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Whatever we may say will not be the objective level, which remains fundamentally un-speakable. Thus, we can sit on the object called 'a chair', but we cannot sit on the noise we made or the name we applied to that object.
 
There is nothing I can't live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.
 
Carry your groceries, garden, and do other activities that keep you moving. You will add more years to your life and more life to your years.
 
We are confronted with problems of organized complexity... organization runs through all levels of reality and science.
 
If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
 
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.
 
Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
 
If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.
 
Non-violence means dialogue, using our language, the human language. Dialogue means compromise; respecting each other’s rights; in the spirit of reconciliation there is a real solution to conflict and disagreement. There is no hundred percent winner, no hundred percent loser—not that way but half-and-half. That is the practical way, the only way.
 
My thinking is first and last and always for the sake of my doing.
 
General system theory, therefore, is a general science of "wholeness...The meaning of the somewhat mystical expression, "The whole is more that the sum of its parts" is simply that constitutive characteristics are not explanable from the characteristics of the isolated parts. The characteristics of the complex, therefore, appear as "new" or "emergent.
 
We know the meaning so long as no one asks us to define it.
 
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
 
We're only as needy as our unmet needs.
 
So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
 
The first thing the intellect does with an object is to class it along with something else. But any object that is infinitely important to us and awakens our devotion feels to us also as if it must be sui generis and unique. Probably a crab would be filled with a sense of personal outrage if it could hear us class it without ado or apology as a crustacean, and thus dispose of it. "I am no such thing," it would say; "I am MYSELF, MYSELF alone.
 
It is also true that the less competent a person is in a given domain, the more he will tend to overestimate his abilities. This often produces an ugly marriage of confidence and ignorance that is very difficult to correct for.
 
...the scientific attitude implies what I call the postulate of objectivity—that is to say, the fundamental postulate that there is no plan, that there is no intention in the universe. Now, this is basically incompatible with virtually all the religious or metaphysical systems whatever, all of which try to show that there is some sort of harmony between man and the universe and that man is a product—predictable if not indispensable—of the evolution of the universe.
 
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
 
In a work of psychiatry, only the patients' remarks interest me; in a work of criticism, only the quotations.
 
Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.
 
A person does what he does because he sees the world as he sees it.
 
Yes, I will try to be. Because I believe that not being is arrogant.
 
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.
 
Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
 
It's better to make a mistake with the full force of your being than to timidly avoid mistakes with a trembling spirit. Responsibility means recognizing both pleasure and price, action and consequence, then making a choice.
 
We do as we have been done by.
 
The definition of definition is at bottom just what the maxim of pragmatism expresses.
 
Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations,you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.
 
Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.
 
The more we think of others, the happier we are. The more we think of ourselves, the more suffering we feel.
 
Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
 
I will act as if what i do makes a difference.
 
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.
 
Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.
 
If you ask for something you have to say "Please", if you want to get something you have to please.
 
I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
 
When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
 
Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.
 
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.
 
The earth is not my home, I'm just passing by
 
If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
 
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.
 
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.
 
Beyond all explanations which a good brain can give, why do we choose the worse and not the better, why hate rather than love, why greed and not generosity, why self-centred activity and not open total action? Why be mean when there are soaring mountains and flashing streams? Why jealousy and not love? Why?
 
There are times to let things happen, and times to make things happen. Now is that time. You will either make things happen, watch what happens, or wonder what happened.
 
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
 
Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
 
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
 
Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
 
Management problems are not respecters of the company organization, nor of the talents of the people appointed to solve them.
 
The days of the digital watch are numbered.
 
You wound and you will wound again. Because you wound and then you go away. You do not stay with the wound.
 
Free speech is not just another value. It's the foundation of Western civilization.
 
Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.
 
You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.
 
If you want a real meaning, and you can’t find one, it’s all very well to make one up — but I don’t see how that solves any problems. ... Unless you say how God works, saying that God exists doesn’t explain anything.
 
Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
 
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
 
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.
 
Wholeness [Ganzheit], Gestalt, is the primary attribute of life.
 
In life, stress happens when you resist what arises.
 
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
 
My favorite thing is to go where I've never been.
 
A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals the secret of some hidden treasure.
 
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
 
We discover our character through decisions under pressure.
 
It is necessary to study not only parts and processes in isolation, but also to solve the decisive problems found in organization and order unifying them, resulting from dynamic interaction of parts, and making the the behavoir of the parts different when studied in isolation or within the whole.
 
