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In the 1970s, many intellectuals had become political radicals. Marxism was correct, liberalism was for wimps, and Marx had pronounced that 'the ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class.'
 
The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
 
Ever notice that anyone going slower than you is an idiot, but anyone going faster is a maniac?
 
Religion is, as it were, the calm bottom of the sea at its deepest point, which remains calm however high the waves on the surface may be.
 
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
 
The secret to humor is surprise.
 
Another peculiar characteristic of the human organism when it is dominated by a certain need is that the whole philosophy of the future tends also to change. For our chronically and extremely hungry man, Utopia can be defined very simply as a place where there is plenty of food.
 
The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope.
 
If at first you don't succeed, remove all evidence you ever tried.
 
All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.
 
Tyranny destroys or strengthens the individual; freedom enervates him, until he becomes no more than a puppet. Man has more chances of saving himself by hell than by paradise.
 
Everything we think and feel (and keep thinking and feeling) creates, deep within, the brain we have.
 
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.
 
The sense of the world must lie outside the world. In the world everything is as it is, and everything happens as it does happen: in it no value exists—and if it did exist, it would have no value. If there is any value that does have value, it must lie outside the whole sphere of what happens and is the case. For all that happens and is the case is accidental. What makes it non-accidental cannot lie within the world, since if it did it would itself be accidental. It must lie outside the world.
 
USER: The word computer professionals use when they mean "idiot."
 
Do not ever tell a child 'you belong to this religion'. This is child abuse.
 
By exposing the absence of purpose in the laws governing the universe, science forces us to take responsibility for the welfare of ourselves, our species, and our planet.
 
Meditation is a valuable exercise, but eventually you have to open up your eyes and look around.
 
Truth lives, in fact, for the most part on a credit system. Our thoughts and beliefs pass, so long as nothing challenges them, just as bank-notes pass so long as nobody refuses them.
 
All my writing is a reflection of my core, bits of my core. All those bits...and as they fall onto the page, the puzzle automatically gets put together -- the way a plant gets put together just by being itself and growing day-by-day. Journals are the organic side of my essence, unfolding...
 
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