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You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them — for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.
What is the point of being educated, of learning to read and write, if you are just going to carry on like a machine? But that is what your parents want, and it is what the world wants. The world does not want you to think, it does not want you to be free to find out, because then you would be a dangerous citizen, you would not fit into the established pattern. A free human being can never feel that he belongs to any particular country, class, or type of thinking. Freedom means freedom at every level, right through, and to think only along a particular line is not freedom.
The moral truth here is obvious: anyone who feels that the interests of a blastocyst just might supersede the interests of a child with a spinal cord injury has had his moral sense blinded by religious metaphysics.
Poverty becomes a marvellously beautiful thing when the mind is free of society. One must become poor inwardly for then there is no seeking, no asking, no desire, no - nothing! It is only this inward poverty that can see the truth of a life in which there is no conflict at all.
I want to make clear only that words are not the things spoken about, and that there is no such thing as an object in absolute isolation.
Sapiens rule the world because only they can weave an intersubjective web of meaning: a web of laws, forces, entities and places that exist purely in their common imagination. This web allows humans alone to organise crusades, socialist revolutions and human rights movements.
Great art allows you to transcend your mortal frame and to reach for the stars. I think great science does the same thing.
Yes, I will try to be. Because I believe that not being is arrogant.
We social scientists would do well to hold back our eagerness to control that world which we so imperfectly understand. The fact of our imperfect understanding should not be allowed to feed our anxiety and so increase the need to control. Rather our studies could be inspired by a more ancient, but today less honoured, motive: a curiosity about the world of which we are part. The rewards of such work are not power but beauty.
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.
...the scientific attitude implies what I call the postulate of objectivity—that is to say, the fundamental postulate that there is no plan, that there is no intention in the universe. Now, this is basically incompatible with virtually all the religious or metaphysical systems whatever, all of which try to show that there is some sort of harmony between man and the universe and that man is a product—predictable if not indispensable—of the evolution of the universe.
The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
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.
Perhaps there is no such thing as unilateral power. After all, the man in power depends on receiving information all the time from outside. He responds to that information just as much as he causes things to happen... it is an interaction, and not a lineal situation.
To me there's no real difference between a fortune teller or a fortune cookie and any of the organized religions. They're all equally valid or invalid, really. And equally helpful.
...love is not synonymous with sex. Sex may be studied as a purely physiological need. Ordinarily sexual behavior is multi-determined, that is to say, determined not only by sexual but also by other needs, chief among which are the love and affection needs. Also not to be overlooked is the fact that
the love needs involve both giving and receiving love.
I'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member.
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
People only see what they are prepared to see.
Life has become better, and no one seems to know about it.
Language continually asserts by the syntax of subject and predicate that 'things' somehow 'have' qualities and attributes. A more precise way of talking would insist that the 'things' are produced, are seen as separate from other 'things,' and are made 'real' by their internal relations and by their behaviour in relationship with other things and with the speaker. It is necessary to be quite clear about the universal truth that whatever 'things' may be in their pleromatic and thingish world, they can only enter the world of communication and meaning by their names, their qualities and their attributes (i.e., by reports of their internal and external relations and interactions).
Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.
CONFERENCE: A gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.
Many societies have educated their male children on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people's home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!
No rational argument will have a rational effect on a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude.
SPOUSE: Someone who'll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn't have had if you'd stayed single.
Never lend books -- nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me. 
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. 
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure." 
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
The recognition of the difference between appearance and reality is a human discovery.
Quiet people have the loudest minds
The greater the level of calmness of our mind, the greater our peace of mind, the greater our ability to enjoy a happy and joyful life.
The secret of change consists in concentrating one's energy to create the new, and not to fight against the old.
Is this true or only clever? 
The description is not the described; I can describe the mountain, but the description is not the mountain, and if you are caught up in the description, as most people are, then you will never see the mountain.
We have been trained to think of patterns, with the exception of those of music, as fixed affairs. It is easier and lazier that way but, of course, all nonsense. In truth, the right way to begin to think about the pattern which connects is to think of it as primarily (whatever that means) a dance of interacting parts and only secondarily pegged down by various sorts of physical limits and by those limits which organisms characteristically impose.
Man lives in a world of meaning.
All experience is subjective.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.
Activity is the only road to knowledge.
Meditation is a valuable exercise, but eventually you have to open up your eyes and look around.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Well, the telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful.
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.
The real danger, I think, is not that machines more intelligent than we are will usurp our role as captains of our destinies, but that we will over-estimate the comprehension of our latest thinking tools, prematurely ceding authority to them far beyond their competence.
The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't.
We are in the world as words are in a book. Each generation is like a line, a phrase.
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
The concepts of individuation and belonging have been portrayed as inherently adversarial. Typpically, the belief is that one is attainable only at the expense of the other. [...] Individuating is not an escape from belonging. Belonging need not be an engulfing, confining, or restricting experience. We believe that it's possible to intergrate these processes. In other words, we think of individuation and belonging as complementary in nature. You cannot truly belong unless you can detach. Individuation and belonging represent a natural dialectic. The more connected you are, the freer you are to venture out and find yourself. The more secure you feel as an individual, the freer you are to be involved in relationships with others, to belong without fear of engulfment or enslavement.
To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.
There is only one thing in the world that is worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn’t build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren’t going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build.
Half of the people in the world are below average.
Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, Why me? And the voice says: "Nothing personal your name just happened to come up".
There is no one, no matter how wise he is, who has not in his youth said things or done things that are so unpleasant to recall in later life that he would expunge them entirely from his memory if that were possible.
In fact, war may be just another obstacle an enlightened species learns to overcome, like pestilence, hunger, and poverty.
TACT: The art of saying nothing when there is nothing to say.
The problem that we, as living organisms, face - and not we only, humans, but any living organism faces - is the management of life.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another.
Neither Darwin nor Nietzsche was politically correct, fortunately for us.
Sports and sex and movies are not inherently bad - But for you they're addictions, not enjoyments. You use them to distract you from what you know you should do. Break free!
I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men.
Almost all our suffering is the product of our thoughts. We spend nearly every moment of our lives lost in thought, and hostage to the character of those thoughts. You can break this spell, but it takes training just like it takes training to defend yourself against a physical assault.
Those of you who think you know everything are annoying to those of us who do.
Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.
The visual system of the brain has the organization, computational profile, and architecture it has in order to facilitate the organism's thriving at the four Fs: feeding fleeing, fighting, and reproduction.
No very sharp line can be drawn between social psychology and individual psychology.
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.
The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
Don't find fault, find a remedy.
... we may say of the receptors, the effectors, of the intellect and the other capacities that they are primarily safety-seeking tools.
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.
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. 
È meglio fallire nell'originalità che avere successo nell'imitazione.
Hope itself is a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords; but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain.
The world, as we perceive it, is our own invention.
I do not believe that women are better than men. We have not wrecked railroads, nor corrupted legislature, nor done many unholy things that men have done; but then we must remember that we have not had the chance.
I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.
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.
Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.
Se entri mi fai onore; se non entri, un piacere
It’s a good thing we have gravity or else when birds died they’d just stay right up there. Hunters would be all confused.
Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did.
It is your attitude more than your aptitude that will determine your altitude!
Happiness comes when you are doing something because you really love to do it, and not because it gives you riches or makes you a prominent person.
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