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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.
 
If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.
 
For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.
 
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
 
We discover our character through decisions under pressure.
 
If you face just one opponent, and you doubt yourself, you're out-numbered.
 
Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
 
If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
 
The fact that a theory so vague, so insufficiently verifiable, and so far from the criteria otherwise applied in 'hard' science has become a dogma can only be explained on sociological grounds.
 
Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words.
 
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.
 
Existence precedes and rules essence.
 
When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.
 
I hate Disneyland. It primes our kids for Las Vegas.
 
Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
 
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.
 
If you ask for something you have to say "Please", if you want to get something you have to please.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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"
 
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
 
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
 
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 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.
 
The telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink.
 
Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
 
Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.
 
No very sharp line can be drawn between social psychology and individual psychology.
 
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.
 
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
 
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.
 
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
 
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
 
We are confronted with problems of organized complexity... organization runs through all levels of reality and science.
 
To rid yourself of old patterns, focus all your energy not on struggling with the old, but on building the new.
 
Here appear to exist general system laws which apply to any system of a particular type, irrespective of the particular properties of the systems and the elements involved. Compared to the analytical procedure of classical science with resolution into component elements and one-way or linear causality as basic category, the investigation of organized wholes of many variables requires new categories of interaction, transaction, organization, teleology.
 
I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.
 
Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell.
 
Disagreement is something normal.
 
The earth is not my home, I'm just passing by
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Chance alone is at the source of all novelty, all creation in the biosphere.
 
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.
 
Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
 
Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
 
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
 
I also know that one must do what one can do. No matter how little it is, it is nonetheless a human testimony and human testimonies, as long as they are not based on greed or personal ambition for power, can have unexpected positive effects. ...I believe in local action and in small dimensions. It is only in such environments that human creativity and meaningful identities can truly surface and flourish.
 
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.
 
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 habit of spending nearly every waking moment lost in thought leaves us at the mercy of whatever our thoughts happen to be. Meditation is a way of breaking this spell.
 
What we see depends mainly on what we look for
 
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.
 
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.
 
When men hire themselves out to shoot other men to order, asking nothing about the justice of their cause, I don't care if they are shot themselves.
 
We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
 
A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn't.
 
Convince me, but without convictions. Convictions no longer convince me.
 
There is no path to Happiness. Happiness is the path. There is no path to Love. Love is the path. There is no path to Peace. Peace is the path.
 
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
 
Free speech is not just another value. It's the foundation of Western civilization.
 
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.
 
What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
 
Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.
 
Psycho-galvanic experiments show clearly that every emotion or thought is always connected with some electrical current.
 
I will act as if what i do makes a difference.
 
It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
 
All things living are in search of a better world.
 
Do not allow your dreams of a beautiful world to lure you away from the claims of men who suffer here and now. Our fellow men have a claim to our help; no generation must be sacrificed for the sake of future generations, for the sake of an ideal of happiness that may never be realised.
 
Nobody is always stupid, but everyone is stupid sometimes.
 
Any proposition containing the word "is" creates a linguistic structural confusion which will eventually give birth to serious fallacies.
 
In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
 
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.
 
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!
 
Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
The self has the characteristic that it is an object to itself, and that characteristic distinguishes it from other objects and from the body.
 
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.
 
Effort supposes resistance.
 
The purpose of a system is what it does. There is after all, no point in claiming that the purpose of a system is to do what it constantly fails to do.
 
In order to disprove the assertion that all crows are black, one white crow is sufficient.
 
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
 
If we value our children, we must cherish their parents.
 
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
 
While some of us act without thinking, too many of us think without acting.
 
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.
 
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.
 
We'll show you that you can build a mind from many little parts, each mindless by itself.
 
Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony.
 
I think therefore I seem to be.
 
SWEATER: A garment worn by child when it's mother is feeling chilly.
 
Many of those who tried to enlighten were hanged from the lampposts.
 
Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.
 
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 Imagination is not a State: it is the Human Existence itself.
 
Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.
 
The important and the unimportant are the same only at the start.
 
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.
 
