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There's no polite way to say to somebody (religious followers) 'Do you realize you've wasted your life?'
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
A liberal is someone too poor to be a capitalist, and too rich to be a communist.
Cigarette: A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool on the other.
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
Living systems are units of interactions; they exist in an ambience. From a purely biological point of view they cannot be understood independently of that part of the ambience with which they interact: the niche; nor can the niche be defined independently of the living system that specifies it.
Ultimately, fear of failure generates a vicious circle that creates what is most feared. To break this cycle, you need to make peace with failure. It isn't enough to merely tolerate it; you need to appreciate the failure and use it ...
Man, when he realizes that he is an object of comedy, does not laugh.
Some of us, for better or worse, develop very stable, consistent, and largely predictable machineries of self. But in others, the self machinery is more flexible and more open to unexpected turns.
Life comes at us in waves. We can't predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf.
All the worlds a stage, | And all the men and women merely players: | They have their exits, and their entrances; |And one man in his time plays many parts.
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.
I think that communism was a major force for violence for more than 100 years, because it was built into its ideology - that progress comes through class struggle, often violent.
The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
Lord, if I can't be skinny, please let all my friends be fat.
To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?
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.
True, you don't have to be religious to be crazy, but it helps.
Can we think about love ? When you love, is thought functioning ? Love and thought are not in opposition; do not let us divide them as opposites. When one loves, is there a sense of seperateness, of bringing people together, or disbanding them, pushing them away ? Surely that state of love can be experienced only when the process of thought is not functioning—which does not mean that one must become crazy, unbalanced. On the contrary. It requires the highest form of thought to go beyond.
We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
To be proud of virtue, is to poison yourself with the Antidote.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. 
It is often asserted that discussion is only possible between people who have a common language and accept common basic assumptions. I think that this is a mistake. All that is needed is a readiness to learn from one's partner in the discussion, which includes a genuine wish to understand what he intends to say. If this readiness is there, the discussion will be the more fruitful the more the partner's backgrounds differ.
Woman was God's second mistake.
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.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
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.
To live: a quite complicated way of dying.
I write because it’s a sort of meditation, and my only superficial peace. Writing takes me to the point where I can harmonize with what is disturbing.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. 
God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.
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.
One is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become. One lives one's death, one dies one's life.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
Friendship is a pact, a convention. Two beings tacitly promise never to broadcast what each really thinks of the other. A kind of alliance based on compromises. When one of them publicly calls attention to the other's defects, the pact is declared null and void, the alliance broken. No friendship lasts if one of the partners ceases to play the game. In other words, no friendship tolerates an exaggerated proportion of honesty.
Of course, the liar often imagines that he does no harm as long as his lies go undetected.
We do not judge the people we love.
The least questioned assumptions are often the most questionable.
Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.
In my end is my beginning.
CHEMICALS: Noxious substances from which modern foods are made.
Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.
Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. 
If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.
No one knows what the nongenetic causes of individuality are. Perhaps people are shaped by modifications of genes that take place after conception, or by haphazard fluctuations in the chemical soup in the womb or the wiring up of the brain or the expression of the genes themselves.
Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism.
Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
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.
We are all prisoners of our thoughts.
Life is a continuous flux. Our nonhuman ancestors bred, generation after generation, and incrementally begat what we now deem to be the species homo sapiens - ourselves. There is nothing about our ancestral line or about our current biology that dictates how we will evolve in the future. Nothing in the natural order demands that our descendants resemble us in any particular way. Very likely, they will not resemble us. We will almost certainly transform ourselves, likely beyond recognition, in the generations to come.
The poet must not cross an interval with a step when he can cross it with a leap.
There is a time for politeness and there is a time when you are obliged to be rude.
All of the violence that doesn't occur doesn't get reported on the news.
More people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
You are just an insecure little girl in desperate need of attention.
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.
If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.
Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually.
I hate victims who respect their executioners.
A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
Man lives in a world of Meaning. What he sees and hears means what he will or might handle.
The concept of man as mass robot was both an expression of and a powerful motive force in industrialized mass society. It was the basis for behavioural engineering in commercial, economic, political and other advertising and propaganda; the expanding economy of the 'affluent society' could not subsist without such manipulation. Only by manipulating humans ever more into Skinnerian rats, robots buying automata, homeostatically adjusted conformers and opportunists (or, bluntly speaking, into morons and zombies) can this great society follow its progress toward ever increasing gross national product.
To rid yourself of old patterns, focus all your energy not on struggling with the old, but on building the new.
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
Writing is closer to thinking than to speaking.
There is no real independent self, aloof from other human beings, inspecting the world, inspecting other people. You are, in fact, connected not just via Facebook and Internet, you're actually quite literally connected by your neurons.
The one [the logician] studies the science of drawing conclusions, the other [the mathematician] the science which draws necessary conclusions.
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
It is terrible that we all die and lose everything we love; it is doubly terrible that so many human beings suffer needlessly while alive. That so much of this suffering can be directly attributed to religion—to religious hatreds, religious wars, religious delusions and religious diversions of scarce resources—is what makes atheism a moral and intellectual necessity.
As people age, they confuse changes in themselves with changes in the world, and changes in the world with moral decline—the illusion of the good old days.
Passion is a rather frightening thing because if you have passion you don't know where it will take you.
In times when the government imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also the prison.
There is no society ever discovered in the remotest corner of the world that has not had something that we would consider the arts. Visual arts - decoration of surfaces and bodies - appears to be a human universal.
Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
Belief in a cruel god makes a cruel man.
Religion may in most of its forms be defined as the belief that the gods are on the side of the Government.
Evolutionary psychologists seem to want to unmask our noblest motives as ultimately self-interested - to show that our love for children, compassion for the unfortunate and sense of justice are just tactics in a Darwinian struggle to perpetuate our genes.
Melancholy: when we have sorrows without a name.
We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.
Life is better than death, health is better than sickness, abundance is better than want, freedom is better than coercion, happiness is better than suffering, and knowledge is better than superstition and ignorance.
A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals the secret of some hidden treasure.
Equality is not the empirical claim that all groups of humans are interchangeable; it is the moral principle that individuals should not be judged or constrained by the average properties of their group. … If we recognize this principle, no one has to spin myths about the indistinguishability of the sexes to justify equality.
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
Young children, who for whatever reason are deprived of the continuous care and attention of a mother or a substitute-mother, are not only temporarily disturbed by such deprivation, but may in some cases suffer long-term effects which persist.
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. 
An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves to be like other people.
Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life.
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."
Management problems are not respecters of the company organization, nor of the talents of the people appointed to solve them.
When you attach a label make sure it can come off because things can change.
The truth is so precious that it must be guarded by a vast bodyguard of lies.
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