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the question is not how to get rid of fear, but how to awaken the intelligence with which to face and to understand and go beyond fear.
A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
Only an idiot could think there is a point to any of this.
We have names for people who have many beliefs for which there is no rational justification. When their beliefs are extremely common we call them ‘religious’; otherwise, they are likely to be called ‘mad’, ‘psychotic’ or ‘delusional’...
All outward forms of change brought about by wars, revolutions, reformations, laws and ideologies have failed completely to change the basic nature of man and therefore of society.
If man were immortal he could be perfectly sure of seeing the day when everything in which he had trusted should betray his trust.
The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.
Pragmatism asks its usual question. "Grant an idea or belief to be true," it says, "what concrete difference will its being true make in anyone's actual life? How will the truth be realized? What experiences will be different from those which would obtain if the belief were false? What, in short, is the truth's cash-value in experiential terms?
People have long assumed that violence is necessary for political change. Rulers never cede power voluntarily, the argument goes, so progressives have no choice but to contemplate the use of force to bring about a better world, mindful of the trade-off between a small amount of violence now and acceptance of an unjust status quo indefinitely.
Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.
One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.
Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.
The organized community or social group which gives to the individual his unity of self may be called “the generalized other.” The attitude of the generalized other is the attitude of the whole community. Thus, for example, in the case of such a social group as a ball team, the team is the generalized other in so far as it enters—as an organized process or social activity—into the experience of any one of the individual members of it.
Any fool can criticize - and many of them do.
Who would I want to read my journal? An insightful, compassionate voyeur, perhaps. Or, maybe I'm secretly writing to/for the god I wish existed, the god I longed for during my childhood and teenage years... Or, I’m writing to that part of myself (and all of us) that can forgive. As if true and original writing makes forgiveness natural.
The stirrings of morality emerge early in childhood. Toddlers spontaneously offer toys and help to others and try to comfort people they see in distress.
God must love stupid people, he made so many.
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. 
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. 
Science, like art, religion, commerce, warfare, and even sleep, is based on presuppositions.
No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness.
Identification makes general sanity and complete adjustment impossible. Training in non-identity plays a therapeutic role with adults.
It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?
If you want to get rich, invent a religion,
Believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see.
Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
There is a time for politeness and there is a time when you are obliged to be rude.
Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.
The roulette table pays nobody except him that keeps it. Nevertheless a passion for gaming is common, though a passion for keeping roulette tables is unknown.
You can't get attention of one who focused on himself.
Reason is non-negotiable. Try to argue against it, or to exclude it from some realm of knowledge, and you've already lost the argument, because you're using reason to make your case. And no, this isn't having "faith" in reason (in the same way that some people have faith in miracles), because we don't "believe" in reason; we use reason.
To understand the whole operation of one’s own mind requires a great deal of insight, a great deal of inquiry without condemnation.
The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
I can’t control the wind, but I can adjust the sails.
One would have to say "in the end everything is a gag, etc" because everything is infinitely more than just a gag. The same applies to other "is"-statements such as "Laughter is an instant vacation"
Specialization may be a great temptation for the scientist. For the philosopher it is the mortal sin.
Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.
A puppet is free as long as he loves his strings.
I've had bad luck with both my wives. The first one left me and the second one didn't.
Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
Meditation is a valuable exercise, but eventually you have to open up your eyes and look around.
Injustice, unfairness, or inconsistency in the parents seems to make a child feel anxious and unsafe.
CONSCIENCE: The inner voice that warns us that someone may be looking.
Racism, because it favors color over talent, is bad for business.
A person who believes that Elvis is still alive is very unlikely to get promoted to a position of great power and responsibility in our society. Neither will a person who believes that the holocaust was a hoax. But people who believe equally irrational things about God and the bible are now running our country. This is genuinely terrifying.
Life itself is just a thin coat of paint on the planet, and we hold the paintbrush.
Consciousness surely does not depend on language. Babies, many animals, and patients robbed of speech by brain damage are not insensate robots; they have reactions like ours that indicate that someone's home.
To find out actually what takes place when you die you must die. This isn't a joke. You must die - not physically but psychologically, inwardly, die to the things you have cherished and to the things you are bitter about. If you have died to one of your pleasures, the smallest or the greatest, naturally, without any enforcement or argument, then you will know what it means to die. To die is to have a mind that is completely empty of itself, empty of its daily longing, pleasure; and agonies. Death is a renewal, a mutation, in which thought does not function at all because thought is old. When there is death there is something totally new. Freedom from the known is death, and then you are living.
