more and more sides and to make a correct judgement of it.
People are under the impression that dictionaries legislate language. What a dictionary does is keep track of usages over time.
I am confident that those who believe in belief are wrong. That is, we no more need to preserve the myth of God in order to preserve a just and stable society than we needed to cling to the Gold Standard to keep our currency sound. It was a useful crutch, but we've outgrown it. Denmark, according to a recent study, is the sanest, healthiest, happiest, most crime-free nation in the world, and by and large the Danes simply ignore the God issue. We should certainly hope that those who believe in belief are wrong, because belief is waning fast, and the props are beginning to buckle.
Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.
If you desire to dig a well to reach water, your efforts are more fruitful if you dig one 100-foot-deep hole than if you dig ten holes each 10 feet deep.
I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men.
The secret of happiness is: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.
Thought forms in the soul in the same way clouds form in the air.
Never have your wallet with you onstage. It's bad luck. You shouldn't play the piano with money in your pocket. Play like you need the money.
It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.
We are visual creatures. Visual things stay put, whereas sounds fade.
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.
The Observer is the Observed.
SUBURBIA: A place where the developers bulldoze all of the trees -- then name the streets after them.
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, small people talk about other people.
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?
Don't find fault, find a remedy.
There is a growing movement called Humanism, which promotes a non-supernatural basis for meaning and ethics: good without God.
It is always easier for one man to solve another man's problem.
To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.
Most wars are not fought over shortages of resources such as food and water, but rather over conquest, revenge, and ideology.
Do not take life too seriously. You will not get out of it alive.
There is no one, no matter how wise he is, who has not in his youth said things or done things that are so unpleasant to recall in later life that he would expunge them entirely from his memory if that were possible.
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.
Interestingly enough, not all feelings result from the body's reaction to external stimuli. Sometimes changes are purely simulated in the brain maps.
The habit of spending nearly every waking moment lost in thought leaves us at the mercy of whatever our thoughts happen to be. Meditation is a way of breaking this spell.
Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie.
When everything is done, the mornings are sad.
Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.
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.
It is impossible to make anything foolproof, because fools are so ingenious.
We are faced with the task of convincing a myth infatuated world that love and curiosity are sufficient and you don't have to delude yourself and frighten yourself with Iron Age fairy tales. This is a monumental task. I don't think there is an intellectual struggle more worthy of our efforts.
I would say that all traditional philosophies up to and including Marxism have tried to derive the 'ought' from the 'is.' My point of view is that this is impossible; this is a farce.
The only place where I can go into my own world is in my journal. Everywhere else is the place where I go into the world of others.
In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.
Wholeness [Ganzheit], Gestalt, is the primary attribute of life.
We find things that do not fit into familiar frameworks hard to understand – such things seem meaningless.
In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. 
It's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.
The optimist proclaims we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.
The important fact of the present time is not the struggle between capitalism and socialism but the struggle between industrial civilization and humanity.
A rationalist, as I use the word, is a man who attempts to reach decisions by argument and perhaps, in certain cases, by compromise, rather than by violence. He is a man who would rather be unsuccessful in convincing another man by argument than successful in crushing him by force, by intimidation and threats, or even by persuasive propaganda.
The aim of development must be neither producerism not consumerism, but the satisfaction of fundamental human needs, which are not only needs of humanity.
The individual has to awaken his intelligence, not through any form of discipline, resistance, compulsion, coercion, but through freedom.
Why do people believe that there are dangerous implications of the idea that the mind is a product of the brain, that the brain is organized in part by the genome, and that the genome was shaped by natural selection?

What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!
Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
If you begin by sacrificing yourself to those you love, you will end by hating those to whom you have sacrificed yourself.
The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.
Special-interest publications should realize that if they are attracting enough advertising and readers to make a profit, the interest is not so special.
A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
Wisdom is the strength of the weak.
I'm not perfect... But I'm enough.
There is no history of mankind, there is only an indefinite number of histories of all kinds of aspects of human life. And one of these is the history of political power. This is elevated into the history of the world. But this, I hold, is an offence against every decent conception of mankind.
No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess” -
Photographs can be seen as tiny quotes from the text of the larger, real world.
Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action
640K ought to be enough for anybody.
Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.
When you love, you are not lonely. The sense of loneliness arises only when you are frightened of being alone and of not knowing what to do. When you are controlled by ideas, isolated by beliefs, then fear is inevitable; and when you are afraid, you are completely blind.
Education Is what remains after you have forgotten everything you learned in school.
According to a recent study of the brains of identical and fraternal twins, differences in the amount of gray matter in the frontal lobes are not only genetically influenced but are significantly correlated with differences in intelligence.
Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell. Only if we give up our authoritarian attitude in the realm of opinion, only if we establish the attitude of give and take, of readiness to learn from other people, can we hope to control acts of violence inspired by piety and duty.
An eye for an eye….we are all blind
What you can imagine depends on what you know.
It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. 
We will never have a perfect world, but it's not romantic or naive to work toward a better one.
Isn't keeping statistics on violence a form of violence?
The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths.
I listen to all these complaints about rudeness and intemperateness, and the opinion that I come to is that there is no polite way of asking somebody: have you considered the possibility that your entire life has been devoted to a delusion? But that’s a good question to ask. Of course we should ask that question and of course it’s going to offend people. Tough.
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.
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.
A beautiful woman is a paradise to the eyes and a curse to the purse.
The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.
One of the great problems of philosophy is the relationship between the realm of knowledge and the realm of values. Knowledge is what is; values are what ought to be.
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.
Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.
Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving.
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure." 
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
At times I want to be found.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
One of the perks of being a psychologist is access to tools that allow you to carry out the injunction to know thyself.
Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.
Belief in a cruel god makes a cruel man.
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