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Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion..
 
We discover our character through decisions under pressure.
 
The Observer is the Observed.
 
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.
 
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?
 
Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future.
 
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.
 
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.
 
If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
 
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.
 
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
 
Non arrenderti mai, perché quando pensi che sia tutto finito, è il momento in cui tutto ha inizio.
 
The human psyche, like human bones, is strongly inclined towards self-healing.
 
Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
 
An open heart is an open mind.
 
Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
 
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.
 
SUBURBIA: A place where the developers bulldoze all of the trees -- then name the streets after them.
 
I always tell people that religious institutions and political institutions should be separate. So while I'm telling people this, I myself continue with them combined. Hypocrisy!
 
The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won't get much sleep.
 
Two thousand years of monotheistic brainwashing have caused most Westerners to see polytheism as ignorant and childish idolatry. This is an unjust stereotype.
 
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
 
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.
 
Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.
 
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
 
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.
 
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.
 
We are told that when Jehovah created the world he saw that it was good. What would he say now?
 
Any proposition containing the word "is" creates a linguistic structural confusion which will eventually give birth to serious fallacies.
 
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.
 
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.
 
We're only as needy as our unmet needs.
 
Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words.
 
Any object of thought is both 'more than what we think, and different'.
 
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...
 
It's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.
 
The earth is my body, my head is in the stars. (From the film "Harold and Maude")
 
Consistency is the playground of dull minds.
 
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
 
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.
 
As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.
 
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!
 
The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.
 
What we call progress consists in coordinating ideas with realities.
 
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.
 
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.
 
What do you do from morning to night? I endure myself.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything 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.
 
When you attach a label make sure it can come off because things can change.
 
Man lives in a world of meaning.
 
Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
 
Whatever you might say the object "is", well it is not.
 
I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.
 
Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. We read for the pleasure of thinking another person's thoughts.
 
The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
 
An eye for an eye….we are all blind
 
Nobody is always stupid, but everyone is stupid sometimes.
 
Love is the absence of judgment.
 
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 ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
 
A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
 
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
 
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.
 
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.
 
I have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted.
 
What surprises me most is “Man”, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present; The result being he doesn’t live in the present or the future; He lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.
 
I am the same kind of moron as the rest of you, it's the method that does the work, for me as well as for you.
 
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.
 
Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.
 
Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
 
While some of us act without thinking, too many of us think without acting.
 
A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
 
The earth is not my home, I'm just passing by
 
My life is like an air-traffic controller's: moments of boredom broken up by moments of sheer terror.
 
It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
 
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.
 
Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.
 
Sleep is the best meditation.
 
Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.
 
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.
 
Don't cut what you can untie.
 
The propensity to make strong emotional bonds to particular individuals [is] a basic component of human nature.
 
It is amusing to discover, in the twentieth century, that the quarrels between two lovers, two mathematicians, two nations, two economic systems, usually assumed insoluble in a finite period should exhibit one mechanism, the semantic mechanism of identification - the discovery of which makes universal agreement possible, in mathematics and in life.
 
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
 
Disagreement is something normal.
 
I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
 
My words will either attract a strong mind or offend a weak one.
 
Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 ...
 
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.
 
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!
 
Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
 
It isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
If you ask for something you have to say "Please", if you want to get something you have to please.
 
If you face just one opponent, and you doubt yourself, you're out-numbered.
 
We find things that do not fit into familiar frameworks hard to understand – such things seem meaningless.
 
If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
 
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.
 
My thinking is first and last and always for the sake of my doing.
 
The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.
 
The secret of change consists in concentrating one's energy to create the new, and not to fight against the old.
 
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem in my opinion to characterize our age.
 
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.
 
I would say that all traditional philosophies up to and including Marxism have tried to derive the 'ought' from the 'is.' My point of view is that this is impossible; this is a farce.
 
The big print giveth and the small print taketh away.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.
 
We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.
 
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.
 
I hate victims who respect their executioners.
 
The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
 
It is easier to stay out than get out.
 
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?
 
A person does what he does because he sees the world as he sees it.
 
Identity is invariably false to facts.
 
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
 
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.
 
Concern yourselves more with the needs of others, with the needs of all humanity, and you'll have peace of mind.
 
We'll show you that you can build a mind from many little parts, each mindless by itself.
 
A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure.
 
Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.
 
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.
 
We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
 
Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
 
We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.
 
It's better to make a mistake with the full force of your being than to timidly avoid mistakes with a trembling spirit. Responsibility means recognizing both pleasure and price, action and consequence, then making a choice.
 
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.
 
My favorite thing is to go where I've never been.
 
Words don't mean, people mean.
 
It is now no mystery that some quite influential 'philosophers' were 'mentally' ill.
 
A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn't.
 
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.
 
The telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink.
 
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.
 
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.
 
ON SONGWRITING
It's like glueing macaroni to a piece of cardboard and painting it gold
 
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
 
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.
 
Oh I don't mind going to weddings, just as long as it's not my own...
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Freedom from mental distraction equals power.
 
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
 
It will happen but it will take time.
 
More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
 
A multiple personality is in a certain sense normal.
 
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.
 
SWEATER: A garment worn by child when it's mother is feeling chilly.
 
... the fallacy of attributing to one cause what is due to many causes.
 
If you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.
 
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
 
Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
 
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
 
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.
 
Progress is only possible by passing from a state of undifferentiated wholeness to differentiation of parts.
 
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.
 
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.
 
The aim of management science is to display the best course of action in a given set of circumstances, and this must include all the circumstances.
 
If we agree on everything, only one of us is necessary.
 
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.
 
Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
 
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.
 
If babies held the same tendency toward self-criticism as adults, they might never learn to walk or talk. Can you imagine infants stomping, 'Aarggh! Screwed up again!' Fortunately, babies are free of self-criticism. They just keep practicing.
 
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.
 
Money is the most universal and most efficient system of mutual trust ever devised.
 
Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, Why me? And the voice says: "Nothing personal your name just happened to come up".
 
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
 
Whenever you can, count.
 
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
 
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
The certainty of death and the uncertainty of the hour of death is a source of grief throughout our life.
 
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.
 
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.
 
With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
 
Society is unity in diversity.
 
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.
 
It rained last night heavily, and now the skies are beginning to clear; it is a new fresh day. Let us meet that fresh day as if it were the only day. Let us start on our journey together with all the remembrance of yesterday left behind—and begin to understand ourselves for the first time.
 
At times I want to be found.
 
There are living systems; there is no living "matter." No substance, no single molecule, extracted and isolated from a living being possess, of its own, the aforementioned paradoxical properties. They are present in living systems only; that is to say, nowhere below the level of the cell.
 
Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations,you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.
 
Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony.
 
In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
 
Most sociopolitical hierarchies lack a logical or biological basis – they are nothing but the perpetuation of chance events supported by myths.
 
Life is a series of moments. The quality of attention and action that we bring to each moment determines the quality of our lives.
 
Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.
 
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.
 
We are confronted with problems of organized complexity... organization runs through all levels of reality and science.
 
What you are the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.
 
Would there be this eternal seeking if the found existed?
 
Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
 
I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
 
Life is best organized as a series of daring ventures from a secure base.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
In order to disprove the assertion that all crows are black, one white crow is sufficient.
 
Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
 
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.
 
Dream big. Start small and then connect the dots.
 
Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.
 
It may be true that the unexamined life is not worth living-but neither is the unlived life worth examining.
 
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.
 
Ignorance is no excuse once we know that ignorance is the only possible excuse.
 
I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like.
 
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
 
Better to be disliked than pitied.
 
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.
 
Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.
 
Wisdom is the use of knowledge
 
When everything is done, the mornings are sad.
 
What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.
 
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.
 
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.
 
If you want peace of mind I suggest you resign as general manager of the universe.
 
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.
 
We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.
 
Take everything seriously, except yourselves
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Concepts like those of organization, wholeness, directiveness, teleology, control, self-regulation, differentiation, and the like are alien to conventional science. However, they pop up everywhere in the biological, behavioral, and social sciences and are, in fact, indispensable for dealing with living organisms or social groups. Thus, a basic problem posed to modem science is a general theory of organization. General Systems Theory is, in principle, capable of giving exact definitions for such concepts.
 
The self has the characteristic that it is an object to itself, and that characteristic distinguishes it from other objects and from the body.
 
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
 
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.
 
Given the scale of life in the cosmos, one human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a just visitor to this planet, a guest, who will only stay for a limited time. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time alone, unhappy or in conflict with our companions? Far better, surely, to use our short time here in living a meaningful life, enriched by our sense of connection with others and being of service to them.
 
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.
 
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.
 
If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.
 
Who rules our symbols, rules us.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
 
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
 
When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.
 
By an object, I mean anything that we can think, i.e. anything we can talk about.
 
What we see depends mainly on what we look for
 
The map is not the territory... The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map...
 
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.
 
Only an idiot could think there is a point to any of this.
 
I do not judge the universe.
 
The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
 
Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.
 
Convince me, but without convictions. Convictions no longer convince me.
 
He who learns and learns and yet does not know what he knows, is one who plows and plows yet never sows.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.
 
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
 
Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell.
 
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.
 
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.
 
The hours of your life are the most valuable currency you will ever have. How will you spend them?
 
You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.
 
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
 
If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
 
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.
 
Our rulers, who rule our symbols, and so rule a symbolic class of life, impose their own infantilism on our instituitions, educational methods, and doctrines. This leads to maladjustment of the incoming generations which, being born into, are forced to develop under the un-natural (for man) semantic conditions imposed on them. In turn, they produce leaders afflicted with the old animalistic limitations. The vicious circle is completed; it results in a general state of human un-sanity, reflected again in our instituitions. And so it goes, on and on.
 
The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
 
Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
 
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.
 
There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.
 
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.
 
We see what we see because we miss all the finer details.
 
False encouragement is a kind of theft: it steals time, energy, and motivation a person could put toward some other purpose.
 
Second order effects, such as belief in belief, makes fanaticism.
 
Never lend books -- nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me. 
 
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.
 
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.
 
Existence precedes and rules essence.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Allow rather than resist what arises in the present moment-inside or out. Let it be interesting rather than good or bad.
 
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.
 
Evolution has made Homo sapiens, like other social mammals, a xenophobic creature. Sapiens instinctively divide humanity into two parts, ‘we’ and ‘they’.
 
Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
 
We must continually remind ourselves that there is a difference between what is natural and what is actually good for us.
 
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.
 
Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.
 
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
 
So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
 
All things living are in search of a better world.
 
As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.
 
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.
 
Effort supposes resistance.
 
Life comes at us in waves. We can't predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf.
 
In life, stress happens when you resist what arises.
 
And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds, And binding with briars my joys and desires.
 
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.
 
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
 
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, small people talk about other people.
 
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.
 
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.
 
There are two ways to slice easily thorugh life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.
 
Before you can see the Light, you have to deal with the darkness.
 
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.
 
A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures.
 
Unless someone truly has the power to say no, they never truly have the power to say yes.
 
I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.