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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.
When you are finished changing, you are finished.
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
Love consists of overestimating the differences between one woman and another.
Lord, if I can't be skinny, please let all my friends be fat.
By learning which manipulations achieve which goals, humans have mastered the art of the surprise attack. They use novel, goal-oriented courses of action to overcome the Maginot Line defenses of other organisms, which can respond only over evolutionary time. The manipulations can be novel because human knowledge is not just couched in concrete instructions like 'how to catch a rabbit.' Humans analyze the world using intuitive theories of objects, forces, paths, places, manners, states, substances, hidden biochemical essences, and, for other animals and people, beliefs and desires. . . . People compose new knowledge and plans by mentally playing out combinatorial interactions among these laws in their mind's eye.
What we do in every other area of our lives (other than religion), is, rather than respect somebody's beliefs, we evaluate their reasons.
If something good happens to a Christian—he feels some bliss while praying, or he sees some positive change his life—we're told that God is good. But when children by the tens of thousands are torn from their parents’ arms and drowned, we are told god is mysterious.
Let us imagine that the aboriginal-original human specimen was one of two brother apes, A and B; they were alike in every respect; both were animal space-binders; but something strange happened to B; he became the first time-binder, a human. … He had thus a new faculty, he belonged to a new dimension; but, of course, he did not realize it; and because he had this new capacity he was able to analyze his brother "A"; he observed "A is my brother; he is an animal; but he is my brother; therefore, I AM AN ANIMAL." This fatal first conclusion, reached by false analogy, by neglecting a fact, has been the chief source of human woe for half a million years and it still survives. … He [then] said to himself, "If I am an animal there is also in me something higher, a spark of some thing supernatural."
As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.
Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.
When I have ceased to exist, I won’t ever have existed.
The important and the unimportant are the same only at the start.
He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet. 
Special-interest publications should realize that if they are attracting enough advertising and readers to make a profit, the interest is not so special.
Do illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?
A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation.
Humor is just another defense against the universe.
If I forgot what I have not been, I would forget myself.
A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
To live: a quite complicated way of dying.
When everything is done, the mornings are sad.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now.
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.
My God, I have almost never believed in you, and yet I have always loved you.
People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that which they are not.
Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
Grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
The future depends on what you do today.
We commonly speak as though a single 'thing' could 'have' some characteristic. A stone, we say, is 'hard,' 'small,' 'heavy,' 'yellow,' 'dense,' etc. That is how our language is made: 'The stone is hard.' And so on. And that way of talking is good enough for the marketplace: 'That is a new brand.' 'The potatoes are rotten.' 'The container is damaged.'... And so on. But this way of talking is not good enough in science or epistemology. To think straight, it is advisable to expect all qualities and attributes, adjectives, and so on to refer to at least -two- sets of interactions in time....Language continually asserts by the syntax of subject and predicate that 'things' somehow 'have' qualities and attributes. A more precise way of talking would insist that the 'things' are produced, are seen as separate from other 'things,' and are made 'real' by their internal relations and by their behaviour in relationship with other things and with the speaker. It is necessary to be quite clear about the universal truth that whatever 'things' may be in their pleromatic and thingish world, they can only enter the world of communication and meaning by their names, their qualities and their attributes (i. e., by reports of their internal and external relations and interactions).
The secret of getting things done is to act!
Carry your groceries, garden, and do other activities that keep you moving. You will add more years to your life and more life to your years.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
To be sensitively aware of thought, of feeling, of the world about you, of your office and of nature, is to explode from moment to moment in affection. Without affection, every action becomes burdensome and mechanical and leads to decay.
Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best. 
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.'
Grant me patience, O Lord, but hurry!
There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.
Women like silent men. They think they're listening.
We have lost, being born, as much as we shall lose, dying. Everything.
Without technology humanity has no future, but we have to be careful that we don’t become so mechanised that we lose our human feelings.
Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books!
I do look for openings where I can overturn popular misconceptions, but unlike Christopher Hitchens, I am neither a contrarian nor a lone heretic. I like to have a significant number of academics watching my back.
..the average child in our society generally prefers a safe, orderly, predictable, organized world, which he can count on, and in which unexpected, unmanageable or other dangerous things do not happen, and in which, in any case, he has all-powerful parents who protect and shield him from harm.
People are not machines, but in all situations where they are given the opportunity, they will act like machines.
The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'.
Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family. 
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
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!
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.
War is God's way of teaching Americans geography. 
In the 1970s, many intellectuals had become political radicals. Marxism was correct, liberalism was for wimps, and Marx had pronounced that 'the ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class.'
The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.
C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do, it blows away your whole leg.
A simplistic mind is a mind full of answers. It is also a mind that seldom realizes the simple fact that answers must be preceded by pertinent questions. The person with a simplistic mind looks for inspiration and knowledge in simplistic theories, mainly in those that confirm his or her preconceptions. Furthermore, he or she tends to be very active. Hence, we are talking about someone who can be very dangerous indeed.
Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.
CRIMINAL: A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you've propbably misunderstood what I've said.
There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past.
It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.
Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action
A poll conducted by The Washington Post found that 80 percent of Katrina's survivors claim that the event only strengthened their faith in God.
The percept is the reality. It is not in propositional form. But the most immediate judgment concerning it is abstract. It is therefore essentially unlike the reality, although it must be accepted as true to that reality. Its truth consists in the fact that it is impossible to correct it, and in the fact that it only professes to consider one aspect of the percept.
Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various editions of them.
For life is a vice: the greatest one of all.
No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.
The function of the nervous system is to bring each part into harmonious co-operation with every other.
Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.
Unlike statements of fact, which require no further work on our part, lies must be continually protected from collisions with reality.
Doubt is an uneasy and dissatisfied state from which we struggle to free ourselves and pass into the state of belief; while the latter is a calm and satisfactory state which we do not wish to avoid, or to change to a belief in anything else.
All you need is love.
The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life. 
When all think alike, then no one is thinking.
Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that.
People are under the impression that dictionaries legislate language. What a dictionary does is keep track of usages over time.
I HAVE no patience with the hypothesis occasionally expressed, and often implied, especially in tales written to teach children to be good, that babies are born pretty much alike, and that the sole agencies in creating differences between boy and boy, and man and man, are steady application and moral effort. It is in the most unqualified manner that I object to pretensions of natural equality. The experiences of the nursery, the school, the University, and of professional careers, are a chain of proofs to the contrary.
Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
We are most of us governed by epistemologies that we know to be wrong.
A marriage is likely to be called happy if neither party ever expected to get much happiness out of it.
If words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory, then, obviously, the only possible link between the objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure, and structure alone.
Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind. Music depends on details of the auditory system, painting and sculpture on the visual system. Poetry and literature depend on language.
Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
The only profitable conversations are with enthusiasts who have ceased being so, with the ex-naïve. Calmed down at last, they have taken, willy-nilly, the decisive step toward knowledge, that impersonal version of disappointment.
PEACE: In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.
There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
Old age, after all, is merely the punishment for having lived.
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.
If you learn a martial art, you learn to be dangerous, but simultaneously, you learn to control it.
It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
Don't find fault, find a remedy.
How we pay attention to the present moment...determines the character of our experience and...the quality of our lives.
The man with toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.
The condemnation of an error is another error.
At the end of all our wanderings, we will arrive at the place we started, and know it for the first time
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
Identification makes general sanity and complete adjustment impossible. Training in non-identity plays a therapeutic role with adults.
One can live without ever having seen oneself, without knowing the color of one’s skin.
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