Those who give up liberty for the sake of security deserve neither liberty nor security.
The louder he talks of honour, the faster we count our spoons.
There is a growing movement called Humanism, which promotes a non-supernatural basis for meaning and ethics: good without God.
Human valuesValores humanos
True, you don't have to be religious to be crazy, but it helps.
For life is a vice: the greatest one of all.
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognise that we ought to control our thoughts.
I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.
Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
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.
What we call progress consists in coordinating ideas with realities.
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.
Would there be this eternal seeking if the found existed?
Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.
Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
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.
False encouragement is a kind of theft: it steals time, energy, and motivation a person could put toward some other purpose.
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is.
No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.
A multiple personality is in a certain sense normal.
One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
Another peculiar characteristic of the human organism when it is dominated by a certain need is that the whole philosophy of the future tends also to change. For our chronically and extremely hungry man, Utopia can be defined very simply as a place where there is plenty of food.
The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past.
So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
We social scientists would do well to hold back our eagerness to control that world which we so imperfectly understand. The fact of our imperfect understanding should not be allowed to feed our anxiety and so increase the need to control. Rather our studies could be inspired by a more ancient, but today less honoured, motive: a curiosity about the world of which we are part. The rewards of such work are not power but beauty.
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.
Feeding the starving poor only increases their number.
It's better to make a mistake with the full force of your being than to timidly avoid mistakes with a trembling spirit. Responsibility means recognizing both pleasure and price, action and consequence, then making a choice.
A child shows his toy, a man hides his.
Chance alone is at the source of all novelty, all creation in the biosphere.
Works of genius have this in common, that even when they vividly capture the nothingness of things, when they clearly show and make us feel the inevitable unhappiness of life, and when they express the most terrible despair, nonetheless to a great soul -- though he find himself in a state of extreme duress, disillusion, nothingness, noia, and despair of life, or in the bitterest and deadliest misfortunes (caused by deep feelings or whatever) -- these works always console and rekindle enthusiasm; and though they treat or represent only death, they give back to him, at least temporarily, that life which he had lost.
If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.
To put it bluntly but fairly, anyone today who doubts that the variety of life on this planet was produced by a process of evolution is simply ignorant—inexcusably ignorant, in a world where three out of four people have learned to read and write.
We always underestimate the ingenuity of idiots.
There is a time for politeness and there is a time when you are obliged to be rude.
Human relationsrelaciones humanas
There are no facts, only interpretations.
Love consists of overestimating the differences between one woman and another.
It is as if the stuff of which we are made were totally transparent and therefore imperceptible and as if the only appearances of which we can be aware are cracks and planes of fracture in that transparent matrix. Dreams and percepts and stories are perhaps cracks and irregularities in the uniform and timeless matrix. Was this what Plotinus meant by an 'invisible and unchanging beauty which pervades all things"?
Climate change could produce a lot of misery and waste without necessarily leading to large-scale armed conflict, which depends more on ideology and bad governance than on resource scarcity.
A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
Don't compare yourself with other people; compare yourself with who you were yesterday.
When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.
Human typestipos humanos
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.
To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin. (Cardinal Bellarmine, 1615, during the trial of Galileo)
The vast majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have always been derided as fools and madmen.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.
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.
CONSERVATIVE: A statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.
The secret of happiness is: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.
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.
The status quo sucks.
Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.
Sports and sex and movies are not inherently bad - But for you they're addictions, not enjoyments. You use them to distract you from what you know you should do. Break free!
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.'
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
...the scientific attitude implies what I call the postulate of objectivity—that is to say, the fundamental postulate that there is no plan, that there is no intention in the universe. Now, this is basically incompatible with virtually all the religious or metaphysical systems whatever, all of which try to show that there is some sort of harmony between man and the universe and that man is a product—predictable if not indispensable—of the evolution of the universe.
All my writing is a reflection of my core, bits of my core. All those bits...and as they fall onto the page, the puzzle automatically gets put together -- the way a plant gets put together just by being itself and growing day-by-day. Journals are the organic side of my essence, unfolding...
We will see that the greatest problem confronting civilization is not merely religious extremism: rather, it is the larger set of cultural and intellectual accommodations we have made to faith itself.
There never was a sounder logical maxim of scientific procedure than Ockham's razor: Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem. That is to say; before you try a complicated hypothesis, you should make quite sure that no simplification of it will explain the facts equally well.
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing, and to watch someone else do it wrong without comment.
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.
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.
My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.
General system theory, therefore, is a general science of "wholeness...The meaning of the somewhat mystical expression, "The whole is more that the sum of its parts" is simply that constitutive characteristics are not explanable from the characteristics of the isolated parts. The characteristics of the complex, therefore, appear as "new" or "emergent.
Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
It is now no mystery that some quite influential 'philosophers' were 'mentally' ill.
Religion, like love and music, is natural. But so are smoking, war, and death.
I think that we're all mentally ill. Those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better - and maybe not all that much better after all.
The process of comparison and condemnation prevents you from observing, studying. So a real student is one who observes everything in life, outwardly as well as inwardly, without comparing, approving, or condemning.
The fear of being deceived is the vulgar version of the quest for Truth.
We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced.
When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.
It’s a good thing we have gravity or else when birds died they’d just stay right up there. Hunters would be all confused.
The important and the unimportant are the same only at the start.
The aim of development must be neither producerism not consumerism, but the satisfaction of fundamental human needs, which are not only needs of humanity.
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.
Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.
I do not believe that women are better than men. We have not wrecked railroads, nor corrupted legislature, nor done many unholy things that men have done; but then we must remember that we have not had the chance.
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's changing agent, it clears out the old to make way for the new.
Anything that makes it easier to imagine trading places with someone else increases your moral consideration for that other person.
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.
Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.
Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete.
The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
If we are uncritical we shall always find what we want: we shall look for, and find, confirmations, and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might be dangerous to our pet theories. In this way it is only too easy to obtain what appears to be overwhelming evidence in favor of a theory which, if approached critically, would have been refuted.
As long as one is escaping from loneliness, there is no essential difference between the worship of God and addiction to alcohol. Socially, there may be a difference; but psychologically, the man who runs away from himself, from his own emptiness, whose escape is his search for God, is on the same level as the drunkard.
If an opinion can eventually go to the determination of a practical belief, it, in so far, becomes itself a practical belief; and every proposition that is not pure metaphysical jargon and chatter must have some possible bearing upon practice.
If man were immortal he could be perfectly sure of seeing the day when everything in which he had trusted should betray his trust, and, in short, of coming eventually to hopeless misery. He would break down, at last, as every good fortune, as every dynasty, as every civilization does. In place of this we have death.
Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable.