The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope.
A man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.
The map is not the territory … The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map...
You can't say civilization isn't advancing, in every war they kill you in a new way.
Every new concept first comes to the mind in a judgment.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Imagine a world in which generations of human beings come to believe that certain films were made by God or that specific software was coded by him. Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars or Windows 98. Could anything -- anything -- be more ridiculous? And yet, this would be no more ridiculous than the world we are living in.
When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
What surprises me most is “Man”, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present; The result being he doesn’t live in the present or the future; He lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.
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.
Whenever you speak to someone, you are presuming the two of you have a certain degree of familiarity - which your words might alter. So every sentence has to do two things at once: convey a message and continue to negotiate that relationship.
We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
My thought is me: that is why I cannot stop thinking. I exist because I think I cannot keep from thinking.
SEX: The most fun you can have without laughing.
You can never understand love, unless you fall in love. This is valid for eve ry living system. You cannot attempt to understand something of which you are not a part.
I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.
Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
Love is not a sentiment, not romanticism, not dependent on something, and that state is extremely arduous and difficult to understand, or to be in—because our minds are always interfering, limiting, encroaching upon its functioning. Therefore it is important to understand first the mind and its ways; otherwise we shall be caught in illusions, caught in words and sensations that have very little significance.
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
The secret of getting things done is to act!
The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
I am chained to the earth to pay for the freedom of my eyes.
People run in packs because they don't feel safe alone. I run alone because I don't feel safe in packs.
Human relationsHuman relations
All our behaviours are a result of neurophysiological activity in the brain. There is no reason to believe there is any magic going on.
To have intelligence there must be freedom, and you cannot be free if you are constantly being urged to become like some hero, for then the hero is important and not you.
Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true.
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.
Islam, at the moment, is the motherlode of bad ideas.
We will never deny that subsistence is a fundamental human need which must be satisfied through adequate income, nutrition, housing and work for all. But we will also insist that protection, affection, understanding, participation, leisure, creation, identity and freedom are extremely fundamental human needs as well.
Only what you hide is profound, is true.
She was so ugly when she was born, her Momma used to borrow a baby to take to church on Sunday.
It begins with skepticism. The history of human folly, and our own susceptibility to illusions and fallacies, tell us that men and women are fallible.
Just as blueprints don't necessarily specify blue buildings, selfish genes don't necessarily specify selfish organisms. As we shall see, sometimes the most selfish thing a gene can do is build a selfless brain. Genes are a play within a play, not the interior monologue of the players.
Indeed, the line between perceiving and hallucinating is not as crisp as we like to think. In a sense, when we look at the world, we are hallucinating all the time. One could almost regard perception as the act of choosing the one hallucination that best fits the incoming data.
Better never begin; once begun, better finish.
Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
WEDDING: A necessary formality before securing a divorce.
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.
What would our world be like if we ceased to worry about 'right' and 'wrong,' or 'good' and 'evil,' and simply acted so as to maximize well-being, our own and that of others? Would we lose anything important?
We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.
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 guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you've propbably misunderstood what I've said.
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
What is the pattern that connects the crab to the lobster and the primrose to the orchid, and all of them to me, and me to you?
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."
Our faith is faith in some one else's faith.
Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
You can do what you decide to do — but you cannot decide what you will decide to do.
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
One problem with our current society is that we have an attitude towards education as if it is there to simply make you more clever, make you more ingenious… Even though our society does not emphasize this, the most important use of knowledge and education is to help us understand the importance of engaging in more wholesome actions and bringing about discipline within our minds. The proper utilization of our intelligence and knowledge is to effect changes from within to develop a good heart.
Money is the most universal and most efficient system of mutual trust ever devised.
Americans are notoriously ill-informed about evolution. A recent Gallup poll (June 1993) discovered that 47 percent of adult Americans believe that Homo sapiens is a species created by God less than ten thousand years ago.
There are so many attention whores out there, prostituting for people's acknowledgment.
One is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become. One lives one's death, one dies one's life.
Life and DeathLife and Death
The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
There is no fundamental difference between man and the lower animals in their mental faculties... The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.
The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.
Modern theory is about objects lower than man; even stars, being common things, are lower than man.
What the neurology tells us is that the self consists of many components, and the notion of one unitary self may well be an illusion.
I do not think thoughts, thoughts think me,
Don't compare yourself with other people; compare yourself with who you were yesterday.
There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.
Cognitive psychology tells us that the unaided human mind is vulnerable to many fallacies and illusions because of its reliance on its memory for vivid anecdotes rather than systematic statistics.
In fact, war may be just another obstacle an enlightened species learns to overcome, like pestilence, hunger, and poverty.
To compare is the very nature of a mind that is not awake to discover what is true.
By learning which manipulations achieve which goals, humans have mastered the art of the surprise attack. They use novel, goal-oriented courses of action to overcome the Maginot Line defenses of other organisms, which can respond only over evolutionary time. The manipulations can be novel because human knowledge is not just couched in concrete instructions like 'how to catch a rabbit.' Humans analyze the world using intuitive theories of objects, forces, paths, places, manners, states, substances, hidden biochemical essences, and, for other animals and people, beliefs and desires. . . . People compose new knowledge and plans by mentally playing out combinatorial interactions among these laws in their mind's eye.
Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.
All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
An expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.
It's natural to think that living things must be the handiwork of a designer. But it was also natural to think that the sun went around the earth. Overcoming naive impressions to figure out how things really work is one of humanity's highest callings.
It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.
Money does not bring happiness, it buys it.
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
The secret of change consists in concentrating one's energy to create the new, and not to fight against the old.
We really are creatures of a violent world, biologically speaking - watching violence and learning about it is one of our cognitive drives.
Countries with high levels of atheism are . . . the most charitable both in terms of the percentage of their wealth they devote to social welfare programs and the percentage they give in aid to the developing world.
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
CONSCIENCE: The inner voice that warns us that someone may be looking.
Poverty becomes a marvellously beautiful thing when the mind is free of society. One must become poor inwardly for then there is no seeking, no asking, no desire, no - nothing! It is only this inward poverty that can see the truth of a life in which there is no conflict at all.
It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars.
We may say that feelings have two kinds of intensity. One is the intensity of the feeling itself, by which loud sounds are distinguished from faint ones, luminous colors from dark ones, highly chromatic colors from almost neutral tints, etc. The other is the intensity of consciousness that lays hold of the feeling, which makes the ticking of a watch actually heard infinitely more vivid than a cannon shot remembered to have been heard a few minutes ago.
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.
Everything we think and feel (and keep thinking and feeling) creates, deep within, the brain we have.
I don't know what makes you so dumb, but it works!
Well done is better than well said.
All our evil comes from our inability to be alone.
If you look in general at people who live in anarchy, they have quite high rates of death from either homicide or warfare or both. Anarchy is one of the main reasons for violence, and it may be the most important.
Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.
Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.
Following of authority in any form, whether self-imposed or established from outside, as well as any form of imitation, copying, is destructive of incentive, of creativeness, and that it blocks the discovery of what is true.
If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
Happiness is a state of mind.