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Climate change could produce a lot of misery and waste without necessarily leading to large-scale armed conflict, which depends more on ideology and bad governance than on resource scarcity.
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
Unlike statements of fact, which require no further work on our part, lies must be continually protected from collisions with reality.
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a time of moral crisis, remain neutral.
When rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die.
Chance alone is at the source of all novelty, all creation in the biosphere.
Social psychology is especially interested in the effect which the social group has in the determination of the experience and conduct of the individual member.
The exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess sucess is our national disease.
Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.
Our wills are simply not of our own making. Thoughts and intentions emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we exert no conscious control. We do not have the freedom we think we have.
Thoughts naturally arise. The point of meditation is not to banish thoughts but to make peace with them by realizing their lack of substance.
METAPHOR: A way of holding the most truth in the least space.
I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
Rigor alone is paralytic death, but imagination alone is insanity.
The big print giveth and the small print taketh away.
No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.
The process of comparison and condemnation prevents you from observing, studying. So a real student is one who observes everything in life, outwardly as well as inwardly, without comparing, approving, or condemning.
The truth is something that burns. It burns off dead wood. And people don't like having the dead wood burnt off, often because they're 95 percent dead wood.
Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't.
I am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul.
Do not ever tell a child 'you belong to this religion'. This is child abuse.
We are free to burn the Qur’an or any other book, and to criticize Muhammad or any other human being. Let no one forget it.
I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.
To speak plainly and truthfully about the state of our world - to say, for instance, that the Bible and the Koran both contain mountains of life-destroying gibberish - is antithetical to tolerance as moderates currently conceive it. But we can no longer afford the luxury of such political correctness. We must finally recognize the price we are paying to maintain the iconography of our ignorance.
There is a quasi-scientific fable that if you can get a frog to sit quietly in a saucepan of cold water, and if you then raise the temperature of the water very slowly and smoothly so that there is no moment marked to be the moment at which the frog should jump, he will never jump. He will get boiled. Is the human species changing its own environment with slowly increasing pollution and rotting its mind with slowly deteriorating religion and education in such a saucepan?
From the cradle to the grave, each individual pays for the sin of not being God.
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.
Don't find fault, find a remedy.
The a priori method is distinguished for its comfortable conclusions. It is the nature of the process to adopt whatever belief we are inclined to, and there are certain flatteries to the vanity of man which we all believe by nature, until we are awakened from our pleasing dream by rough facts.
It is naively assumed that the fact that the majority of people share certain ideas or feelings proves the validity of these ideas and feelings. Nothing is further from the truth. Consensual validation as such has no bearing whatsoever on reason or mental health. Just as there is a folie à deux there is a folie à millions. The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same mental pathology does not make these people sane.
When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.
Ultimately, fear of failure generates a vicious circle that creates what is most feared. To break this cycle, you need to make peace with failure. It isn't enough to merely tolerate it; you need to appreciate the failure and use it ...
Nobody is always stupid, but everyone is stupid sometimes.
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?
When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.
Morality is not just any old topic in psychology but close to our conception of the meaning of life. Moral goodness is what gives each of us the sense that we are worthy human beings.
It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.
SPOUSE: Someone who'll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn't have had if you'd stayed single.
The reason I'm not a neurobiologist but a cognitive psychologist is that I think looking at brain tissue is often the wrong level of analysis. You have to look at a higher level of organization.
People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
The harm that I have not done, what harm it has done!
You learn something every day if you pay attention.
I think students should know something about religion as a historical phenomenon, in the same way that they should know something about socialism and humanism and the other great ideas that have shaped political philosophies and therefore the course of human events.
We are here to make another world.
God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't.
Another characteristic of mathematical thought is that it can have no success where it cannot generalize.
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.
Through memory we travel against time, through forgetfulness we follow its course.
The function of the nervous system is to bring each part into harmonious co-operation with every other.
It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than "try to be a little kinder."
The neurosis in which the search for safety takes its clearest form is in the compulsive-obsessive neurosis. Compulsive- obsessives try frantically to order and stabilize the world so that no unmanageable, unexpected or unfamiliar dangers will ever appear.
It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.
Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words.
CHRISTIAN: One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbors.
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
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.
Doubt grows with knowledge.
Theory is when we know everything but nothing works. Praxis is when everything works but we do not know why. We always end up by combining theory with praxis: nothing works and we do not know why.
I want to make clear only that words are not the things spoken about, and that there is no such thing as an object in absolute isolation.
Bravery is not the absence of fear. Bravery is feeling the fear, the doubt, the insecurity, and deciding that something else is more important.
BUREAUCRAT: A person who cuts red tape sideways.
IDIOT: A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling.
Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.
I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter. Far more important is that they be a good human being.
Become aware of your own insufficiency.
Everyone is right from their point of view, and the points of view can be very different.
There is no real independent self, aloof from other human beings, inspecting the world, inspecting other people. You are, in fact, connected not just via Facebook and Internet, you're actually quite literally connected by your neurons.
People prefer bad company to solitude and anything to one's own company.
Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?
Our ability to perceive the world around us seems so effortless that we tend to take it for granted.
We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are. 
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.
No Body is perfect.
If the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Curiosity illuminates the correct path to anything in life. If you're not curious, that's when your brain is starting to die.
Man is the creature who does not know what to desire, and he turns to others in order to make up his mind. We desire what others desire because we imitate their desires.
Il miglior combattente non è mai arrabbiato.
There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen, even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.
Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.
I listen to all these complaints about rudeness and intemperateness, and the opinion that I come to is that there is no polite way of asking somebody: have you considered the possibility that your entire life has been devoted to a delusion? But that’s a good question to ask. Of course we should ask that question and of course it’s going to offend people. Tough.
Hard sciences are successful because they deal with the soft problems; soft sciences are struggling because they deal with the hard problems.
The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
I would ask something more of this world if it had something more.
In order to learn one must change one’s mind.
A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience.
Something that cannot be explained cannot be seen.
Invention, using the term most broadly, and imitation, are the two legs, so to call them, on which the human race historically has walked.
No one is really alone in this world: everyone has its own god, its own sorrow or its own pride keeping company.
The vast majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have always been derided as fools and madmen.
CHEF: Any cook who swears in French.
We create the world that we perceive, not because there is no reality outside our heads, but because we select and edit the reality we see to conform to our beliefs about what sort of world we live in. The man who believes that the resources of the world are infinite, for example, or that if something is good for you then the more of it the better, will not be able to see his errors, because he will not look for evidence of them. For a man to change the basic beliefs that determine his perception - his epistemological premises - he must first become aware that reality is not necessarily as he believes it to be. Sometimes the dissonance between reality and false beliefs reaches a point when it becomes impossible to avoid the awareness that the world no longer makes sense. Only then is it possible for the mind to consider radically different ideas and perceptions.
Whenever you can, count.
Intelligence is not about knowing the answers but about asking the questions.
He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.
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