Culture tends to argue that it forbids only that which is unnatural. But from a biological perspective, nothing is unnatural. Whatever is possible is by definition also natural. A truly unnatural behaviour, one that goes against the laws of nature, simply cannot exist, so it would need no prohibition.
 
I have an existential map; it has 'you are here' written all over it.
 
It requires no great wisdom, it needs only a little reflection, to see that, if we humans radically misconceive the nature of man—if we regard man as being something which he is not, whether it be something higher than man or lower—we thereby commit an error so fundamental and far reaching as to produce every manner of confusion and disaster in individual life, in community life and in the life of the race.
 
Two important characteristics of maps should be noticed. A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness.
 
As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.
 
Therefore, general systems theory should be, methodologically, an important means of controlling and instigating the transfer of principles from one field to another, and it will no longer be necessary to duplicate or triplicate the discovery of the same principles in different fields isolated from the other.
 
Energy follows thought; we move toward, but not beyond, what we can imagine. What we assume, expect, or believe creates and colors our experience. By expanding our deepest beliefs about what is possible, we change our experience of life.
 
I always tell people that religious institutions and political institutions should be separate. So while I'm telling people this, I myself continue with them combined. Hypocrisy!
 
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 sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
 
Don't cut what you can untie.
 
It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
 
Man lives in a world of meaning.
 
Logic doesn't apply to the real world.
 
Any proposition containing the word "is" creates a linguistic structural confusion which will eventually give birth to serious fallacies.
 
What you are the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.
 
Meditation is a valuable exercise, but eventually you have to open up your eyes and look around.
 
I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
 
Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell.
 
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.
 
Existence precedes and rules essence.
 
Hierarchies serve an important function. They enable complete strangers to know how to treat one another without wasting the time and energy needed to become personally acquainted.
 
Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.
 
It is now no mystery that some quite influential 'philosophers' were 'mentally' ill.
 
We must continually remind ourselves that there is a difference between what is natural and what is actually good for us.
 
There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.
 
Today, the fundamental global objective of all education aspiring not only to progress but to the survival of humanity is to Civilize and Unify the Earth and Transform the human species into genuine humanity The education of the future should teach an ethics of planetary understanding.
 
With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
 
The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
 
Conventional physics deals only with closed systems, i.e. systems which are considered to be isolated from their environment... However, 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.
 
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
 
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."
 
I do not want anything over again. Not even a mother.
 
It is a fallacy of the old schools to divide man into parcels, elements, thoughts, emotions, intuitions, etc. All human faculties consist of an interconnected whole.
 
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
 
To be authentic literally means to be your own author.
 
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
 
Scientists, operating in the various disciplines, are encapsulated in their private universe, and it is difficult to get word from one cocoon to the other.
 
In our considerations we started with a general definition of "systems" defined as a "set of elements standing in interrelations... No special hypothesis or statement were made about the nature of the system, of its elements or the relations between them. Nevertheless from this purely formal definition of "system" many properties follow which in part are expressed in laws well-known in various fields of science, and in part concern concepts previously regarded as anthropomorphic, vitalistic. or metaphysical. The parallelism of general conceptions or even special laws in different fields therefore is a consequence of the fact that those are concerned with "systems" and that certain general principles apply to systems irrespective of their nature.
 
The earth is my body, my head is in the stars. (From the film "Harold and Maude")
 
When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
 
Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.
 
While some of us act without thinking, too many of us think without acting.
 
When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.
 
It is easier to stay out than get out.
 
You can change your life with a simple shift of attention. But to make that simple shift, you have to find your heart. It's the only way. Accept yourself, then transcend yourself.
 
Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. We read for the pleasure of thinking another person's thoughts.
 
The world is not something separate from you and me; the world, society, is the relationship that we establish or seek to establish between each other. So you and I are the problem, and not the world, because the world is the projection of ourselves, and to understand the world we must understand ourselves. That world is not separate from us; we are the world, and our problems are the world's problems.
 
We see what we see because we miss all the finer details.
 
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
 
Let’s not pretend that things will change if we keep doing the same things. A crisis can be a real blessing to any person, to any nation. For all crises bring progress. Creativity is born from anguish, just like the day is born form the dark night. It’s in crisis that inventiveness is born, as well as discoveries made and big strategies.
He who overcomes crisis, overcomes himself, without getting overcome. He who blames his failure to a crisis neglects his own talent and is more interested in problems than in solutions. Incompetence is the true crisis.
The greatest inconvenience of people and nations is the laziness with which they attempt to find the solutions to their problems. There’s no challenge without a crisis. Without challenges, life becomes a routine, a slow agony. There’s no merit without crisis. It’s in the crisis where we can show the very best in us. Without a crisis, any wind becomes a tender touch.
To speak about a crisis is to promote it. Not to speak about it is to exalt conformism. Let us work hard instead. Let us stop, once and for all, the menacing crisis that represents the tragedy of not being willing to overcome it.
 
