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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.
 
I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
 
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!
 
Entities of an essentially new sort are entering the sphere of scientific thought. Classical science in its diverse disciplines, be it chemistry, biology, psychology or the social sciences, tried to isolate the elements of the observed universe - chemical compounds and enzymes, cells, elementary sensations, freely competing individuals, what not -- expecting that, by putting them together again, conceptually or experimentally, the whole or system - cell, mind, society - would result and be intelligible. Now we have learned that for an understanding not only the elements but their interrelations as well are required...
 
The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
 
Effort supposes resistance.
 
Whether you believe in God or not does not matter much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much; as a Buddhist, whether you believe in reincarnation or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life.
 
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.
 
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.
 
A sense of concern for others gives our lives meaning; it is the root of all human happiness
 
When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
 
Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.
 
The least questioned assumptions are often the most questionable.
 
As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.
 
Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.
 
Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.
 
You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.
 
He who learns and learns and yet does not know what he knows, is one who plows and plows yet never sows.
 
We discover our character through decisions under pressure.
 
Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.
 
What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
 
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"
 
The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.
 
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.
 
To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.
 
Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
 
We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
 
Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.
 
It is your attitude more than your aptitude that will determine your altitude!
 
To rid yourself of old patterns, focus all your energy not on struggling with the old, but on building the new.
 
Each part of the brain knows a little bit about what’s happening in some other [parts], but there’s no single place that knows everything. ... It’s like a big corporation.
 
It's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.
 
If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
 
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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?
 
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
 
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.
 
Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
 
So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
 
My words will either attract a strong mind or offend a weak one.
 
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation.
 
...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.
 
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
 
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
 
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.
 
I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
 
Existence precedes and rules essence.
 
Only an idiot could think there is a point to any of this.
 
If you face just one opponent, and you doubt yourself, you're out-numbered.
 
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
 
Life is a series of moments. The quality of attention and action that we bring to each moment determines the quality of our lives.
 
Man lives in a world of Meaning. What he sees and hears means what he will or might handle.
 
Life is not a private affair. A story and its lessons are only made useful if shared.
 
We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home.
 
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.
 
I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable to you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is of no use, then you can discard it.
 
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.
 
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 more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.
 
I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.
 
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.
 
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
 
The intelligence of the lower forms of animal life, like a great deal of human intelligence, does not involve a self.
 
I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
 
Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.
 
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.
 
When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved. This is action out of compassion.
 
Biologically, life is not maintenance or restoration of equilibrium but is essentially maintenance of disequilibria, as the doctrine of the organism as open system reveals. Reaching equilibrium means death and consequent decay. Psychologically, behaviour not only tends to release tensions but also builds up tensions; if this stops, the patient is a decaying mental corpse in the same way a living organism becomes a body in decay when tensions and forces keeping it from equilibrium have stopped.
 
It isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts.
 
We cannot learn real patience and tolerance from a guru or a friend. They can be practiced only when we come in contact with someone who creates unpleasant experiences. According to Shantideva, enemies are really good for us as we can learn a lot from them and build our inner strength.
 
A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
 
You're a prisoner of your own illusions - about yourself and about the world.
 
If we agree on everything, only one of us is necessary.
 
The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
 
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
 
The objective level is not words, and cannot be reached by words alone. We must point our finger and be silent, or we will never reach this level.
 
If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.
 
Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.
 
The ancient covenant is in pieces; man knows at last that he is alone in the universe's unfeeling immensity, out of which he emerged only by chance. His destiny is nowhere spelled out, nor is his duty. The kingdom above or the darkness below: it is for him to choose.
 
The existentialist declares willingly that man is anguish.
 
Sleep is the best meditation.
 
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.
 
When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
 
I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
 
Don't cut what you can untie.
 
Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.
 
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
 
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.
 
I do not want anything over again. Not even a mother.
 
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.
 
I learned how to dig a hole in the ground and bury myself so the fire would burn over me. Never had to use it since, but I'm ready.
 
There was no doubt that this poor man [William Blake] was mad, but there is something in the madness of this man which interests me more than the sanity of Lord Byron and Walter Scott.
 
Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
 
All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
 
In order to disprove the assertion that all crows are black, one white crow is sufficient.
 
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.
 
You wouldn't be normal if you didn't react in an abnormal way.
 
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.
 
