Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.
Doctor, I have a ringing in my ears. -- Don't answer!
Time is nature's way of making sure everything doesn't happen at once.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
It is... easy to be certain. One has only to be sufficiently vague.
But the newest research is showing that many properties of the brain are genetically organized, and don't depend on information coming in from the senses.
Don't for heaven's sake, be afraid of talking nonsense! But you must pay attention to your nonsense.
Surely education has no meaning unless it helps you understand the vast experience of life with all its subtleties, with its extraordinary beauty, its sorrows and joys. You may earn degrees, you may have a series of letters after your name and land a good job, but then what? What is the point of it all if in the process your mind becomes dull, weary, stupid?
Even the most vaunted experts are susceptible to wishful thinking and can be blinded to a truth by a conviction that is supported more by emotional attachment than reason.
Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
If you had love in your heart, you would show respect to those who have nothing and also to those who have everything; you would neither be afraid of those who have, nor disregard those who have not. Respect in the hope of reward is the outcome of fear. In love there is no fear.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
What the artist tries to do (either consciously or unconsciously) is to not only capture the essence of something but also to amplify it in order to more powerfully activate the same neural mechanisms that would be activated by the original object.
To live: a quite complicated way of dying.
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One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.
The propensity to make strong emotional bonds to particular individuals [is] a basic component of human nature.
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.
Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.
Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
Faith: not *wanting* to know what is true.
The one primary and fundamental law of mental action consists in a tendency to generalisation.
Il miglior combattente non è mai arrabbiato.
If the myth of pure evil is that evil is committed with the intention of causing harm and an absence of moral considerations, then it applies to very few acts of so-called 'pure evil' because most evildoers believe what they are doing is forgivable or justifiable.
My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher. And that is a good thing for any man
In order to disprove the assertion that all crows are black, one white crow is sufficient.
There are portions of the sovereign people who spend most of their spare time and spare money on motoring and comparing motor cars, on bridge-whist and post-mortems, on moving pictures and potboilers, talking always to the same people with minute variations on the same old themes. They cannot really be said to suffer from censorship, or secrecy, the high cost or the difficulty of communication. They suffer from anemia, from lack of appetite and curiosity for the human scene. Theirs is no problem of access to the world outside. Worlds of interest are waiting for them to explore, and they do not enter.
The world is the totality of facts, not of things.
Laws are the spider's webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape.
The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
"Never judge a man without putting yourself in his place." This old proverb makes all judgment impossible, for we judge someone only because, in fact, we cannot put ourselves in his place.
Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of the billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity.
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.
The right method of philosophy would be this. To say nothing except what can be said, i.e. the propositions of natural science, i.e. something that has nothing to do with philosophy: and then always, when someone else wished to say something metaphysical, to demonstrate to him that he had given no meaning to certain signs in his propositions. This method would be unsatisfying to the other - he would not have the feeling that we were teaching him philosophy - but it would be the only strictly correct method. My propositions are elucidatory in this way: he who understands me finally recognizes them as senseless, when he has climbed out through them, on them, over them. (He must so to speak throw away the ladder, after he has climbed up on it.) He must surmount these propositions; then he sees the world rightly. Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.
People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards.
What do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me.
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
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 think so badly of philosophy that I don't like to talk about it. ... I do not want to say anything bad about my dear colleagues, but the profession of teacher of philosophy is a ridiculous one. We don't need a thousand of trained, and badly trained, philosophers — it is very silly. Actually most of them have nothing to say.
You don't have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.
The brain abhors discrepancies.
Man (like the other animals) is not born to enjoy life, but only to perpetuate life, to communicate it to others who come after, to conserve it. Neither he himself, nor life, nor any object of this world is actually made for him, but, on the contrary, he exists completely for life. Terrifying, but a true proposition of all metaphysics.
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.
The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
The big thieves hang the little ones. -- Czech proverb
An eye for beauty locks onto faces that show signs of health and fertility - just as one would predict if it had evolved to help the beholder find the fittest mate.
A confession has to be part of your new life.
If there is no solution to the problem then don't waste time worrying about it. If there is a solution to the problem then don't waste time worrying about it.
There are, indeed, things that cannot be put into words. They make themselves manifest. They are what is mystical.
The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That - with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word 'success' - is our national disease.
Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market.
The shadows: some hide, others reveal.
If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.
In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
To me, body and mind are different aspects of specific biological processes.
There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
At the core of all well-founded belief lies belief that is unfounded.
The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.
What we do in every other area of our lives (other than religion), is, rather than respect somebody's beliefs, we evaluate their reasons.
The sole remaining task for philosophy is the analysis of language.
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
I am what I am because of who we all are. (Principle of Ubuntu philosophy)
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
Logic doesn't apply to the real world.
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
Why do people believe that there are dangerous implications of the idea that the mind is a product of the brain, that the brain is organized in part by the genome, and that the genome was shaped by natural selection?
Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
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.
Women want mediocre men, and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.
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There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.
The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.
The goal of marriage is not to think alike but to think together.
When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
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.
Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.
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.
All our evil comes from our inability to be alone.
The earth has grown a nervous system, and it's us.
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
On the whole, it was not the crudest, the simplest, the most animalistic and primitive aspects of the human species that were reflected in the natural phenomena. It was, rather, the more complex, the aesthetic, the intricate, and the elegant aspects of people that reflected nature. It was not my greed, my purposiveness, my so-called 'animal,' so-called 'instincts,' and so forth that I was recognizing on the other side of that mirror, over there in 'nature.' Rather, I was seeing there the roots of human symmetry, beauty and ugliness, aesthetics, the human being's very aliveness and little bit of wisdom. His wisdom, his bodily grace, and even his habit of making beautiful objects are just as 'animal' as his cruelty.
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
I don't know where my expertise is; my expertise is no disciplines. I would recommend to drop disciplinarity wherever one can. Disciplines are an outgrowth of academia. In academia you appoint somebody and then in order to give him a name he must be a historian, a physicist, a chemist, a biologist, a biophysicist; he has to have a name. Here is a human being: Joe Smith -- he suddenly has a label around the neck: biophysicist. Now he has to live up to that label and push away everything that is not biophysics; otherwise people will doubt that he is a biophysicist. If he's talking to somebody about astronomy, they will say "I don't know, you are not talking about your area of competence, you're talking about astronomy, and there is the department of astronomy, those are the people over there," and things of that sort. Disciplines are an aftereffect of the institutional situation.
My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.
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.
I do not deny that objective experience is imbued with acquired meaning in many respects... Probably no experience escapes from the influence of meaning.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
Any object of thought is both 'more than what we think, and different'.
You can't say civilization isn't advancing, in every war they kill you in a new way.
Faith, if it is ever right about anything, is right by accident.
You do not examine legislation in light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.
All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them.
I am a philosopher, not a scientist, and we philosophers are better at questions than answers.
Only describe, don't explain.
I like fragmentary writing, I seem to only be able to read fragments, feel fragments. And write fragments. (And live fragments.) The pieces naturally form a whole to me, the way minutes make up hours and hours make up days. Fragments flow, to me, in ways that unfragmented writings do not. They flow because they feel natural; yes, fragments feel natural, organic, uncomposed. A story well-composed might be beautiful, but it feels like a beautiful mask to me. Fragments are like the naturalness of children. Maybe that’s why I like fragments: because I can remain in childhood.