What I have tried to show is that the scientific attitude implies what I call the postulate of objectivity - that is to say, the fundamental postulate that there is no plan, that there is no intention in the universe.
 
In Buddhism, ignorance as the root cause of suffering refers to a fundamental misperception of the true nature of the self and all phenomena.
 
The self has the characteristic that it is an object to itself, and that characteristic distinguishes it from other objects and from the body.
 
Conscious evolution begins as we take responsibility for clearing our own obstructions.
 
Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion..
 
Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism.
 
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.
 
I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.
 
Looking out of my window this lovely spring morning I see an azalea in full bloom. No, no! I do not see that; though that is the only way I can describe what I see. That is a proposition, a sentence, a fact; but what I perceive is not proposition, sentence, fact, but only an image which I make intelligible in part by means of a statement of fact. This statement is abstract; but what I see is concrete.
 
Thus, when a superior intellect and a psychopathic temperament coalesce...in the same individual, we have the best possible conditions for the kind of effective genius that gets into the biographical dictionaries. Such men do not remain mere critics and understanders with their intellect. Their ideas posses them, they inflict them, for better or worse, upon their companions or their age.
 
If you ask, then, where directly in your own experience the “I” comes in, the answer is that it comes in as a historical figure. It is what you were a second ago that is the “I” of the “me.” It is another “me” that has to take that rôle. You cannot get the immediate response of the “I” in the process.
 
For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.
 
A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.
 
I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men.
 
The concept of man as mass robot was both an expression of and a powerful motive force in industrialized mass society. It was the basis for behavioural engineering in commercial, economic, political and other advertising and propaganda; the expanding economy of the 'affluent society' could not subsist without such manipulation. Only by manipulating humans ever more into Skinnerian rats, robots buying automata, homeostatically adjusted conformers and opportunists (or, bluntly speaking, into morons and zombies) can this great society follow its progress toward ever increasing gross national product.
 
Sleep is the best meditation.
 
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.
 
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
 
World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.
 
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
 
One would have to say "in the end everything is a gag, etc" because everything is infinitely more than just a gag. The same applies to other "is"-statements such as "Laughter is an instant vacation"
 
We do not become satisfied by leading a peaceful and prosperous existence. Rather, we become satisfied when reality matches our expectations. The bad news is that as conditions improve, expectations balloon.
 
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.
 
Oh I don't mind going to weddings, just as long as it's not my own...
 
Freedom from mental distraction equals power.
 
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
 
If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.
 
To rid yourself of old patterns, focus all your energy not on struggling with the old, but on building the new.
 
Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
 
My words will either attract a strong mind or offend a weak one.
 
Psycho-galvanic experiments show clearly that every emotion or thought is always connected with some electrical current.
 
Nobody is always stupid, but everyone is stupid sometimes.
 
It is better for you to take responsibility for your life as it is, instead of blaming others, or circumstances, for your predicament. As your eyes open, you'll see that your state of health, happiness, and every circumstance of your life has been, in large part, arranged by you - consciously or unconsciously.
 
The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.
 
Liberals tend to understand that a person can be lucky or unlucky in all matters relevant to his success. Conservatives, however, often make a religious fetish of individualism. Many seem to have absolutely no awareness of how fortunate one must be to succeed at anything in life, no matter how hard one works. One must be lucky to be able to work. One must be lucky to be intelligent, physically healthy, and not bankrupted in middle age by the illness of a spouse.
 
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
 
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
 
There is a fundamental confusion between the notion of the older 'semantics' as connected with a theory of verbal 'meaning' and words defined by words, and the present theory of 'general semantics' where we deal only with neuro-semantic and neuro-linguistic living reactions of Smith, Smith, etc., as their reactions to neuro-semantic and neuro-linguistic environments as environments.
 
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, small people talk about other people.
 
Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.
 
Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
 
And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds, And binding with briars my joys and desires.
 
An open heart is an open mind.
 
Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
 
if you want to do something incredible, something that makes you stand out above the rest, then you have to become comfortable being different from the rest. People will think you’re weird, crazy, selfish, arrogant, irresponsible, obnoxious, stupid, disrespectful, fat, insecure, ugly, shallow, etc. Those closest to you will often become the harshest. If you have weak boundaries or are not confident with your own ideas and desires, then you’re not going to make it very far.
 
Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
 
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.
 
When you attach a label make sure it can come off because things can change.
 
Identification makes general sanity and complete adjustment impossible. Training in non-identity plays a therapeutic role with adults.
 
Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.
 
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.
 
Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
 
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.
 
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.
 
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
 
When I'm right no one remembers, when I'm wrong no one forgets.
 
A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
 
Like this gas tank, you are overflowing with preconceptions, full of useless knowledge. You hold many facts and opinions, yet know little of yourself. Before you can learn, you'll have to first empty your tank.
 
Non c'è dubbio che questo poveraccio [William Blake] fosse pazzo, ma c'è qualcosa nella sua pazzia che attira il mio interesse più dell'equilibrio di Lord Byron e Walter Scott.
 
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
 
Sports and sex and movies are not inherently bad - But for you they're addictions, not enjoyments. You use them to distract you from what you know you should do. Break free!
 
The characteristic of life does not lie in a distinctiveness of single life processes. [Lebensvorgänge], but rather in a certain order among all the processes.
 
The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
 
There are living systems; there is no living "matter." No substance, no single molecule, extracted and isolated from a living being possess, of its own, the aforementioned paradoxical properties. They are present in living systems only; that is to say, nowhere below the level of the cell.
 
Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.
 
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
 
Those who travel with the current will always feel they are good swimmers; those who swim against the current may never realize they are better swimmers than they imagine.
 
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
 
If we are uncritical we shall always find what we want: we shall look for, and find, confirmations, and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might be dangerous to our pet theories. In this way it is only too easy to obtain what appears to be overwhelming evidence in favor of a theory which, if approached critically, would have been refuted.
 
General Systems Theory... possibly the model of the world as a great organization can help to reinforce the sense of reverence for the living which we have almost lost.
 
The means have murdered the end.
 
I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
 
As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.
 
The least questioned assumptions are often the most questionable.
 
I don’t know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans who live on this earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves. Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.
 
If we value our children, we must cherish their parents.
 
Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
 
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
 
Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility…without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.
 
There is an almost universal tendency, perhaps an inborn tendency, to suspect the good faith of a man who holds opinions that differ from our own opinions. … It obviously endangers the freedom and the objectivity of our discussion if we attack a person instead of attacking an opinion or, more precisely, a theory.
 
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
 
These considerations lead to the postulate of a new scientific discipline which we call general system theory. It's subject matter is formulation of principles that are valid for "systems" in general, whatever the nature of the component elements and the relations or "forces" between them.
 
Ignorance is no excuse once we know that ignorance is the only possible excuse.
 
Let us repeat the two crucial negative premises as established firmly by all human experience: (1) Words are not the things we are speaking about; and (2) There is no such thing as an object in absolute isolation.
 
It isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts.
 
Sapiens rule the world because only they can weave an intersubjective web of meaning: a web of laws, forces, entities and places that exist purely in their common imagination. This web allows humans alone to organise crusades, socialist revolutions and human rights movements.
 
If we, who live outside asylums, act as if we lived in a fictitious world- that is to say, if we are consistent with our beliefs- we cannot adjust ourselves to actual conditions, and so fall into many avoidable semantic difficulties. But the so-called normal person practically never abides by his beliefs, and when his beliefs are building for him a fictitious world, he saves his neck by not abiding by them. A so-called "insane" person acts upon his beliefs, and so cannot adjust himself to a world which is quite different from his fancy.
 
No very sharp line can be drawn between social psychology and individual psychology.
 
Unless we can explain the mind in terms of things that have no thoughts or feelings of their own, we'll only have gone around in a circle.
 
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
 
It's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.
 
I have done one thing that I think is a contribution: I helped Buddhist science and modern science combine. No other Buddhist has done that. Other lamas, I don't think they ever pay attention to modern science. Since my childhood, I have a keen interest.
 
Choice means saying no to one thing so you can say yes to another.
 
Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.
 
If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
 
In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
 
Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.
 
You wouldn't be normal if you didn't react in an abnormal way.
 
Words don't mean, people mean.
 
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 ...
 