Also the principle of stress, so often invoked in psychology, psychiatry, and psychosomatics, needs some reevaluation. As everything in the world, stress too is an ambivalent thing. Stress is not only a danger to life to be controlled and neutralized by adaptive mechanisms; it also creates higher life.
 
We see what we see because we miss all the finer details.
 
The means have murdered the end.
 
The Observer is the Observed.
 
Who rules our symbols, rules us.
 
Identity is invariably false to facts.
 
We're only as needy as our unmet needs.
 
Unless someone truly has the power to say no, they never truly have the power to say yes.
 
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem in my opinion to characterize our age.
 
You don't have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.
 
Life comes at us in waves. We can't predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf.
 
We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.
 
Whenever you can, count.
 
Free speech is not just another value. It's the foundation of Western civilization.
 
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.
 
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.
 
To be interested in the public good we must be disinterested, that is, not interested in goods in which our personal selves are wrapped up.
 
Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.
 
Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
 
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
 
Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
 
In a work of psychiatry, only the patients' remarks interest me; in a work of criticism, only the quotations.
 
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...
 
I have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted.
 
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.
 
Intelligence is essentially the ability to solve the problems of present behavior in terms of its possible future consequences as implicated on the basis of past experience-the ability, that is, to solve the problems of present behavior in the light of, or by reference to, both the past and the future; it involves both memory and foresight.
 
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.
 
You have to lose your mind in order to regain your senses.
 
We can also say: While we can conceive of a sum being composed gradually, as system as total of parts with its interrelations has to be conceived of as being composed instantly.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is... The only problem in your life is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds.
 
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.
 
The self has the characteristic that it is an object to itself, and that characteristic distinguishes it from other objects and from the body.
 
Pragmatism asks its usual question. "Grant an idea or belief to be true," it says, "what concrete difference will its being true make in anyone's actual life? How will the truth be realized? What experiences will be different from those which would obtain if the belief were false? What, in short, is the truth's cash-value in experiential terms?
 
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.
 
The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.
 
The behaviour of an individual can be understood only in terms of the behavior of the whole social group of which he is a member, since his individual acts are involved in larger, social acts which go beyond himself and which implicate the other members of that group.
 
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.
 
The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won't get much sleep.
 
The only thing that permits human beings to collaborate with one another in a truly open-ended way is their willingness to have their beliefs modified by new facts. Only openness to evidence and argument will secure a common world for us.
 
To use words to sense reality is like going with a lamp to search for darkness.
 
As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.
 
The war, of course, furnished many examples of this pattern: the casual fact, the creative imagination, the will to believe, and out of these three elements, a counterfeit of reality to which there was a violent instinctive response. For it is clear enough that under certain conditions men respond as powerfully to fictions as they do to realities, and that in many cases they help to create the very fictions to which they respond.
 
Words don't mean, people mean.
 
Education Is what remains after you have forgotten everything you learned in school.
 
What do you do from morning to night? I endure myself.
 
The telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink.
 
It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
 
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
 
Two starving men cannot be twice as hungry as one; but two rascals can be ten times as vicious as one.
 
STATISTICIAN: Someone who can put his head in the oven and his feet in the freezer and tell you, "on average, I feel just fine."
 
The Imagination is not a State: it is the Human Existence itself.
 
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
 
The hours of your life are the most valuable currency you will ever have. How will you spend them?
 
Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't.
 
If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
 
If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I am happy when good things happen to other people, billions more chances to be happy!
 
Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell.
 
Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
 
The shadows: some hide, others reveal.
 
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.
 
I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.
 
They told Van Gogh he used too much paint, and Englebart that the mouse was pointless. Galileo and Copernicus were called heretics for seeing the world for what it was. Dylan and Guthrie were told they couldn’t sing and that they had nothing to say. DaVinci’s helicopters and Tesla’s radio waves stayed in notebooks for years, as the ideas were too weird for ordinary minds to understand.
http://www.scottberkun.com/blog/2011/why-you-should-be-weird/
 
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.
 
There are two ways to slice easily thorugh life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.
 
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.
 
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.
 
We are told that when Jehovah created the world he saw that it was good. What would he say now?
 
In science, self-satisfaction is death. Personal self-satisfaction is the death of the scientist. Collective self-satisfaction is the death of the research. It is restlessness, anxiety, dissatisfaction, agony of mind that nourish science.
 
Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.
 
Money is the most universal and most efficient system of mutual trust ever devised.
 
When I'm right no one remembers, when I'm wrong no one forgets.
 
