Isn't keeping statistics on violence a form of violence?
Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
Countries with high levels of atheism are . . . the most charitable both in terms of the percentage of their wealth they devote to social welfare programs and the percentage they give in aid to the developing world.
It is better to deserve honours and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.
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.
To ask the 'right' question is far more important than to receive the answer. The solution of a problem lies in the understanding of the problem; the answer is not outside the problem, it is in the problem.
Only sick music makes money today.
What one does, one becomes.
Human natureHuman nature
History isn’t a single narrative, but thousands of alternative narratives. Whenever we choose to tell one, we are also choosing to silence others.
In our considerations we started with a general definition of "systems" defined as a "set of elements standing in interrelations... No special hypothesis or statement were made about the nature of the system, of its elements or the relations between them. Nevertheless from this purely formal definition of "system" many properties follow which in part are expressed in laws well-known in various fields of science, and in part concern concepts previously regarded as anthropomorphic, vitalistic. or metaphysical. The parallelism of general conceptions or even special laws in different fields therefore is a consequence of the fact that those are concerned with "systems" and that certain general principles apply to systems irrespective of their nature.
The definition of definition is at bottom just what the maxim of pragmatism expresses.
An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Good and EvilGood and Evil
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
Governments want efficient technicians, not human beings, because human beings become dangerous to governments – and to organized religions as well. That is why governments and religious organizations seek to control education.
A liberal is someone too poor to be a capitalist, and too rich to be a communist.
Language is a window into human nature, but it is also a fistula, an open wound through which we're exposed to an infectious world.
Lofty questions about the mind are fascinating to ask, philosophers have been asking them for three millennia both in India where I am from and here in the West - but it is only in the brain that we can eventually hope to find the answers.
A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience.
Only optimists commit suicide, optimists who no longer succeed at being optimists. The others, having no reason to live, why would they have any to die?
Marriage is the waste-paper basket of the emotions.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
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.
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.
Our ability to perceive the world around us seems so effortless that we tend to take it for granted.
If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don't bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man.
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.
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.
At the end of all our wanderings, we will arrive at the place we started, and know it for the first time
Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.
A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
Adopt responsibility for your own well-being, try to put your family together, try to serve your community, try to seek for eternal truth... That's the sort of thing that can ground you in your life, enough so that you can withstand the difficulty of life.
Everything we think and feel (and keep thinking and feeling) creates, deep within, the brain we have.
We have got onto slippery ice where there is no friction and so in a certain sense the conditions are ideal, but also, just because of that, we are unable to walk. We want to walk so we need friction. Back to the rough ground!
BUREAUCRAT: A person who cuts red tape sideways.
You are just an insecure little girl in desperate need of attention.
Nothing in Chomsky's account acknowledges the difference between intending to kill a child, because of the effect you hope to produce on its parents (we call this “terrorism”), and inadvertently killing a child in an attempt to capture or kill an avowed child murderer (we call this “collateral damage”). In both cases a child has died, and in both cases it is a tragedy. But the ethical status of the perpetrators, be they individuals or states, could not be more distinct For Chomsky, intentions do not seem to matter. Body count is all.
It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
I am free and that is why I am lost.
Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.
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.
You don't get to advertise all the good that your religion does without first scrupulously subtracting all the harm it does and considering seriously the question of whether some other religion, or no religion at all, does better.
A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.
In Buddhism, ignorance as the root cause of suffering refers to a fundamental misperception of the true nature of the self and all phenomena.
Money does not bring happiness, it buys it.
We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact.
Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
We're only as needy as our unmet needs.
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
The truth is something that burns. It burns off dead wood. And people don't like having the dead wood burnt off, often because they're 95 percent dead wood.
In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.
Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
God must love stupid people, he made so many.
Nothing that is complete breathes.
People are not clones in a monoculture, so what satisfies one will frustrate another, and the only way they can end up equal is if they are treated unequally.
Human differencesHuman differences
Today we take it for granted that war happens in smaller, poorer and more backward countries.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books!
Romantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw.
There are no forces on this planet more dangerous to all of us than the fanaticisms of fundamentalism.
The telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink.
Who rules our symbols, rules us.
It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.
Man is the creature who does not know what to desire, and he turns to others in order to make up his mind. We desire what others desire because we imitate their desires.
Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives.
Values and evaluationsValues and evaluations
According to a recent study of the brains of identical and fraternal twins, differences in the amount of gray matter in the frontal lobes are not only genetically influenced but are significantly correlated with differences in intelligence.
Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much of life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
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.
A sense of humor is just common sense dancing.
Non esiste nulla all'infuori del Tutto.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
What a man can be, he must be.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
Emotions are a critical source of information for learning.
Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.
There are no subjects in the world. A subject is a limitation of the world.
Genius is nothing but continued attention.
Most intellectuals today have a phobia of any explanation of the mind that invokes genetics.
The aim of development must be neither producerism not consumerism, but the satisfaction of fundamental human needs, which are not only needs of humanity.
No pain can be greater than the pain of one person. [...] In other words, no suffering can be greater than that of one human being. [...} The whole planet cannot suffer more than a lone soul.
Pleasure and painPleasure and pain
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
VACATION: Time off to remind employees that the business can get along without them.
After Darwin, God's role changes from being the designer of all creatures great and small to being the designer of the laws of nature, from which natural selection can unfold, to being perhaps just the chooser of the laws. By the time God's role has been so diminished, he becomes a bit like a constitutional monarch, presiding ceremonially but not having any more work to do. That's a place for God if it makes people comfortable to keep God as the presider over the universe. I suppose that is satisfying for many.
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
Up till now [the development of proto-consciousness], we can suppose, nervous systems solved the "Now what do I do?" problem by a relatively simple balancing act between a strictly limited repertoire of actions — if not the famous four F's (fight, flee, feed, or mate), then a modest elaboration of them.
Statisticians tell us that people underestimate the sheer number of coincidences that are bound to happen in a world governed by chance.
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
Logic is a poor model of cause and effect.
Our craving for generality has [as one] source … our preoccupation with the method of science. I mean the method of reducing the explanation of natural phenomena to the smallest possible number of primitive natural laws; and, in mathematics, of unifying the treatment of different topics by using a generalization. Philosophers constantly see the method of science before their eyes, and are irresistibly tempted to ask and answer in the way science does. This tendency is the real source of metaphysics, and leads the philosopher into complete darkness. I want to say here that it can never be our job to reduce anything to anything, or to explain anything. Philosophy really is “purely descriptive.”
Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.
With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
When everyone sorrows, no one hears the sorrows.