The fundamental biological variant is DNA. That is why Mendel's definition of the gene as the unvarying bearer of hereditary traits, its chemical identification by Avery (confirmed by Hershey), and the elucidation by Watson and Crick of the structural basis of its replicative invariance, are without any doubt the most important discoveries ever made in biology. To this must be added the theory of natural selection, whose certainty and full significance were established only by those later theories.
 
If all people learned to think in the non Aristotelian manner of quantum mechanics, the world would change so radically that most of what we call "stupidity" and even a great deal of what we consider "insanity" might disappear, and the "intractable" problems of war, poverty and injustice would suddenly seem a great deal closer to solution.
 
We'll show you that you can build a mind from many little parts, each mindless by itself.
 
Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, Why me? And the voice says: "Nothing personal your name just happened to come up".
 
The important and the unimportant are the same only at the start.
 
You are a dynamic whole greater than the sum of your parts. By integrating your body, mind, and emotions through training, you reshape your life.
 
Identity is invariably false to facts.
 
Most people use social media not to open their horizons wider, but to lock themselves in a comfort zone.
 
Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
 
To use words to sense reality is like going with a lamp to search for darkness.
 
What we call progress consists in coordinating ideas with realities.
 
There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.
 
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
 
Imagery is not past but present. It rests with what we call our mental processes to place these images in a temporal order.
 
Nowadays, we are confronted by a huge gap between rich and poor. This is not only morally wrong, but practically a mistake. It leads to the rich living in anxiety and the poor living in frustration, which has the potential to lead to more violence. We have to work to reduce this gap. It's truly unfair that some people should have so much while others go hungry.
 
God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't.
 
Non arrenderti mai, perché quando pensi che sia tutto finito, è il momento in cui tutto ha inizio.
 
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
 
I'd always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and would be automatically bestowed upon me as time passed. I never suspected that I would have to learn how to live - that there were specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world I had to master before I could awaken to a simple, happy, uncomplicated life.
 
The word ‘consciousness’ is a clever trick that we use to keep from thinking about how thinking works. We take a lot of different phenomena and we give them all the same name, and then you think you’ve got it.
 
If someone were to analyze current notions and fashionable catchwords, he would find "systems" high on the list. The concept has pervaded all fields of science and penetrated into popular thinking, jargon and mass media.
 
Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
 
I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.
 
If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.
 
False encouragement is a kind of theft: it steals time, energy, and motivation a person could put toward some other purpose.
 
The propensity to make strong emotional bonds to particular individuals [is] a basic component of human nature.
 
Biological communities are systems of interacting components and thus display characteristic properties of systems, such as mutual interdependence, self-regulation, adaptation to disturbances, approach to states of equilibrium, etc.
 
It is necessary to study not only parts and processes in isolation, but also to solve the decisive problems found in organization and order unifying them, resulting from dynamic interaction of parts, and making the the behavoir of the parts different when studied in isolation or within the whole...
 
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.
 
We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
 
A sign, or representamen, is something which stands to somebody for something in some respect or capacity. It addresses somebody, that is, creates in the mind of that person an equivalent sign, or perhaps a more developed sign. That sign which it creates I call the interpretant of the first sign. The sign stands for something, its object. It stands for that object, not in all respects, but in reference to a sort of idea, which I have sometimes called the ground of the representamen.
 
Every positive change - every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness - involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception.
 
Moderation? It's mediocrity, fear, and confusion in disguise. It's the devil's dilemma. It's neither doing nor not doing. It's the wobbling compromise that makes no one happy. Moderation is for the bland, the apologetic, for the fence-sitters of the world afraid to take a stand. It's for those afraid to laugh or cry, for those afraid to live or die. Moderation...is lukewarm tea, the devil's own brew.
 
The Imagination is not a State: it is the Human Existence itself.
 
It is the 'zoomorphic' or 'rattomorphic' fallacy - the expressed or implicit contention that there is no essential difference between rat and man - which makes American psychology so profoundly disturbing.
 
The greater the level of calmness of our mind, the greater our peace of mind, the greater our ability to enjoy a happy and joyful life.
 
Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.
 
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem in my opinion to characterize our age.
 
Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words.
 
If you desire to dig a well to reach water, your efforts are more fruitful if you dig one 100-foot-deep hole than if you dig ten holes each 10 feet deep.
 
Modern societies accepted the treasures and the power offered them by science. But they have not accepted - they have scarcely even heard - its profounder message: the defining of a new and unique source of truth, and the demand for a thorough revision of ethical premises, for a complete break with the animist tradition, the definitive abandonment of the 'old covenant', the necessity of forging a new one. Armed with all the powers, enjoying all the riches they owe to science, our societies are still trying to live by and to teach systems of values already blasted at the root by science itself.
 
