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Since the obvious purpose of pain, misery, and suffering is to tell you something is wrong, fix it, change it, reform, improve, get help; if you don’t have the strength to do it, you are stuck with the pain. This is not to say that people with strength don’t suffer—they do. They have no immunity to life, but when they feel pain, they get moving or at least they try to do something, and the more strength they have the more successful their efforts are.
My neighbor's poverty makes me feel poor; my own does not.
Unlike statements of fact, which require no further work on our part, lies must be continually protected from collisions with reality.
Your conscious life is an elaborate after-the-fact rationalization of things you really do for other reasons.
If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.
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.
It is necessary to study not only parts and processes in isolation, but also to solve the decisive problems found in organization and order unifying them, resulting from dynamic interaction of parts, and making the the behavoir of the parts different when studied in isolation or within the whole.
Life comes at us in waves. We can't predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf.
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.
They told Van Gogh he used too much paint, and Englebart that the mouse was pointless. Galileo and Copernicus were called heretics for seeing the world for what it was. Dylan and Guthrie were told they couldn’t sing and that they had nothing to say. DaVinci’s helicopters and Tesla’s radio waves stayed in notebooks for years, as the ideas were too weird for ordinary minds to understand.
http://www.scottberkun.com/blog/2011/why-you-should-be-weird/
I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you've propbably misunderstood what I've said.
The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
It is just the ones who have loved and been well loved, and who have had many deep friendships who can hold out against hatred, rejection or persecution.
The object of education ought not to be to make all men think alike, but to make each think in the way which is the fullest expression of his own.
So you see that the process of education, taken in a large way, may be described as nothing but the process of acquiring ideas or conceptions, the best educated mind being the mind which has the largest stock of them, ready to meet the largest possible variety of the emergencies of life. The lack of education means only the failure to have acquired them, and the consequent liability to be 'floored' and 'rattled' in the vicissitudes of experience.
Faith: not *wanting* to know what is true.
Also the principle of stress, so often invoked in psychology, psychiatry, and psychosomatics, needs some reevaluation. As everything in the world, stress too is an ambivalent thing. Stress is not only a danger to life to be controlled and neutralized by adaptive mechanisms; it also creates higher life.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.
Biology occupies a position among the sciences at once marginal and central. Marginal because -- the living world constituting but a tiny and very "special" part of the universe -- it does not seem likely that the study of living beings will ever uncover general laws applicable outside the biosphere. But if the ultimate aim of the whole of science is indeed, as I believe, to clarify man's relationship to the universe, then biology must be accorded a central position.
As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.
We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
CONSERVATIVE: A statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.
Man, when he realizes that he is an object of comedy, does not laugh.
Truth is a pathless land.
Here is a neuron that fires when I reach and grab something, but it also fires when I watch Joe reaching and grabbing something. ... It's as though this neuron is adopting the other person's point of view.
The only good in man is his young feelings and his old thoughts.
Mathematics is purely hypothetical: it produces nothing but conditional propositions.
Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.
The days of the digital watch are numbered.
Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got.
The problem is that religion tends to give people bad reasons to be good.
When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity
There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.
The beauty of reason is that it can always be applied to understand failures of reason.
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
Whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.
Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character,


commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.
No general description of the mode of advance of human knowledge can be just which leaves out of account the social aspect of knowledge. That is of its very essence. What a thing society is! The workingman, with his trade union, knows that. Men and women moving in polite society understand it, still better. But Bohemians, like me, whose work is done in solitude, are apt to forget that not only is a man as a whole little better than a brute in solitude, but also that everything that bears any important meaning to him must receive its interpretation from social considerations.
All God's children are not beautiful. Most of God's children are, in fact, barely presentable.
A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.
It is the 'zoomorphic' or 'rattomorphic' fallacy - the expressed or implicit contention that there is no essential difference between rat and man - which makes American psychology so profoundly disturbing.
Either our wills are determined by prior causes and we are not responsible for them, or they are the product of chance and we are not responsible for them.
No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical. 
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.
We must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Those who control their passions do so because their passions are weak enough to be controlled.
Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.
The harm that I have not done, what harm it has done!
Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
The most solid pleasure in this life is the empty pleasure of illusion.
There is an efficiency inspired by love which goes far beyond and is much greater than the efficiency of ambition; and without love, which brings an integrated understanding of life, efficiency breeds ruthlessness. Is this not what is actually taking place all over the world? Our present education is geared to industrialization and war, its principal aim being to develop efficiency; and we are caught in this machine of ruthless competition and mutual destruction. If education leads to war, if it teaches us to destroy or be destroyed, has it not utterly failed?
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.
In my silence only my voice is missing.
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.
Few persons care to study logic, because everybody conceives himself to be proficient enough in the art of reasoning already.
There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.
Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy.
I am the captain of my soul.
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.
What we see depends mainly on what we look for
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.
A falling tree makes more noise than a growing forest.
There's the common veneration (not just by the religious) of faith, namely believing something without a good reason.
Everyone tells you what's good for you. they don't want you to find your own answers. they want you to believe theirs.
Illusions, however weakened and unmasked by reason, still remain and form the chief part of our life.
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 only gift is giving to the poor; all else is exchange.
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.
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
The secret of getting things done is to act!
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
Consistency is the playground of dull minds.
Trivers, pursuing his theory of the emotions to its logical conclusion, notes that in a world of walking lie detectors the best strategy is to believe your own lies. You can’t leak your hidden intentions if you don’t think they are your intentions. According to his theory of self-deception, the conscious mind sometimes hides the truth from itself the better to hide it from others. But the truth is useful, so it should be registered somewhere in the mind, walled off from the parts that interact with other people.
I am asking myself what is fear: not what I am afraid of. I lead a certain kind of life; I think in a certain pattern; I have certain beliefs and dogmas and I don't want those patterns of existence to be disturbed because I have my roots in them. I don't want them to be disturbed because the disturbance produces a state of unknowing and I dislike that. If I am torn away from everything I know and believe, I want to be reasonably certain of the state of things to which I am going. So the brain cells have created a pattern and those brain cells refuse to create another pattern which may be uncertain. The movement from certainty to uncertainty is what I call fear.
It is better for you to take responsibility for your life as it is, instead of blaming others, or circumstances, for your predicament. As your eyes open, you'll see that your state of health, happiness, and every circumstance of your life has been, in large part, arranged by you - consciously or unconsciously.
I'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member.
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
Who rules our symbols, rules us.
There are so many attention whores out there, prostituting for people's acknowledgment.
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
Fear and trust cannot go together.
Cats are smarter than dogs. You can not get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.
History isn’t a single narrative, but thousands of alternative narratives. Whenever we choose to tell one, we are also choosing to silence others.
Roads, better harnesses for horses, time-keeping devices, financial instruments like a currency that was recognized everywhere in the kingdom, enforceable contracts - all of this made commerce more appealing than plunder.
God must love stupid people, he made so many.
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
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.
At times I want to be found.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
A sign, or representamen, is something which stands to somebody for something in some respect or capacity. It addresses somebody,that is, creates in the mind of that person an equivalent sign, or perhaps a more developed sign. That sign which it creates I call the interpretant of the first sign. The sign stands for something, its object. It stands for that object, not in all respects, but in reference to a sort of idea, which I have sometimes called the ground of the representamen.
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