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In heaven all the interesting people are missing.
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.
Mathematics is purely hypothetical: it produces nothing but conditional propositions.
Neurons that fire together wire together.
Laughter is an instant vacation.
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.
The point is that most of what we currently hold sacred is not sacred for any reason other than that it was thought sacred yesterday.
Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.
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.
Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.
The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won't get much sleep.
If you fear failure, you shall never succeed.
The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.
People who want to study religion usually have an ax to grind. They either want to defend their favorite religion from its critics or want to demonstrate the irrationality and futility of religion, and this tends to infect their methods with bias.
Peace is the break between two wars.
120 million of us place the big bang 2,500 years after the Babylonians and Sumerians learned to brew beer.
Politicians neither love nor hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them.
The human psyche, like human bones, is strongly inclined towards self-healing.
I think that this is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender.
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
If you want peace of mind I suggest you resign as general manager of the universe.
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.
Many of those who tried to enlighten were hanged from the lampposts.
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.
COMMAND: In computer science, a statement presented by a human and accepted by a computer in such a manner as to make the human feel as if he is in control.
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
I think it is always important to ask fundamental questions, but when we do ask a fundamental question, most of us are seeking an answer, and then the answer is invariably superficial because there is no yes or no answer to life. Life is a movement, an endless movement, and to inquire into this extraordinary thing called life, with all its innumerable aspects, one must ask fundamental questions and never be satisfied with answers, however satisfactory they may be, because the moment you have an answer, the mind has concluded, and conclusion is not life - it is merely a static state. So what is important is to ask the right question and never be satisfied with the answer, however clever, however logical, because the truth of the question lies beyond the conclusion, beyond the answer, beyond the verbal expression. The mind that asks a question and is merely satisfied with an explanation, a verbal statement, remains superficial. It is only the mind that asks a fundamental question and is capable of pursuing that question to the end - it is only such a mind that can find out what is truth.
Take everything seriously, except yourselves
Either God can do nothing to stop catastrophes like this, or he doesn't care to, or he doesn't exist. God is either impotent, evil, or imaginary. Take your pick, and choose wisely.
There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Who lacks armament should avoid argument.
It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
The beauty of reason is that it can always be applied to understand failures of reason.
There is only one thing in the world that is worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
The poor, by thinking unceasingly of money, reach the point of losing the spiritual advantages of non-possession, thereby sinking as low as the rich.
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.
As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.
You are just an insecure little girl in desperate need of attention.
You can't get attention of one who focused on himself.
Moderation? It's mediocrity, fear, and confusion in disguise. It's the devil's dilemma. It's neither doing nor not doing. It's the wobbling compromise that makes no one happy. Moderation is for the bland, the apologetic, for the fence-sitters of the world afraid to take a stand. It's for those afraid to laugh or cry, for those afraid to live or die. Moderation...is lukewarm tea, the devil's own brew.
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.
It is difficult to imagine a set of beliefs more suggestive of mental illness than those that lie at the heart of many of our religious traditions.
It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.
All our behaviours are a result of neurophysiological activity in the brain. There is no reason to believe there is any magic going on.
Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.
We will never deny that subsistence is a fundamental human need which must be satisfied through adequate income, nutrition, housing and work for all. But we will also insist that protection, affection, understanding, participation, leisure, creation, identity and freedom are extremely fundamental human needs as well.
There's a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me.
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
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.
Every aspect of thought and emotion is rooted in brain structure and function, including many psychological disorders and, presumably, genius. The study confirms that the brain is a modular system comprising multiple intelligences, mostly nonverbal.
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
Human beings are born into this little span of life of which the best thing is its friendships and intimacies … and yet they leave their friendships and intimacies with no cultivation, to grow as they will by the roadside, expecting them to "keep" by force of mere inertia.
If you have to deal with a bad person, the first thing you have to do is not to improve him, but to improve yourself.
HORSE SENSE: Stable thinking
Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
It is rather more noble to help people purely out of concern for their suffering than it is to help them because you think the Creator of the Universe wants you to do it, or will reward you for doing it, or will punish you for not doing it. The problem with this linkage between religion and morality is that it gives people bad reasons to help other human beings when good reasons are available.
The only profitable conversations are with enthusiasts who have ceased being so, with the ex-naïve. Calmed down at last, they have taken, willy-nilly, the decisive step toward knowledge, that impersonal version of disappointment.
I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings.
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
Non esiste nulla all'infuori del Tutto.
The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
The more you have invested in your religion, the more you will be motivated to protect that investment.
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.
Only sheep need a shepherd
It is not too much to say that in the extreme development the chance to reason of most men is destroyed, as rationality increases and its locus, its control, is moved from the individual to the big-scale organization.
Logic cannot model causal systems, and paradox is generated when time is ignored [as in logic].
The characteristic of life does not lie in a distinctiveness of single life processes. [Lebensvorgänge], but rather in a certain order among all the processes.
We philosophers are mistake specialists.
I got interested in the emotions after studying patients who had lost the ability to emote and feel under certain circumstances. Many of those patients also had major impairments in their ability to make decisions.
The condemnation of an error is another error.
With stupidity and sound digestion man may front much.
The essential ingredient of politics is timing.
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.
Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.
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.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
To have intelligence there must be freedom, and you cannot be free if you are constantly being urged to become like some hero, for then the hero is important and not you.
Every theory is gray, and only is green the tree of golden fruits that is life.
Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism.
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!
Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.
The old dreams were good dreams; they didn't work out but I'm glad I had them.
Indeed, the line between perceiving and hallucinating is not as crisp as we like to think. In a sense, when we look at the world, we are hallucinating all the time. One could almost regard perception as the act of choosing the one hallucination that best fits the incoming data.
Of necessity, the autobiographical self is not just about one individual but about all the others that an individual interacts with. Of necessity, it incorporates the culture in which the interactions took place.
Freedom from mental distraction equals power.
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.
There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
There is no real independent self, aloof from other human beings, inspecting the world, inspecting other people. You are, in fact, connected not just via Facebook and Internet, you're actually quite literally connected by your neurons.
All experience is subjective.
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
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