Two starving men cannot be twice as hungry as one; but two rascals can be ten times as vicious as one.
 
The intelligence of the lower forms of animal life, like a great deal of human intelligence, does not involve a self.
 
There is direction but there is no destination.
 
The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
 
Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it.
 
If our well-being depends upon the interaction between events in our brains and events in the world, and there are better and worse ways to secure it, then some cultures will tend to produce lives that are more worth living than others; some political persuasions will be more enlightened than others; and some world views will be mistaken in ways that cause needless human misery.
 
The map is not the territory … The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map...
 
As words are not the things we speak about, and structure is the only link between them, structure becomes the only content of knowledge. If we gamble on verbal structures that have no observable empirical structures, such gambling can never give us any structural information about the world. Therefore such verbal structures are structurally obsolete, and if we believe in them, they induce delusions or other semantic disturbances.
 
It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
 
Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.
 
When you release your expectations that the world should fulfill you, your disappointments vanish.
 
I have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted.
 
The shadows: some hide, others reveal.
 
Better to be disliked than pitied.
 
Life is not a private affair. A story and its lessons are only made useful if shared.
 
There are two ways to slice easily thorugh life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.
 
By an object, I mean anything that we can think, i.e. anything we can talk about.
 
Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
 
If you want peace of mind I suggest you resign as general manager of the universe.
 
These 'philosophers', etc., seem unaware, to give a specific example, that by teaching and preaching 'identity', which is empirically non-existent in this actual world, they are neurologically training future generations in the pathological identifications found in the 'mentally' ill or maladjusted.
 
You almost never get the pleasure of seeing that you won the argument in real time. People just don't like to publicly change their minds. They change their minds in private.
 
Any organism must be treated as-a-whole; in other words, that an organism is not an algebraic sum, a linear function of its elements, but always more than that. It is seemingly little realized, at present, that this simple and innocent-looking statement involves a full structural revision of our language...
 
Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.
 
The map is not the territory... The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map...
 
Social psychology has, as a rule, dealt with various phases of social experience from the psychological standpoint of individual experience. The point of approach which I wish to suggest is that of dealing with experience from the standpoint of society, at least from the standpoint of communication as essential to the social order. Social psychology, on this view, presupposes an approach to experience from the standpoint of the individual, but undertakes to determine in particular that which belongs to this experience because the individual himself belongs to a social structure, a social order.
 
No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.
 
Never have your wallet with you onstage. It's bad luck. You shouldn't play the piano with money in your pocket. Play like you need the money.
 
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.
 
We find things that do not fit into familiar frameworks hard to understand – such things seem meaningless.
 
Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
 
I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.
 
The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
 
The hours of your life are the most valuable currency you will ever have. How will you spend them?
 
The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
 
We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home.
 
Second order effects, such as belief in belief, makes fanaticism.
 
The map is not the territory, the word is not the thing it describes. Whenever the map is confused with the territory, a 'semantic disturbance' is set up in the organism. The disturbance continues until the limitation of the map is recognized.
 
... the fallacy of attributing to one cause what is due to many causes.
 
Whatever you say it is, is simply what YOU SAY it is.
 
Effort supposes resistance.
 
I hate Disneyland. It primes our kids for Las Vegas.
 
Armed with all the powers, enjoying all the wealth they owe to science, our societies are still trying to practice and to teach systems of values already destroyed at the roots by that very science. Man knows at last that he is alone in the indifferent immensity of the universe, whence which he has emerged by chance. His duty, like his fate, is written nowhere.
 
True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
 
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
 
The anguish of death hangs over and leads the human spirit to wonder about the mysteries of existence, man's destiny, life, the world.
 
We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.
 
Many of those who tried to enlighten were hanged from the lampposts.
 
Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.
 
I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.
 
We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
 
Silence is sometimes the best answer.
 
The big print giveth and the small print taketh away.
 
SWEATER: A garment worn by child when it's mother is feeling chilly.
 
Consistency is the playground of dull minds.
 
The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.
 
It rained last night heavily, and now the skies are beginning to clear; it is a new fresh day. Let us meet that fresh day as if it were the only day. Let us start on our journey together with all the remembrance of yesterday left behind—and begin to understand ourselves for the first time.
 
Convince me, but without convictions. Convictions no longer convince me.
 
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.