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I am the captain of my soul.
Delayed reaction is necessary to intelligent conduct.
If premarital sex is a sin, who is the victim?
Academics lack perspective. In a debate on whether the world is round, they would argue, 'No,' because it's an oblate spheroid. They suffer from 'the curse of knowledge': the inability to imagine what it's like not to know something that they know.
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.
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.
Suffering is above, not below. And everyone thinks that suffering is below. And everyone wants to rise.
Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.
Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. 
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.
Good-humor is a philosophic state of mind; it seems to say to Nature that we take her no more seriously than she takes us. I maintain that one should always talk of philosophy with a smile.
Everything that is said is said by an observer.
It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.
Neither Darwin nor Nietzsche was politically correct, fortunately for us.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.
Every aspect of thought and emotion is rooted in brain structure and function, including many psychological disorders and, presumably, genius. The study confirms that the brain is a modular system comprising multiple intelligences, mostly nonverbal.
We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity--- romantic love and gunpowder.
Any proposition containing the word "is" creates a linguistic structural confusion which will eventually give birth to serious fallacies.
It is... easy to be certain. One has only to be sufficiently vague.
I used to want to be an old man when I was a kid. Now I'm an old man and my kids are growing, I think I want to be a kid.
Most people use social media not to open their horizons wider, but to lock themselves in a comfort zone.
If you face just one opponent, and you doubt yourself, you're out-numbered.
Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.
Happiness is a state of mind.
The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. 
Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable to you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is of no use, then you can discard it.
The means have murdered the end.
The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.
Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.
I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.
When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Democracy is an imperfect way of steering between the violence of anarchy and the violence of tyranny, with the least violence you can get away with.
Belief in a cruel god makes a cruel man.
Failures are divided into two classes--those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
We need to stop looking to politicians to make our world better. Politicians don't make the world a better place. Everything that's ever made the world a better place has come from inventors, engineers, scientists, teachers, artists, builders, philosophers, healers, and people that choose love over hate.
Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.
An eye for beauty locks onto faces that show signs of health and fertility - just as one would predict if it had evolved to help the beholder find the fittest mate.
One problem with our current society is that we have an attitude towards education as if it is there to simply make you more clever, make you more ingenious… Even though our society does not emphasize this, the most important use of knowledge and education is to help us understand the importance of engaging in more wholesome actions and bringing about discipline within our minds. The proper utilization of our intelligence and knowledge is to effect changes from within to develop a good heart.
When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved. This is action out of compassion.
The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'.
The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today.
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.
By an object, I mean anything that we can think, i.e. anything we can talk about.
There is no path to Happiness. Happiness is the path. There is no path to Love. Love is the path. There is no path to Peace. Peace is the path.
It is merely an accident of history that it is considered normal in our society to believe that the Creator of the universe can hear your thoughts while it is demonstrative of mental illness to believe that he is communicating with you by having the rain tap in Morse code on your bedroom window.
There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.
Society exists for the benefit of its members - not the members for the benefit of society.
Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.
Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.
Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.
Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
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.
Those who give up liberty for the sake of security deserve neither liberty nor security.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.
To rid yourself of old patterns, focus all your energy not on struggling with the old, but on building the new.
Once there was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time is called the Dark Ages.
Logic doesn't apply to the real world.
You're a prisoner of your own illusions - about yourself and about the world.
We will never deny that subsistence is a fundamental human need which must be satisfied through adequate income, nutrition, housing and work for all. But we will also insist that protection, affection, understanding, participation, leisure, creation, identity and freedom are extremely fundamental human needs as well.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.
When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
We cannot address complexity without using our own complexity.
Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.
It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.
Most of us are genuinely unaware that it is possible to change our minds.
ADMIRATION: Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.
Having been unpopular in high school is not a just cause for book publication.
Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed.
We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are. 
CONSCIENCE: The inner voice that warns us that someone may be looking.
The aim of management science is to display the best course of action in a given set of circumstances, and this must include all the circumstances.
One cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it.
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.
The big print giveth and the small print taketh away.
The pathology is to want control, not that you ever get it, because of course you never do.
Far from being restricted to a limited number of pathological cases, as American theoreticians suggest, the double bind—a contradictory double imperative, or rather a whole network of contradictory imperatives—is an extremely common phenomenon. In fact, it is so common that it might be said to form the basis of all human relationships.

Bateson is undoubtedly correct in believing that the effects of the double bind on the child are particularly devastating. All the grown-up voices around him, beginning with those of the father and mother (voices which, in our society at least, speak for the culture with the force of established authority) exclaim in a variety of accents, "Imitate us!" "Imitate me!" "I bear the secret of life, of true being!" The more attentive the child is to these seductive words, and the more earnestly he responds to the suggestions emanating from all sides, the more devastating will be the eventual conflicts. The child possesses no perspective that will allow him to see things as they are. He has no basis for reasoned judgements, no means of foreseeing the metamorphosis of his model into a rival. This model's opposition reverberates in his mind like a terrible condemnation; he can only regard it as an act of excommunication. The future orientation of his desires—that is, the choice of his future models—will be significantly affected by the dichotomies of his childhood. In fact, these models will determine the shape of his personality.

If desire is allowed its own bent, its mimetic nature will almost always lead it into a double bind. The unchanneled mimetic impulse hurls itself blindly against the obstacle of a conflicting desire. It invites its own rebuffs and these rebuffs will in turn strengthen the mimetic inclination. We have, then, a self-perpetuating process, constantly increasing in simplicity and fervor. Whenever the disciple borrows from his model what he believes to be the "true" object, he tries to possess that truth by desiring precisely what this model desires. Whenever he sees himself closest to the supreme goal, he comes into violent conflict with a rival. By a mental shortcut that is both eminently logical and self-defeating, he convinces himself that the violence itself is the most distinctive attribute of this supreme goal! Ever afterward, violence will invariably awaken desire...
Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life.
Once, the governing human metaphor was pastoral or agricultural, and it clarified, and so preserved in human care, the natural cycles of birth, growth, death, and decay. But modern humanity's governing metaphor is that of the machine. Having placed ourselves in charge of creation, we began to mechanize both the creation itself and our conception of it. We began to see the whole creation merely as raw material, to be transformed by machines into a manufactured Paradise.
Creative thought must always contain a random component.
If I were to give a prize for the single best idea anybody ever had, I'd give it to Darwin for the idea of natural selection - ahead of Newton, ahead of Einstein - because his idea unites the two most disparate features of our universe: the world of purposeless, meaningless matter and motion, particles jostling on the one side, and the world of meaning and purpose, design on the other.
To seek wisdom rather than truth. It is more within our grasp.
It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.
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.
I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.
When we are talking about the consequences of an action, we have to include things like one's memory of having performed it and the effect this memory will have on one's future experiences, relationships, and beliefs.
I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
The road to success is always under construction.
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