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Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
Eternity is absence.
When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
Integrity - When you do the right thing even though no one is watching.
The beauty of a face is not a separate quality but a relation or proportion of qualities to each other.
More may have been learned about the brain and the mind in the 1990s - the so-called decade of the brain - than during the entire previous history of psychology and neuroscience.
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.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
No one can be perfectly free till all are free; no one can be perfectly moral till all are moral; no one can be perfectly happy till all are happy.
Life is best organized as a series of daring ventures from a secure base.
In the 300 years of the crucifixion of Christ to the conversion of Emperor Constantine, polytheistic Roman emperors initiated no more than four general persecutions of Christians. Local administrators and governors incited some anti-Christian violence of their own. Still, if we combine all the victims of all these persecutions, it turns out that in these three centuries the polytheistic Romans killed no more than a few thousand Christians. In contrast, over the course, of the next 1,500 years, Christians slaughtered Christians by the millions, to defend slightly different interpretations of the religion of love and compassion.
In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.
Everyone tells you what's good for you. they don't want you to find your own answers. they want you to believe theirs.
We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction.
Different ‘philosophies’ represent nothing but methods of evaluation, which may lead to empirical mis-evaluation if science and empirical facts are disregarded.
Those who give up liberty for the sake of security deserve neither liberty nor security.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
As long as we think we are worth something, we wrong ourselves.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity
That which does not destroy us makes us stronger.
My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher. And that is a good thing for any man
The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge.
The child needs an organized world rather than an unorganized or unstructured one.
I would say that all traditional philosophies up to and including Marxism have tried to derive the 'ought' from the 'is.' My point of view is that this is impossible; this is a farce.
To be conspicuous by one's absence and listened to by one's silence are two little masterpieces of vanity.
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, small people talk about other people.
Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.
When all think alike, then no one is thinking.
Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves... for they will never cease to be amused.
No people can be both ignorant and free.
I got interested in the emotions after studying patients who had lost the ability to emote and feel under certain circumstances. Many of those patients also had major impairments in their ability to make decisions.
The artist . . . can leave a great many of the most fundamental aspects of culture to be picked up not from his actual words, but from his emphasis. [He can] group and stress [words] so that the reader almost unconsciously receives information which is not explicit in the sentences and which the artist would find it hard - almost impossible - to express in analytic terms. This impressionistic technique is utterly foreign to the methods of science.
You don't get to advertise all the good that your religion does without first scrupulously subtracting all the harm it does and considering seriously the question of whether some other religion, or no religion at all, does better.
A man is incomplete until he is married. After that, he is finished.
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.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. 
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Adopt responsibility for your own well-being, try to put your family together, try to serve your community, try to seek for eternal truth... That's the sort of thing that can ground you in your life, enough so that you can withstand the difficulty of life.
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?
There are more copies than originals among people.
The word "heretic" comes from the Greek word "hereticos", meaning "able to choose" - which pretty much says it all, don't you think?
The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray.
People are not machines, but in all situations where they are given the opportunity, they will act like machines.
DARLING: The popular form of address used in speaking to a member of the opposite sex whose name you cannot at the moment remember.
One of the great problems of philosophy is the relationship between the realm of knowledge and the realm of values. Knowledge is what is; values are what ought to be.
My thinking is first and last and always for the sake of my doing.
I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like.
The doctrine of the sacredness of the soul sounds vaguely uplifting, but in fact is highly malignant. It discounts life on earth as just a temporary phase that people pass through, indeed, an infinitesimal fraction of their existence […] the gradual replacement of lives for souls as the locus of moral value was helped along by the ascendency of skepticism and reason.
No Body is perfect.
A want that is satisfied is no longer a want. The organism is dominated and its behavior organized only by unsatisfied needs. If hunger is satisfied, it becomes unimportant in the current dynamics of the individual.
The method of authority will always govern the mass of mankind; and those who wield the various forms of organized force in the state will never be convinced that dangerous reasoning ought not to be suppressed in some way.
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.
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.
Science is the most durable and nondivisive way of thinking about the human circumstance. It transcends cultural, national, and political boundaries. You don't have American science versus Canadian science versus Japanese science.
