The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive - you
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.
One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland --and no other.
When you are finished changing, you are finished.
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.
If you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood.
The beauty of a face is not a separate quality but a relation or proportion of qualities to each other.
The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.
If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
There ain't no devil, only God when he's drunk.
The propensity to make strong emotional bonds to particular individuals [is] a basic component of human nature.
Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the self-reliance of every one of its members.
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
Why is it surprising that scientists might have long hair and wear cowboy boots? In fields like neuroscience, where the events you are recording are so minute, I suspect scientists cultivate a boring, reliable image. A scientist with a reputation for flamboyance might be suspect.
In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.
Words are more treacherous and powerful than we think.
Truth is what works.
Money does not bring happiness, it buys it.
Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various editions of them.
I am free and that is why I am lost.
Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed.
Understanding a person does not mean condoning; it only means that one does not accuse him as if one were God or a judge placed above him.
Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did.
Not a single one of the cells that compose you knows who you are, or cares.
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.
More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.
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Man lives in a world of meaning.
I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.
If faith cannot be reconciled with rational thinking, it has to be eliminated as an anachronistic remnant of earlier stages of culture and replaced by science dealing with facts and theories which are intelligible and can be validated.
I have never been a fan of science fiction. For me, fiction has to explore the combinatorial possibilities of people interacting under the constraints imposed by our biology and history. When an author is free to suspend the constraints, it's tennis without a net.
The woof and warp of all thought and all research is symbols, and the life of thought and science is the life inherent in symbols; so that it is wrong to say that a good language is important to good thought, merely; for it is the essence of it.
A man walking is never in balance, but always correcting for imbalance.
Write books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone.
The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge.
The recognition of the difference between appearance and reality is a human discovery.
The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.
Most people are afraid to stand alone; they are afraid to think things out for themselves, afraid to feel deeply, to explore and discover the whole meaning of life.
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a time of moral crisis, remain neutral.
Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
You are just an insecure little girl in desperate need of attention.
In individuals madness is a rarity, but in groups, parties, peoples it is the rule.
Curiosity illuminates the correct path to anything in life. If you're not curious, that's when your brain is starting to die.
The difference between faith and insanity is that faith is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence, whereas insanity is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence.
To be conspicuous by one's absence and listened to by one's silence are two little masterpieces of vanity.
Rather, for all objects and experiences, there is a quantity that has optimum value. Above that quantity, the variable becomes toxic. To fall below that value is to be deprived.
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Grant me patience, O Lord, but hurry!
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
The only way to change our lives is by changing our minds.
Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing, and to watch someone else do it wrong without comment.
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
The earth is not my home, I'm just passing by
We need to stop looking to politicians to make our world better. Politicians don't make the world a better place. Everything that's ever made the world a better place has come from inventors, engineers, scientists, teachers, artists, builders, philosophers, healers, and people that choose love over hate.
Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet.
Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.
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.
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.'
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.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government.
Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.
The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
No one knows what the nongenetic causes of individuality are. Perhaps people are shaped by modifications of genes that take place after conception, or by haphazard fluctuations in the chemical soup in the womb or the wiring up of the brain or the expression of the genes themselves.
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The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
Cognitive psychology has shown that the mind best understands facts when they are woven into a conceptual fabric, such as a narrative, mental map, or intuitive theory. Disconnected facts in the mind are like unlinked pages on the Web: They might as well not exist.
Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.
I do not want anything over again. Not even a mother.
Doubt is an uneasy and dissatisfied state from which we struggle to free ourselves and pass into the state of belief; while the latter is a calm and satisfactory state which we do not wish to avoid, or to change to a belief in anything else.
COMMITTEE: A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
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.
Most of us are genuinely unaware that it is possible to change our minds.
Whenever you can, count.
In the long run I certainly hope information is the cure for fanaticism, but I am afraid information is more the cause than the cure.
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.
It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.
Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reason.
To fear is to die every minute.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
We always underestimate the ingenuity of idiots.
To be authentic literally means to be your own author.
Other broader aspects of the attempt to seek safety and stability in the world are seen in the very common preference for familiar rather than unfamiliar things, or for the known rather than the unknown. The tendency to have some religion or world-philosophy that organizes the universe and the men in it into some sort of satisfactorily coherent, meaningful whole is also in part motivated by safety-seeking. Here too we may list science and philosophy in general as partially motivated by the safety needs....
You cannot buy happiness but you have to pay the price.
But the myth of power is, of course, a very powerful myth, and probably most people in this world more or less believe in it. It is a myth, which, if everybody believes in it, becomes to that extent self-validating. But it is still epistemological lunacy and leads inevitably to various sorts of disaster.
Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.
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.
The brain abhors discrepancies.
Only sheep need a shepherd
The minute you succumb to outside pressure, you cease to be creative.
Chance alone is at the source of all novelty, all creation in the biosphere.