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No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical. 
Many of those who tried to enlighten were hanged from the lampposts.
You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.
Those who have little interest in spirituality shouldn’t think that human inner values don’t apply to you. The inner peace of an alert and calm mind are the source of real happiness and good health. Our human intelligence tells us which of our emotions are positive and helpful and which are damaging and to be restrained or avoided.
A true spiritual practitioner is someone who has discovered that it is possible to be at ease in the world for no reason, if only for a few moments at a time, and that such ease is synonymous with transcending the apparent boundaries of the self.
The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments.
The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.
Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.
Life is not a private affair. A story and its lessons are only made useful if shared.
Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.
The essential thing is not that there be many truths in a work, but that no truth be abused.
You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.
In no one did I find who I should be like. And I stayed like that: like no one.
In individuals madness is a rarity, but in groups, parties, peoples it is the rule.
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
USER: The word computer professionals use when they mean "idiot."
A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.
Writing is closer to thinking than to speaking.
The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
The mechanism of primary emotions does not describe the full range of emotional behaviors. They are, to be sure, the basic mechanism. However, I believe that in terms of an individual's development they are followed by mechanisms of secondary emotions, which occur once we begin experiencing feelings and forming systematic connections between categories of objects and situations, on the one hand, and primary emotions, on the other.
People often ask how I got interested in the brain; my rethorical answer is: 'How can anyone NOT be interested in it?' Everything you call 'human nature' and consciousness arises from it.
Conventions are unstated agreements within a community to abide by a single way of doing things - not because there is any inherent advantage to the choice, but because there is an advantage to everyone making the same choice.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. 
Do illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?
Whenever you can, count.
A marriage is likely to be called happy if neither party ever expected to get much happiness out of it.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
History isn’t a single narrative, but thousands of alternative narratives. Whenever we choose to tell one, we are also choosing to silence others.
Logic cannot model causal systems, and paradox is generated when time is ignored [as in logic].
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
There is no one, no matter how wise he is, who has not in his youth said things or done things that are so unpleasant to recall in later life that he would expunge them entirely from his memory if that were possible.
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.
My wife and I have an agreement. I don't try to run her life and I don't try to run mine.
The creature that wins against its environment destroys itself.
PHILANTHROPIST: One who gives away what he should give back.
We cannot address complexity without using our own complexity.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
The woof and warp of all thought and all research is symbols, and the life of thought and science is the life inherent in symbols; so that it is wrong to say that a good language is important to good thought, merely; for it is the essence of it.
EXECUTIVE: A man who talks to the visitors while others are doing the work.
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.
Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.
Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
We are permitted to suppose that the relatively small size of the female brain depends in part upon her physical inferiority and in part upon her intellectual inferiority.
Nothing is easier than being busy - and nothing more difficult than being effective.
Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs Italian, the mechanics German, the lovers French and is all organized by the Swiss.

Hell is where the police are German, the chefs British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss is all organized by the Italians.
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, small people talk about other people.
He who gives money he has not earned is generous with other people’s labor.
What a man can be, he must be.
Human beings are born into this little span of life of which the best thing is its friendships and intimacies … and yet they leave their friendships and intimacies with no cultivation, to grow as they will by the roadside, expecting them to "keep" by force of mere inertia.
It's beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.
Schizophrenia --its nature, etiology, and the kind of therapy to use for it--remains one of the most puzzling of the mental illnesses. The theory of schizophrenia presented here is based on communications analysis, and specifically on the Theory of Logical Types. From this theory and from observations of schizophrenic patients is derived a description, and the necessary conditions for, a situation called the "double bind"--a situation in which no matter what a person does, he "can't win." It is hypothesized that a person caught in the double bind may develop schizophrenic symptoms
The only thing that permits human beings to collaborate with one another in a truly open-ended way is their willingness to have their beliefs modified by new facts. Only openness to evidence and argument will secure a common world for us.
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts.
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.
The masses are the opium of religion.
A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.
My main hope is eventually, in modern education field, introduce education about warm-heartedness, not based on religion, but based on common experience and a common sort of sense, and then scientific finding.
Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable because it reverses the direction of tradition.
More people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason.
Writing is the process of removing the outer wrapping to dive into the inner pool. The words on the pages -- the tangible aspect of them -- become the bridges between inner and outer, seen and unseen. How else can I reveal the worlds and worlds (and depths within depths) that I perceive?
Cats are smarter than dogs. You can not get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
The brain abhors discrepancies.
Non-violence means dialogue, using our language, the human language. Dialogue means compromise; respecting each other’s rights; in the spirit of reconciliation there is a real solution to conflict and disagreement. There is no hundred percent winner, no hundred percent loser—not that way but half-and-half. That is the practical way, the only way.
Hell is other people.
Without darkness there are no dreams. 
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Students have no class
As long as one is escaping from loneliness, there is no essential difference between the worship of God and addiction to alcohol. Socially, there may be a difference; but psychologically, the man who runs away from himself, from his own emptiness, whose escape is his search for God, is on the same level as the drunkard.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
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.
Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.
BORE: A person who deprives you with solitude without providing company.
I think that this is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender.
There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.
Humans can be literally poisoned by false ideas and false teachings. Many people have a just horror at the thought of putting poison into tea or coffee, but seem unable to realize that, when they teach false ideas and false doctrines, they are poisoning the time-binding capacity of their fellow men and women. One has to stop and think! There is nothing mystical about the fact that ideas and words are energies which powerfully affect the physico-chemical base of our time-binding activities. Humans are thus made untrue to "human nature." … The conception of man as a mixture of animal and supernatural has for ages kept human beings under the deadly spell of the suggestion that, animal selfishness and animal greediness are their essential character, and the spell has operated to suppress their REAL HUMAN NATURE and to prevent it from expressing itself naturally and freely.
Would there be this eternal seeking if the found existed?
We are all prisoners of our thoughts.
The recognition of the difference between appearance and reality is a human discovery.
If every man could act as he chose, the whole of history would be a tissue of disconnected accidents.
Rather than being a luxury, emotions are a very intelligent way of driving an organism toward certain outcomes.
He who does not fill his world with phantoms remains alone.
Thinking is difficult, so most of us judge.
Every new concept first comes to the mind in a judgment.
Love is blind, but marriage restores its sight.
Gossip is certainly one of the things that language is useful for, because it's always handy to know who needs a favor, who can offer a favor, who's available, who's under the protection of a jealous spouse. And being the first to get a piece of gossip is like engaging in insider trading: You can capitalize on an opportunity before anyone else can.
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
All you need is love.
The word ‘consciousness’ is a clever trick that we use to keep from thinking about how thinking works. We take a lot of different phenomena and we give them all the same name, and then you think you’ve got it.
We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns.
I think that we're all mentally ill. Those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better - and maybe not all that much better after all.
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