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order to things.
Suppose the reasoning centers of the brain can get their hands on the mechanisms that plop shapes into the array and that read their locations out of it. Those reasoning demons can exploit the geometry of the array as a surrogate for keeping certain logical constraints in mind. Wealth, like location on a line, is transitive: if A is richer than B, and B is richer than C, then A is richer than C. By using location in an image to symbolize wealth, the thinker takes advantage of the transitivity of location built into the array, and does not have to enter it into a chain of deductive steps. The problem becomes a matter of plop down and look up. It is a fine example of how the form of a mental representation determines what is easy or hard to think.
Nobody is always stupid, but everyone is stupid sometimes.
Students have no class
Man, when he realizes that he is an object of comedy, does not laugh.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.
Bigamy: Marrying a pretty girl and a good cook !
Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.
If you can stay in love for more than two years, you're on something.
In a work of psychiatry, only the patients' remarks interest me; in a work of criticism, only the quotations.
Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
You cannot take death for apostasy seriously and be working for peace.
Thoughts naturally arise. The point of meditation is not to banish thoughts but to make peace with them by realizing their lack of substance.
Death is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and takes away his desires along with desire's rewards. Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of all pleasures while allowing his appetites to remain, and it brings with it every possible sorrow. Yet men fear death and desire old age.
It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness.
Intelligence, then, is the ability to attain goals in the face of obstacles by means of decisions based on rational (truth-obeying) rules. The computer scientists Allen Newell and Herbert Simon fleshed this idea out further by noting that intelligence consists of specifying a goal, assessing the current situation to see how it differs from the goal, and applying a set of operations that reduce the difference. Perhaps reassuringly, by this definition human beings, not just aliens, are intelligent. We have desires, and we pursue them using beliefs, which, when all goes well, are at least approximately or probabilistically true.
Large numbers of strangers can cooperate successfully by believing in common myths. Any large-scale human cooperation – whether a modern state, a medieval church, an ancient city or an archaic tribe – is rooted in common myths that exist only in people’s collective imagination.
I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed.
CHEMICALS: Noxious substances from which modern foods are made.
Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
A sane society is that which corresponds to the needs of man — not necessarily to what he feels to be his needs, because even the most pathological aims can be felt subjectively as that which the person wants most; but to what his needs are objectively, as they can be ascertained by the study of man. It is our first task then, to ascertain what is the nature of man, and what are the needs which stem from this nature.
I also know that one must do what one can do. No matter how little it is, it is nonetheless a human testimony and human testimonies, as long as they are not based on greed or personal ambition for power, can have unexpected positive effects. ...I believe in local action and in small dimensions. It is only in such environments that human creativity and meaningful identities can truly surface and flourish.
If there is no solution to the problem then don't waste time worrying about it. If there is a solution to the problem then don't waste time worrying about it.
We will never have a perfect world, but it's not romantic or naive to work toward a better one.
Interestingly enough, not all feelings result from the body's reaction to external stimuli. Sometimes changes are purely simulated in the brain maps.
Man is the only animal that is to be dreaded.
If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever.
The masses are the opium of religion.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
All you need is love.
The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human business, it is a question of human survival.
In the transmission of human culture, people always attempt to replicate, to pass on to the next generation the skills and values of the parents, but the attempt always fails because cultural transmission is geared to learning, not DNA.
To be sensitively aware of thought, of feeling, of the world about you, of your office and of nature, is to explode from moment to moment in affection. Without affection, every action becomes burdensome and mechanical and leads to decay.
If someone is too tired to give you a smile, leave one of your own, because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give.
Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.
Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.
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.
Cigarette: A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool on the other.
The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
We are seeking another basic outlook: the world as an organization. This would profoundly change categories of our thinking and influence our practical attitudes. We must envision the biosphere as a whole with mutually reinforcing or mutually destructive inter-dependencies.
In truth you owe naught to any man. You owe all to all men.
A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's....she changes it more often !!
All my writing is a reflection of my core, bits of my core. All those bits...and as they fall onto the page, the puzzle automatically gets put together -- the way a plant gets put together just by being itself and growing day-by-day. Journals are the organic side of my essence, unfolding...
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