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!
In truth you owe naught to any man. You owe all to all men.
The vilest abortionist is he who attempts to mould a child’s character.
Half of the people in the world are below average.
Through memory we travel against time, through forgetfulness we follow its course.
Under the gold standard, a free banking system stands as the protector of an economy's stability and balanced growth... The abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare statists to use the banking system as a means to an unlimited expansion of credit... In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Cognitive psychology tells us that the unaided human mind is vulnerable to many fallacies and illusions because of its reliance on its memory for vivid anecdotes rather than systematic statistics.
The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
I know what I have given you, I do not know what you have received.
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You wouldn't be normal if you didn't react in an abnormal way.
Eternity is absence.
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation.
All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them.
The man accustomed to the ways of society is always outside himself and knows how to live only in the opinions of others. And it is, as it were, from their judgement alone that he draws the sentiment of his own existence.
In the fetus, or a really young child, all the different brain areas are connected to each other, diffusely. And as the brain develops, the excess connections are turned off, so you get very specialized areas. So most people have really specialized talents. What happens in creative people is this pooling doesn't take place.
It is naively assumed that the fact that the majority of people share certain ideas or feelings proves the validity of these ideas and feelings. Nothing is further from the truth. Consensual validation as such has no bearing whatsoever on reason or mental health. Just as there is a folie à deux there is a folie à millions. The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same mental pathology does not make these people sane.
I am the captain of my soul.
That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.
Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.
For every ten people who are clipping at the branches of evil, you're lucky to find one who's hacking at the roots.
The best thing parents can do for their children is to love each other.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing.
THE BULLSHIT ASYMMETRY
"The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it." (Alberto Brandolini)
The problem is that religion tends to give people bad reasons to be good.
I continue to be fascinated by the fact that feelings are not just the shady side of reason but that they help us to reach decisions as well.
Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
Obedience simulates subordination as fear of the police simulates honesty.
Most books are about aspects of human knowledge. Few people write books about human ignorance, despite the fact that there would be much more to write about.
A meaningful life can be extremely satisfying even in the midst of hardship, whereas a meaningless life is a terrible ordeal no matter how comfortable it is.
Reason should be destroyed in all Christians.
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When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.
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To me, Mother Nature isn't nearly as scary as human nature.
METAPHOR: A way of holding the most truth in the least space.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
The truth that we must finally confront is that Islam contains specific notions of martyrdom and jihad that fully explain the character of Muslim violence.
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.
To be authentic literally means to be your own author.
Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.
Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
We will leave this world stupid and evil as we have found it upon our arrival.
People often ask how I got interested in the brain; my rethorical answer is: 'How can anyone NOT be interested in it?' Everything you call 'human nature' and consciousness arises from it.
As I said, relationship has true significance only when it is a process of self-revelation, when it is revealing oneself in the very action of relationship. But most of us do not want to be revealed in relationship.
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Progress is only possible by passing from a state of undifferentiated wholeness to differentiation of parts.
We see what we see because we miss all the finer details.
Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.
Everyone is right from their point of view, and the points of view can be very different.
I'd always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and would be automatically bestowed upon me as time passed. I never suspected that I would have to learn how to live - that there were specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world I had to master before I could awaken to a simple, happy, uncomplicated life.
We find systems which by their very nature and definition are not closed systems. Every living organism is essentially an open system. It maintains itself in a continuous inflow and outflow, a building up and breaking down of components, never being, so long as it is alive, in a state of chemical and thermodynamic equilibrium but maintained in a so-called steady state which is distinct from the latter.
One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.
Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
Faith, if it is ever right about anything, is right by accident.
A multiple personality is in a certain sense normal.
If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.
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.
I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
Writing is the process of removing the outer wrapping to dive into the inner pool. The words on the pages -- the tangible aspect of them -- become the bridges between inner and outer, seen and unseen. How else can I reveal the worlds and worlds (and depths within depths) that I perceive?
I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
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.
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.
It is necessary to study not only parts and processes in isolation, but also to solve the decisive problems found in organization and order unifying them, resulting from dynamic interaction of parts, and making the the behavoir of the parts different when studied in isolation or within the whole...
Armed with all the powers, enjoying all the wealth they owe to science, our societies are still trying to practice and to teach systems of values already destroyed at the roots by that very science. Man knows at last that he is alone in the indifferent immensity of the universe, whence which he has emerged by chance. His duty, like his fate, is written nowhere.
Cigarette: A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool on the other.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
EXECUTIVE: A man who talks to the visitors while others are doing the work.
You see things and you say 'why?" But I dream things that never were and I say 'why not?'
We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact.
There is then rationality without reason. Such rationality is not commensurate with freedom but the destroyer of it.
ADMIRATION: Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
Another characteristic of mathematical thought is that it can have no success where it cannot generalize.
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
I think therefore I seem to be.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
When you attach a label make sure it can come off because things can change.
Free speech is not just another value. It's the foundation of Western civilization.
We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.
We are all old children.
Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.
We are not thinking machines that feel; rather, we are feeling machines that think.
Philosophers who know only philosophy consign themselves to a janitorial role in the great enterprises of exploration that are illuminating the mysteries of our lives.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
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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.
God is on the side of the strongest battalions.
When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure.
The successful person places more attention on doing the right thing rather than doing things right.
I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.
There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.
Love and affection, as well as their possible expression in sexuality, are generally looked upon
with ambivalence and are customarily hedged about with many restrictions and inhibitions.
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 big thieves hang the little ones. -- Czech proverb
A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.