We are seeking for another basic outlook - the world as organization. This would profoundly change the categories of our thinking and influence our practical attitudes. We must envision the biosphere as a whole with mutually reinforcing or mutually destructive interdependencies.
It isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts.
Human beings do not live in the objective world alone, nor alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood, but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society. It is quite an illusion to imagine that one adjusts to reality essentially without the use of language and that language is merely an incidental means of solving specific problems of communication or reflection. The fact of the matter is that the ‘real world’ is to a large extent unconsciously built up on the language habits of the group... We see and hear and otherwise experience very largely as we do because the language habits of our community predispose certain choices of interpretation.
In order to learn one must change one’s mind.
It is terrible to see how a single unclear idea, a single formula without meaning, lurking in a young man's head, will sometimes act like an obstruction of inert matter in an artery, hindering the nutrition of the brain and condemning its victim to pine away in the fullness of his intellectual vigor and in the midst of intellectual plenty.
Conventional physics deals only with closed systems, i.e. systems which are considered to be isolated from their environment... However, we find systems which by their very nature and definition are not closed systems. Every living organism is essentially an open system. It maintains itself in a continuous inflow and outflow, a building up and breaking down of components, never being, so long as it is alive, in a state of chemical and thermodynamic equilibrium but maintained in a so-called steady state which is distinct from the latter.
People say sometimes that Beauty is only superficial. That may be so. But at least it is not so superficial as Thought is. To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.
The law an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Evolutionary psychology is one of four sciences that are bringing human nature back into the picture.
We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.
Cigarette: A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool on the other.
The truth is so precious that it must be guarded by a vast bodyguard of lies.
A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
Society is unity in diversity.
Even though its common knowledge these days, it never ceases to amaze me that all the richness of our mental life - all our feelings, our emotions, our thoughts, our ambitions, our love life, our religious sentiments and even what each of us regards us his own intimate private self - is simply the activity of these little specks of jelly in your head, in your brain. There is nothing else.
Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.
Only that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying.
Indeed, religion allows people to imagine that their concerns are moral when they are highly immoral - that is, when pressing these concerns inflicts unnecessary and appalling suffering on innocent human beings. This explains why Christians like yourself expend more "moral" energy opposing abortion than fighting genocide. It explains why you are more concerned about human embryos than about the lifesaving promise of stem-cell research. And it explains why you can preach against condom use in sub-Saharan Africa while millions die from AIDS there each year.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.
Among the perquisites of freedom is the freedom of people to screw up their own lives.
I think this confusion leads intellectuals and artists themselves to believe that the elite arts and humanities are a kind of higher, exalted form of human endeavor.
The essential thing is not that there be many truths in a work, but that no truth be abused.
PURITANISM: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
The self has the characteristic that it is an object to itself, and that characteristic distinguishes it from other objects and from the body.
I am a philosopher, not a scientist, and we philosophers are better at questions than answers.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn...and change.
Amazing the advances we make in science and the primitive uses we find for them.
You're only as free as your attention is.
The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
Your conscious life is an elaborate after-the-fact rationalization of things you really do for other reasons.
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
Our faith is faith in some one else's faith.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
As words are not the things we speak about, and structure is the only link between them, structure becomes the only content of knowledge. If we gamble on verbal structures that have no observable empirical structures, such gambling can never give us any structural information about the world. Therefore such verbal structures are structurally obsolete, and if we believe in them, they induce delusions or other semantic disturbances.
It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive. 
To ask the 'right' question is far more important than to receive the answer. The solution of a problem lies in the understanding of the problem; the answer is not outside the problem, it is in the problem.
Modern societies accepted the treasures and the power offered them by science. But they have not accepted - they have scarcely even heard - its profounder message: the defining of a new and unique source of truth, and the demand for a thorough revision of ethical premises, for a complete break with the animist tradition, the definitive abandonment of the 'old covenant', the necessity of forging a new one. Armed with all the powers, enjoying all the riches they owe to science, our societies are still trying to live by and to teach systems of values already blasted at the root by science itself.
Sometimes you can observe a lot by watching. 
But if one observes, one will see that the body has its own intelligence; it requires a great deal of intelligence to observe the intelligence of the body.
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.
Nearly 230 million Americans believe that a book showing neither unity of style nor internal consistency was authored by an omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent deity.
A theologian is like a blind man in a dark room searching for a black cat which isn't there - and finding it! 
Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.
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