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 earth is my body, my head is in the stars. (From the film "Harold and Maude")
 
Large numbers of strangers can cooperate successfully by believing in common myths. Any large-scale human cooperation – whether a modern state, a medieval church, an ancient city or an archaic tribe – is rooted in common myths that exist only in people’s collective imagination.
 
Those who have little interest in spirituality shouldn’t think that human inner values don’t apply to you. The inner peace of an alert and calm mind are the source of real happiness and good health. Our human intelligence tells us which of our emotions are positive and helpful and which are damaging and to be restrained or avoided.
 
It may be true that the unexamined life is not worth living-but neither is the unlived life worth examining.
 
We must continually remind ourselves that there is a difference between what is natural and what is actually good for us.
 
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.
 
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.
 
The map is not the territory … The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map...
 
Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
 
By an object, I mean anything that we can think, i.e. anything we can talk about.
 
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.
 
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.
 
There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.
 
Modern science is characterized by its ever-increasing specialization, necessitated by the enormous amount of data, the complexity of techniques and of theoretical structures within every field. Thus science is split into innumerable disciplines continually generating new subdisciplines. In consequence, the physicist, the biologist, the psychologist and the social scientist are, so to speak, encapusulated in their private universes, and it is difficult to get word from one cocoon to the other.
 
"Say whatever you choose about the object, and whatever you might say is not it." Or, in other words? "Whatever you might say the object "is", well it is not." This negative statement is final, because it is negative.
 
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.
 
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
 
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.
 
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, small people talk about other people.
 
That faint light in each of us which dates back to before our birth, to before all births, is what must be protected if we want to rejoin that remote glory from which we shall never know why we were separated.
 
A multiple personality is in a certain sense normal.
 
If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.
 
Would there be this eternal seeking if the found existed?
 
Ignorance is no excuse once we know that ignorance is the only possible excuse.
 
When you attach a label make sure it can come off because things can change.
 
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
 
Nobody is always stupid, but everyone is stupid sometimes.
 
Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words.
 
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.
 
We'll show you that you can build a mind from many little parts, each mindless by itself.
 
What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.
 
The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.
 
When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
 
The future of mankind is going to be decided within the next two generations, and there are two absolute requisites: We must aim at a stable-state society [with limited population growth] and the destruction of nuclear stockpiles. … Otherwise I don't see how we can survive much later than 2050.
 
Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.
 
My favorite thing is to go where I've never been.
 
What you are the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.
 
Weather forecast for tonight: dark.
 
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.
 
If we value our children, we must cherish their parents.
 
A person does what he does because he sees the world as he sees it.
 
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.
 
I will act as if what i do makes a difference.
 
Special-interest publications should realize that if they are attracting enough advertising and readers to make a profit, the interest is not so special.
 
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
 
Most sociopolitical hierarchies lack a logical or biological basis – they are nothing but the perpetuation of chance events supported by myths.
 
Whatever you might say the object "is", well it is not.
 
Love is the absence of judgment.
 
A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
 
Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
 
Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.
 
Imagery is not past but present. It rests with what we call our mental processes to place these images in a temporal order.
 
Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony.
 
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.
 
An open heart is an open mind.
 
If you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.
 
Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion..
 
We are seeking another basic outlook: the world as an organization. This would profoundly change categories of our thinking and influence our practical attitudes. We must envision the biosphere as a whole with mutually reinforcing or mutually destructive inter-dependencies.
 
Our civilization seems to be suffering a second curse of Babel: Just as the human race builds a tower of knowledge that reaches to the heavens, we are stricken by a malady in which we find ourselves attempting to communicate with each other in countless tongues of scientific specialization... The only goal of science appeared to be analytical, i.e., the splitting up of reality into ever smaller units and the isolation of individual causal trains...We may state as characteristic of modern science that this scheme of isolable units acting in one-way causality has proven to be insufficient. Hence the appearance, in all fields of science, of notions like wholeness, holistic, organismic, gestalt, etc., which all signify that, in the last resort, we must think in terms of systems of elements in mutual interaction.
 
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.
 
The certainty of death and the uncertainty of the hour of death is a source of grief throughout our life.
 
It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.
 
Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.
 
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
 
For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.
 
My life is like an air-traffic controller's: moments of boredom broken up by moments of sheer terror.
 
Silence is sometimes the best answer.
 
I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
 
While some of us act without thinking, too many of us think without acting.
 
