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Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.
Marriage is when a man and woman become as one; the trouble starts when they try to decide which one.
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
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.
I do not think thoughts, thoughts think me,
I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men.
Man's achievements rest upon the use of symbols.... we must consider ourselves as a symbolic, semantic class of life, and those who rule the symbols, rule us.
One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
You wound and you will wound again. Because you wound and then you go away. You do not stay with the wound.
An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.
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.
We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are. 
Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
As an atheist, I am angry that we live in a society in which the plain truth cannot be spoken without offending 90% of the population.
We philosophers are mistake specialists.
No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness.
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!
Fear and trust cannot go together.
I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood.
Remember that politics, colonialism, imperialism and war also originate in the human brain.
We have a choice. We have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That's it. Conversation and violence. And faith is a conversation stopper.
In all the works on pedagogy that ever I read — and they have been many, big, and heavy — I don't remember that any one has advocated a system of teaching by practical jokes, mostly cruel. That, however, describes the method of our great teacher, Experience.
While there is no guarantee that rational people will always agree, the irrational are certain to be divided by their dogmas.
The fear of separation is all that unites.
If God had wanted to put everything into the universe from the beginning, He would have created a universe without change, without organisms and evolution, and without man and man's experience of change. But he seems to have thought that a live universe with events unexpected even by Himself would be more interesting than a dead one.
In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
Capitalism' is a dirty word for many intellectuals, but there are a number of studies showing that open economies and free trade are negatively correlated with genocide and war.
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
The rules of the universe that we think we know are buried deep in our processes of perception.
Objectivity is a subject's delusion that observing can be done without him. Involving objectivity is abrogating responsibility – hence its popularity.
Any theory that makes progress is bound to be initially counterintuitive.
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.
Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.
Ever notice that anyone going slower than you is an idiot, but anyone going faster is a maniac?
The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
Stripped to its essentials, every decision in life amounts to choosing which lottery ticket to buy. . . . Most organisms don't buy lottery tickets, but they all choose between gambles every time their bodies can move in more than one way. They should be willing to 'pay' for information---in tissue, energy, and time---if the cost is lower than the expected payoff in food, safety, mating opportunities, and other resources, all ultimately valuated in the expected number of surviving offspring. In multicellular animals the information is gathered and translated into profitable decisions by the nervous system.
Once, the governing human metaphor was pastoral or agricultural, and it clarified, and so preserved in human care, the natural cycles of birth, growth, death, and decay. But modern humanity's governing metaphor is that of the machine. Having placed ourselves in charge of creation, we began to mechanize both the creation itself and our conception of it. We began to see the whole creation merely as raw material, to be transformed by machines into a manufactured Paradise.
The days of the digital watch are numbered.
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
Cats are smarter than dogs. You can not get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
Our knowledge can be only finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.
Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.
The truth is so precious that it must be guarded by a vast bodyguard of lies.
The position of the Muslim community in the face of all provocations seems to be: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn't, we will kill you.
FAIRY TALE: a horror story to prepare children for the newspapers.
We find systems which by their very nature and definition are not closed systems. Every living organism is essentially an open system. It maintains itself in a continuous inflow and outflow, a building up and breaking down of components, never being, so long as it is alive, in a state of chemical and thermodynamic equilibrium but maintained in a so-called steady state which is distinct from the latter.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.
The problem that religious moderation poses for all of us is that it
Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism.
Let us imagine that the aboriginal-original human specimen was one of two brother apes, A and B; they were alike in every respect; both were animal space-binders; but something strange happened to B; he became the first time-binder, a human. … He had thus a new faculty, he belonged to a new dimension; but, of course, he did not realize it; and because he had this new capacity he was able to analyze his brother "A"; he observed "A is my brother; he is an animal; but he is my brother; therefore, I AM AN ANIMAL." This fatal first conclusion, reached by false analogy, by neglecting a fact, has been the chief source of human woe for half a million years and it still survives. … He [then] said to himself, "If I am an animal there is also in me something higher, a spark of some thing supernatural."
Mentality on our approach simply comes in when the organism is able to point out meanings to others and to himself. This is the point at which mind appears, or if you like, emerges…. It is absurd to look at the mind simply from the standpoint of the individual human organism; for, although it has its focus there, it is essentially a social phenomenon; even its biological functions are primarily social.
Who would I want to read my journal? An insightful, compassionate voyeur, perhaps. Or, maybe I'm secretly writing to/for the god I wish existed, the god I longed for during my childhood and teenage years... Or, I’m writing to that part of myself (and all of us) that can forgive. As if true and original writing makes forgiveness natural.
He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.
Anything that makes it easier to imagine trading places with someone else increases your moral consideration for that other person.
If you fear failure, you shall never succeed.
Works of genius have this in common, that even when they vividly capture the nothingness of things, when they clearly show and make us feel the inevitable unhappiness of life, and when they express the most terrible despair, nonetheless to a great soul -- though he find himself in a state of extreme duress, disillusion, nothingness, noia, and despair of life, or in the bitterest and deadliest misfortunes (caused by deep feelings or whatever) -- these works always console and rekindle enthusiasm; and though they treat or represent only death, they give back to him, at least temporarily, that life which he had lost.
We do not judge the people we love.
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.
Theology is ignorance with wings.
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
Something that cannot be explained cannot be seen.
There are times when I catch myself believing that there is such a thing as something; which is separate from something else.
To be objective is to treat others as you treat an object, a corpse to behave with them like an undertaker.
If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.
Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.
Like the early days of the Internet, the dawn of personal genomics promises benefits and pitfalls that no one can foresee.
I am one of the few people I know of who has argued in print that torture may be an ethical necessity in our war on terror.
What a man can be, he must be.
Intelligence is not about knowing the answers but about asking the questions.
The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.
One change leaves the way open for the introduction of others.
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.
Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
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.
Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reason.
DESTINY: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words.
We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them.
Is this true or only clever? 
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
A man is incomplete until he is married. After that, he is finished.
Few persons care to study logic, because everybody conceives himself to be proficient enough in the art of reasoning already.
The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.
Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do.
A poll conducted by The Washington Post found that 80 percent of Katrina's survivors claim that the event only strengthened their faith in God.
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
My wife and I have an agreement. I don't try to run her life and I don't try to run mine.
A sense of concern for others gives our lives meaning; it is the root of all human happiness
Concepts like those of organization, wholeness, directiveness, teleology, control, self-regulation, differentiation, and the like are alien to conventional science. However, they pop up everywhere in the biological, behavioral, and social sciences and are, in fact, indispensable for dealing with living organisms or social groups. Thus, a basic problem posed to modem science is a general theory of organization. General Systems Theory is, in principle, capable of giving exact definitions for such concepts.
Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.
Life is better than death, health is better than sickness, abundance is better than want, freedom is better than coercion, happiness is better than suffering, and knowledge is better than superstition and ignorance.
The intelligence of the lower forms of animal life, like a great deal of human intelligence, does not involve a self.
But the myth of power is, of course, a very powerful myth, and probably most people in this world more or less believe in it. It is a myth, which, if everybody believes in it, becomes to that extent self-validating. But it is still epistemological lunacy and leads inevitably to various sorts of disaster.
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