Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices.
If you can change your mind, you can change your life.
The romantic contrast between modern industry that “destroys nature” and our ancestors who “lived in harmony with nature” is groundless. Long before the Industrial Revolution, Homo sapiens held the record among all organisms for driving the most plant and animal species to their extinctions. We have the dubious distinction of being the deadliest species in the annals of life.
Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.
The only link between the verbal and objective world is exclusively structural, necessitating the conclusion that the only content of all "knowledge" is structural. Now structure can be considered as a complex of relations, and ultimately as multi-dimensional order. From this point of view, all language can be considered as names for unspeakable entities on the objective level, be it things or feelings, or as names of relations. In fact... we find that an object represents an abstraction of a low order produced by our nervous system as the result of a sub-microscopic events acting as stimuli upon the nervous system.
Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.
The final upshot of thinking is the exercise of volition, and of this thought no longer forms a part; but belief is only a stadium of mental action, an effect upon our nature due to thought, which will influence future thinking.
Unless someone truly has the power to say no, they never truly have the power to say yes.
To suppose universal laws of nature capable of being apprehended by the mind and yet having no reason for their special forms, but standing inexplicable and irrational, is hardly a justifiable position. Uniformities are precisely the sort of facts that need to be accounted for. Law is par excellence the thing that wants a reason. Now the only possible way of accounting for the laws of nature, and for uniformity in general, is to suppose them results of evolution.
All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
Things don’t have to change the world to be important.
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Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
You are rich if you have enough money to satisfy all your desires. So there are two ways to be rich: you earn, inherit, borrow, beg, or steal enough money to meet all your desires; or you cultivate a simple lifestyle of few desires; that way you always have enough money.
A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.
Always remember that it is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood: there will always be some who misunderstand you.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
To use words to sense reality is like going with a lamp to search for darkness.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
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Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives.
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If you face just one opponent, and you doubt yourself, you're out-numbered.
Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, Why me? And the voice says: "Nothing personal your name just happened to come up".
We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.
it is very important, while you are young, to be real revolutionaries—which means not accepting anything, but inquiring into all these things to find out what is true. Only then can you create a new world.
Only what you hide is profound, is true.
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.
For every complicated problem there is a simple, easy to understand, wrong answer.
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The period of enthusiasm, heat, and agitated imagination is not right [for poetic creation]; indeed it works against it. One needs a time of intensity, but tranquil intensity, a time of real genius rather than real excitement . . . , an impression of past or future or habitual emotion rather than its actual presence -- one could say its twilight rather than its bright noon. Often the best moment occurs when, the feeling and impulse being over, the mind though calm surges up again after the storm, as it were, to pleasurably recall the past sensation.
The problem with religion, because it's been sheltered from criticism, is that it allows people to believe en masse what only idiots or lunatics could believe in isolation.
Too little liberty brings stagnation, and too much brings chaos.
Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.
I hope I never get so old I get religious.
If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.
CHEF: Any cook who swears in French.
In reality, hope is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs man's torments.
When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
Reason is non-negotiable. Try to argue against it, or to exclude it from some realm of knowledge, and you've already lost the argument, because you're using reason to make your case. And no, this isn't having "faith" in reason (in the same way that some people have faith in miracles), because we don't "believe" in reason; we use reason.
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.
Whatever you say it is, is simply what YOU SAY it is.
There is a secret to live a happy life, but it remains, in fact, a secret.
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.
If you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.
It is better to be hated for what one is, than loved for what one is not.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
True, you don't have to be religious to be crazy, but it helps.
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
It seems evident that everything which exists in nature, is natural, no matter how simple or complicated a phenomenon it is; and on no occasion can the so-called 'supernatural' be anything else than a completely natural law, though it may, at the moment, be above and beyond the present understanding.
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
Science, like art, religion, commerce, warfare, and even sleep, is based on presuppositions.
Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future.
Activity is the only road to knowledge.
People tend to talk about what people tend to talk about.
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.
One of the perks of being a psychologist is access to tools that allow you to carry out the injunction to know thyself.
Maxims, because what is isolated can be seen better.
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.
Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
Woman was God's second mistake.
If you had love in your heart, you would show respect to those who have nothing and also to those who have everything; you would neither be afraid of those who have, nor disregard those who have not. Respect in the hope of reward is the outcome of fear. In love there is no fear.
Non esiste nulla all'infuori del Tutto.
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.
In a mad world, only the mad are sane.
You have to lose your mind in order to regain your senses.
Humility is no substitute for a good personality.
Conscious evolution begins as we take responsibility for clearing our own obstructions.
I'm not perfect... But I'm enough.
Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
When the rules are more important than people, destructiveness is inevitable.
The brain abhors discrepancies.
Isn't keeping statistics on violence a form of violence?
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.
The emotions triggered by fiction are very real.
Women like silent men. They think they're listening.
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.
Narratives are not fixed. We change our narratives for ourselves and we change them not necessarily deliberately. In other words, some people do, some people will constantly reconstruct their biography for external purposes, it's a very interesting political ploy.
SPOUSE: Someone who'll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn't have had if you'd stayed single.
As individual people, embedded in our daily lives, of course we're interested in what makes one person different from another. We've got to hire one person and not another, marry one person and not another.
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Another peculiar characteristic of the human organism when it is dominated by a certain need is that the whole philosophy of the future tends also to change. For our chronically and extremely hungry man, Utopia can be defined very simply as a place where there is plenty of food.
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
When a thing is new, people say: ‘It is not true.’ Later, when its truth becomes obvious, they say: ‘It is not important.’ Finally, when its importance cannot be denied, they say: ‘Anyway, it is not new.
When we talk about emotion, we really talk about a collection of behaviors that are produced by the brain. You can look at a person in the throes of an emotion and observe changes in the face, in the body posture, in the coloration of the skin and so on.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Remember that politics, colonialism, imperialism and war also originate in the human brain.
As I said, relationship has true significance only when it is a process of self-revelation, when it is revealing oneself in the very action of relationship. But most of us do not want to be revealed in relationship.
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Man is the only animal that is to be dreaded.
If every man could act as he chose, the whole of history would be a tissue of disconnected accidents.
Any object of thought is both 'more than what we think, and different'.
You wouldn't be normal if you didn't react in an abnormal way.
A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, small people talk about other people.
For one thing, before the 20th century, there were plenty of genocides. We tend to forget about them, partly because they weren't as well documented and partly because, until recently, people didn't care. We used euphemisms like 'sackings' and 'sieges' instead of calling them 'genocides.'
Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.