Evolution has made Homo sapiens, like other social mammals, a xenophobic creature. Sapiens instinctively divide humanity into two parts, ‘we’ and ‘they’.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.
 
My main hope is eventually, in modern education field, introduce education about warm-heartedness, not based on religion, but based on common experience and a common sort of sense, and then scientific finding.
 
Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.
 
Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.
 
Take everything seriously, except yourselves
 
Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
 
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.
 
One can live without ever having seen oneself, without knowing the color of one’s skin.
 
A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
 
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.
 
In Buddhism, ignorance as the root cause of suffering refers to a fundamental misperception of the true nature of the self and all phenomena.
 
Sleep is the best meditation.
 
We are told that when Jehovah created the world he saw that it was good. What would he say now?
 
I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
 
Man lives in a world of Meaning. What he sees and hears means what he will or might handle.
 
All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
 
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.
 
A multiple personality is in a certain sense normal.
 
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.
 
Different ‘philosophies’ represent nothing but methods of evaluation, which may lead to empirical mis-evaluation if science and empirical facts are disregarded.
 
The certainty of death and the uncertainty of the hour of death is a source of grief throughout our life.
 
The map is not the territory... The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map...
 
If you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.
 
True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
 
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.
 
The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
 
People are not machines, but in all situations where they are given the opportunity, they will act like machines.
 
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.
 
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.
 
We know the meaning so long as no one asks us to define it.
 
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.
 
It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
 
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, small people talk about other people.
 
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.
 
What we call progress consists in coordinating ideas with realities.
 
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 way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
 
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.
 
It is now no mystery that some quite influential 'philosophers' were 'mentally' ill.
 
My thinking is first and last and always for the sake of my doing.
 
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.
 
Quiet people have the loudest minds
 
Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't.
 
There is nothing I can't live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.
 
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 true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
 
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.
 
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.
 
We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.
 
We make choices, decisions, as long as we keep to the surface of things; once we reach the depths, we can neither choose nor decide; we can do nothing but regret the surface.
 
SUBURBIA: A place where the developers bulldoze all of the trees -- then name the streets after them.
 
It may be true that the unexamined life is not worth living-but neither is the unlived life worth examining.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
 
There is direction but there is no destination.
 
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
 
The Observer is the Observed.
 
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.
 
When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like.
 
People easily understand that ‘primitives’ cement their social order by believing in ghosts and spirits, and gathering each full moon to dance together around the campfire. What we fail to appreciate is that our modern institutions function on exactly the same basis.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
 
Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
 
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.
 
The more we think of others, the happier we are. The more we think of ourselves, the more suffering we feel.
 
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.
 
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."
 
Consistency is the playground of dull minds.
 
Meditation is a valuable exercise, but eventually you have to open up your eyes and look around.
 
Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
 
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
 
You are just an insecure little girl in desperate need of attention.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Man lives in a world of meaning.
 
Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
 
And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds, And binding with briars my joys and desires.
 
The means have murdered the end.
 
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.
 
Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
 
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.
 
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
 
If you want peace of mind I suggest you resign as general manager of the universe.
 
The more we are concerned for the well being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.
 
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.
 
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
 
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.
 
Weather forecast for tonight: dark.
 
The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.
 
... the fallacy of attributing to one cause what is due to many causes.
 
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.
 
Any object of thought is both 'more than what we think, and different'.
 
Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.
 
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
 
There are two ways to slice easily thorugh life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.
 
It isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts.
 
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.
 
Life is best organized as a series of daring ventures from a secure base.
 
Imagery is not past but present. It rests with what we call our mental processes to place these images in a temporal order.
 
Before you can see the Light, you have to deal with the darkness.
 
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.
 
Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Such as contribute most to human progress and human enlightenment — men like Gutenberg, Copernicus, Newton, Leibnitz, Watts, Franklin, Mendeleieff, Pasteur, Sklodowska-Curie, Edison, Steinmetz, Loeb, Dewey, Keyser, Whitehead, Russell, Poincaré, William Benjamin Smith, Gibbs, Einstein, and many others — consume no more bread than the simplest of their fellow mortals. Indeed such men are often in want. How many a genius has perished inarticulate because unable to stand the strain of social conditions where animal standards prevail and "survival of the fittest" means, not survival of the "fittest in time-binding capacity," but survival of the strongest in ruthlessness and guile — in space-binding competition!
 
