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Meditation is a valuable exercise, but eventually you have to open up your eyes and look around.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
What is the point of being educated, of learning to read and write, if you are just going to carry on like a machine? But that is what your parents want, and it is what the world wants. The world does not want you to think, it does not want you to be free to find out, because then you would be a dangerous citizen, you would not fit into the established pattern. A free human being can never feel that he belongs to any particular country, class, or type of thinking. Freedom means freedom at every level, right through, and to think only along a particular line is not freedom.
Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got.
Non esiste nulla all'infuori del Tutto.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. 
Before solving a problem, make sure you've got the right problem.
Any curriculum will be pedagogically ineffective if it consists of a lecturer yammering in front of a blackboard, or a textbook that students highlight with a yellow marker. People understand concepts only when they are forced to think them through, to discuss them with others, and to use them to solve problems.
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
There are those who don’t believe in God and yet do good. There are those who believe in God and kill for that belief; those who prepare for war because they claim they want peace, and so on. So one has to ask oneself what need there is to believe at all in anything, though this doesn’t deny the extraordinary mystery of life. But belief is a word, a thought, and this is not the thing, anymore than your name is actually you.
Through experience you hope to touch the truth of your belief, to prove it to yourself, but this belief conditions your experience. It isn’t that the experience comes to prove the belief, but rather that the belief begets the experience. Your belief in God will give you the experience of what you call God. You will always experience what you believe and nothing else.
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.
It is a bad plan that admits no modification.
Observation without evaluation is the highest form of intelligence.
One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland --and no other.
My thinking is first and last and always for the sake of my doing.
One of the surprising discoveries of modern psychology is how easy it is to be ignorant of your own ignorance.
The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
Illusions, however weakened and unmasked by reason, still remain and form the chief part of our life.
If every man could act as he chose, the whole of history would be a tissue of disconnected accidents.
What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.
Life is a sexually transmitted disease.
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!
The Christian view that all intercourse outside marriage is immoral was, as we see in the above passages from St. Paul, based upon the view that all sexual intercourse, even within marriage, is regrettable. A view of this sort, which goes against biological facts, can only be regarded by sane people as a morbid aberration. The fact that it is embedded in Christian ethics has made Christianity throughout its whole history a force tending towards mental disorders and unwholesome views of life.
Life is a movement, a constant movement in relationship; and thought, trying to capture that movement in terms of the past, as memory, is afraid of life.
Having been unpopular in high school is not a just cause for book publication.
The point is that most of what we currently hold sacred is not sacred for any reason other than that it was thought sacred yesterday.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
Passion is a rather frightening thing because if you have passion you don't know where it will take you.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
What would our world be like if we ceased to worry about 'right' and 'wrong,' or 'good' and 'evil,' and simply acted so as to maximize well-being, our own and that of others? Would we lose anything important?
When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
The moral truth here is obvious: anyone who feels that the interests of a blastocyst just might supersede the interests of a child with a spinal cord injury has had his moral sense blinded by religious metaphysics.
Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. 
Whatever you might say the object "is", well it is not.
A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are for.
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.
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
Life comes at us in waves. We can't predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf.
When your suffering is a little greater than my suffering I feel that I am a little cruel.
To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.
Capitalism' is a dirty word for many intellectuals, but there are a number of studies showing that open economies and free trade are negatively correlated with genocide and war.
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
You almost never get the pleasure of seeing that you won the argument in real time. People just don't like to publicly change their minds. They change their minds in private.
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.
Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
It is amusing to discover, in the twentieth century, that the quarrels between two lovers, two mathematicians, two nations, two economic systems, usually assumed insoluble in a finite period should exhibit one mechanism, the semantic mechanism of identification - the discovery of which makes universal agreement possible, in mathematics and in life.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
To be passive is to let others decide for you. To be aggressive is to decide for others. To be assertive is to decide for yourself.
In fact, war may be just another obstacle an enlightened species learns to overcome, like pestilence, hunger, and poverty.
Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.
Where we have reasons for what we believe, we have no need of faith; where we have no reasons, we have lost both our connection to the world and to one another.
The harm that I have not done, what harm it has done!
We have been trained to think of patterns, with the exception of those of music, as fixed affairs. It is easier and lazier that way but, of course, all nonsense. In truth, the right way to begin to think about the pattern which connects is to think of it as primarily (whatever that means) a dance of interacting parts and only secondarily pegged down by various sorts of physical limits and by those limits which organisms characteristically impose.
There are many difficulties impeding the rapid spread of reasonableness. One of the main difficulties is that it always takes two to make a discussion reasonable. Each of the parties must be ready to learn from the other. You cannot have a rational discussion with a man who prefers shooting you to being convinced by you.
A rationalist, as I use the word, is a man who attempts to reach decisions by argument and perhaps, in certain cases, by compromise, rather than by violence. He is a man who would rather be unsuccessful in convincing another man by argument than successful in crushing him by force, by intimidation and threats, or even by persuasive propaganda.
If faith is what you have to go on, if faith is the link between your beliefs and the world at large, your beliefs are very likely to be wrong. Beliefs can be right or wrong. If you believe you can fly, that belief is only true if indeed you can fly. Somebody who thinks he can fly, and is wrong about it, will eventually discover there's a problem with his view of the world.
Man created God in his own image
If you look around at your family and friends, you will see that the happiest people are the ones who don't pretend to know what's right for others and don't try to control anyone but themselves.
The ancient covenant is in pieces; man knows at last that he is alone in the universe's unfeeling immensity, out of which he emerged only by chance. His destiny is nowhere spelled out, nor is his duty. The kingdom above or the darkness below: it is for him to choose.
Love is the most selfish of all the passions (from "The Three Musketeers")
We have lost, being born, as much as we shall lose, dying. Everything.
The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next. 
The map is not the territory... The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map...
No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness.
To understand yourself is the beginning of wisdom.
Only sick music makes money today.
When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.
Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness, of captivity, would, without this comfort, be insupportable.
The individual has to awaken his intelligence, not through any form of discipline, resistance, compulsion, coercion, but through freedom.
Life is best organized as a series of daring ventures from a secure base.
If we agree on everything, only one of us is necessary.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
I have an almost religious zeal... not for technology per se, but for the Internet which is for me, the nervous system of mother Earth, which I see as a living creature, linking up.
Se entri mi fai onore; se non entri, un piacere
Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.
Everyone tells you what's good for you. they don't want you to find your own answers. they want you to believe theirs.
The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.
There is nothing so pathetic as a bore who claims attention - and gets it
The meaning of your communication is the response you get.
At the end of all our wanderings, we will arrive at the place we started, and know it for the first time
A person does what he does because he sees the world as he sees it.
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.
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
If premarital sex is a sin, who is the victim?
I tended to place my wife under a pedestal.
Would there be this eternal seeking if the found existed?
Any proposition containing the word "is" creates a linguistic structural confusion which will eventually give birth to serious fallacies.
Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
Cognitive psychology has shown that the mind best understands facts when they are woven into a conceptual fabric, such as a narrative, mental map, or intuitive theory. Disconnected facts in the mind are like unlinked pages on the Web: They might as well not exist.
I think religion for many people is some sort of moral viagra.
Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.
Keep your words sweet-you may have to eat them.
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.
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