SWEATER: A garment worn by child when it's mother is feeling chilly.
 
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 ...
 
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.
 
The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
 
The characteristic of the organism is first that it is more than the sum of its parts and second that the single processes are ordered for the maintenance of the whole.
 
History isn’t a single narrative, but thousands of alternative narratives. Whenever we choose to tell one, we are also choosing to silence others.
 
People are not machines, but in all situations where they are given the opportunity, they will act like machines.
 
Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.
 
We know the meaning so long as no one asks us to define it.
 
A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
 
A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure.
 
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.
 
Second order effects, such as belief in belief, makes fanaticism.
 
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.
 
More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
 
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
 
Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
 
One can live without ever having seen oneself, without knowing the color of one’s skin.
 
Choice means giving up something you want for something else you want more.
 
We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.
 
I want to make clear only that words are not the things spoken about, and that there is no such thing as an object in absolute isolation.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
We find things that do not fit into familiar frameworks hard to understand – such things seem meaningless.
 
Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
 
Without technology humanity has no future, but we have to be careful that we don’t become so mechanised that we lose our human feelings.
 
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
 
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.
 
No passion is stronger in the breast of a man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high.
 
And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds, And binding with briars my joys and desires.
 
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.
 
Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
 
In the 300 years of the crucifixion of Christ to the conversion of Emperor Constantine, polytheistic Roman emperors initiated no more than four general persecutions of Christians. Local administrators and governors incited some anti-Christian violence of their own. Still, if we combine all the victims of all these persecutions, it turns out that in these three centuries the polytheistic Romans killed no more than a few thousand Christians. In contrast, over the course, of the next 1,500 years, Christians slaughtered Christians by the millions, to defend slightly different interpretations of the religion of love and compassion.
 
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.
 
I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
 
Do not go where the path may lead; instead go where there is no path and leave a trail.
 
Any proposition containing the word "is" creates a linguistic structural confusion which will eventually give birth to serious fallacies.
 
We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.
 
To regard human beings as tools — as instruments — for the use of other human beings is not only unscientific but it is repugnant, stupid and short sighted. Tools are made by man but have not the autonomy of their maker — they have not man's time-binding capacity for initiation, for self-direction, and self-improvement.
 
There is direction but there is no destination.
 
Biology occupies a position among the sciences at once marginal and central. Marginal because -- the living world constituting but a tiny and very "special" part of the universe -- it does not seem likely that the study of living beings will ever uncover general laws applicable outside the biosphere. But if the ultimate aim of the whole of science is indeed, as I believe, to clarify man's relationship to the universe, then biology must be accorded a central position.
 
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.
 
Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
 
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.
 
The organized community or social group which gives to the individual his unity of self may be called “the generalized other.” The attitude of the generalized other is the attitude of the whole community. Thus, for example, in the case of such a social group as a ball team, the team is the generalized other in so far as it enters—as an organized process or social activity—into the experience of any one of the individual members of it.
 
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
 
The days of the digital watch are numbered.
 
You've got to have a map: to know where you came from, where you are, where you want to be, and how to get there.
 
Any object of thought is both 'more than what we think, and different'.
 
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
 
Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did.
 
It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
 
At times I want to be found.
 
A meaningful life can be extremely satisfying even in the midst of hardship, whereas a meaningless life is a terrible ordeal no matter how comfortable it is.
 
I do not judge the universe.
 
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
 
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.
 
Many of those who tried to enlighten were hanged from the lampposts.
 
Wholeness [Ganzheit], Gestalt, is the primary attribute of life.
 
We are confronted with problems of organized complexity... organization runs through all levels of reality and science.
 
When you release your expectations that the world should fulfill you, your disappointments vanish.
 
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.
 
It is now no mystery that some quite influential 'philosophers' were 'mentally' ill.
 
The roulette table pays nobody except him that keeps it. Nevertheless a passion for gaming is common, though a passion for keeping roulette tables is unknown.
 
No very sharp line can be drawn between social psychology and individual psychology.
 
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
 
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.
 
Progress is only possible by passing from a state of undifferentiated wholeness to differentiation of parts.
 
The definition of definition is at bottom just what the maxim of pragmatism expresses.
 
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.
 
Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
 
Conscious evolution begins as we take responsibility for clearing our own obstructions.
 
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
 
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
 
It is easier to stay out than get out.
 
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
 
... the fallacy of attributing to one cause what is due to many causes.