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.
 
Identification makes general sanity and complete adjustment impossible. Training in non-identity plays a therapeutic role with adults.
 
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.
 
Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
 
If words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory, then, obviously, the only possible link between the objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure, and structure alone.
 
Special-interest publications should realize that if they are attracting enough advertising and readers to make a profit, the interest is not so special.
 
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.
 
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/
 
No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.
 
Life comes at us in waves. We can't predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf.
 
If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.
 
Ignorance is no excuse once we know that ignorance is the only possible excuse.
 
The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.
 
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.
 
The shadows: some hide, others reveal.
 
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.
 
Whatever you say it is, is simply what YOU SAY it is.
 
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
 
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 see what we see because we miss all the finer details.
 
World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.
 
Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
 
Identity is invariably false to facts.
 
At times I want to be found.
 
I have an existential map; it has 'you are here' written all over it.
 
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.
 
In life, stress happens when you resist what arises.
 
Thoughts naturally arise. The point of meditation is not to banish thoughts but to make peace with them by realizing their lack of substance.
 
A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
 
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
 
Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
 
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.
 
By an object, I mean anything that we can think, i.e. anything we can talk about.
 
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.
 
More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
 
The romantic contrast between modern industry that “destroys nature” and our ancestors who “lived in harmony with nature” is groundless. Long before the Industrial Revolution, Homo sapiens held the record among all organisms for driving the most plant and animal species to their extinctions. We have the dubious distinction of being the deadliest species in the annals of life.
 
If we agree on everything, only one of us is necessary.
 
Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
 
I do not want anything over again. Not even a mother.
 
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.
 
With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
 
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.
 
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 this century we have made remarkable material progress, but basically we are the same as we were thousands of years ago. Our spiritual needs are still very great.
 
Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did.
 
To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
He who learns and learns and yet does not know what he knows, is one who plows and plows yet never sows.
 
If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
 
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?
 
It is often asserted that discussion is only possible between people who have a common language and accept common basic assumptions. I think that this is a mistake. All that is needed is a readiness to learn from one's partner in the discussion, which includes a genuine wish to understand what he intends to say. If this readiness is there, the discussion will be the more fruitful the more the partner's backgrounds differ.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
It is easier to stay out than get out.
 
The anguish of death hangs over and leads the human spirit to wonder about the mysteries of existence, man's destiny, life, the world.
 
Allow rather than resist what arises in the present moment-inside or out. Let it be interesting rather than good or bad.
 
Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.
 
Wholeness [Ganzheit], Gestalt, is the primary attribute of life.
 
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem in my opinion to characterize our age.
 
The map is not the territory … The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map...
 
The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
 
Oh I don't mind going to weddings, just as long as it's not my own...
 
Only the village idiot thinks they "belong",
 
Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.
 
Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion..
 
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.
 
My favorite thing is to go where I've never been.
 
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.
 
It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
 
When you release your expectations that the world should fulfill you, your disappointments vanish.
 
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.
 
Only an idiot could think there is a point to any of this.
 
The least questioned assumptions are often the most questionable.
 
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.
 
A person does what he does because he sees the world as he sees it.
 
We are seeking for another basic outlook - the world as organization. This would profoundly change the categories of our thinking and influence our practical attitudes. We must envision the biosphere as a whole with mutually reinforcing or mutually destructive interdependencies.
 
Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism.
 
Better to be disliked than pitied.
 
Whenever you can, count.
 
Who rules our symbols, rules us.
 
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
 
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 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.
 
Wisdom is the use of knowledge
 
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.
 
The definition of definition is at bottom just what the maxim of pragmatism expresses.
 
My words will either attract a strong mind or offend a weak one.
 
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...
 
The word ‘consciousness’ is a