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Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
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.
There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our
character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
You can't say civilization isn't advancing, in every war they kill you in a new way.
There is no such thing as truth. People who really know what happened aren't talking. And the people who don't have a clue, you can't shut them up.
When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.
Everything we think and feel (and keep thinking and feeling) creates, deep within, the brain we have.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
Love is a state of being, and in that state, the 'me', with its identifications, anxieties, and possessions is absent. Love cannot be, as long as the activities of the self, of the 'me', whether conscious or unconscious, continue to exist.
In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.
Curiosity illuminates the correct path to anything in life. If you're not curious, that's when your brain is starting to die.
There are many difficulties impeding the rapid spread of reasonableness. One of the main difficulties is that it always takes two to make a discussion reasonable. Each of the parties must be ready to learn from the other. You cannot have a rational discussion with a man who prefers shooting you to being convinced by you.
If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
War is God's way of teaching Americans geography. 
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
For one thing, before the 20th century, there were plenty of genocides. We tend to forget about them, partly because they weren't as well documented and partly because, until recently, people didn't care. We used euphemisms like 'sackings' and 'sieges' instead of calling them 'genocides.'
Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.
We have a choice. We have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That's it. Conversation and violence. And faith is a conversation stopper.
One should always be in love; that is the reason one should never marry.
My neighbor's poverty makes me feel poor; my own does not.
Poverty is the mother of crime.
Before you can see the Light, you have to deal with the darkness.
... the fallacy of attributing to one cause what is due to many causes.
If babies held the same tendency toward self-criticism as adults, they might never learn to walk or talk. Can you imagine infants stomping, 'Aarggh! Screwed up again!' Fortunately, babies are free of self-criticism. They just keep practicing.
The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.
The pathology is to want control, not that you ever get it, because of course you never do.
To rid yourself of old patterns, focus all your energy not on struggling with the old, but on building the new.
Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
Love me when I least deserve it, because it's when I need it most.
Gossip is certainly one of the things that language is useful for, because it's always handy to know who needs a favor, who can offer a favor, who's available, who's under the protection of a jealous spouse. And being the first to get a piece of gossip is like engaging in insider trading: You can capitalize on an opportunity before anyone else can.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
Science is the most durable and nondivisive way of thinking about the human circumstance. It transcends cultural, national, and political boundaries. You don't have American science versus Canadian science versus Japanese science.
Love thy neighbor as thyself, but choose your neighborhood.
Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.
Blessed is the man, who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
A person does what he does because he sees the world as he sees it.
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter. Far more important is that they be a good human being.
You know, if we understand one question rightly, all questions are answered. But we don't know how to ask the right question. To ask the right question demands a great deal of intelligence and sensitivity. Here is a question, a fundamental question: is life a torture? It is, as it is; and man has lived in this torture centuries upon centuries, from ancient history to the present day, in agony, in despair, in sorrow; and he doesn't find a way out of it. Therefore he invents gods, churches, all the rituals, and all that nonsense, or he escapes in different ways. What we are trying to do, during all these discussions and talks here, is to see if we cannot radically bring about a transformation of the mind, not accept things as they are, nor revolt against them. Revolt doesn't answer a thing. You must understand it, go into it, examine it, give your heart and your mind, with everything that you have, to find out a way of living differently. That depends on you, and not on someone else, because in this there is no teacher, no pupil; there is no leader; there is no guru; there is no Master, no Saviour. You yourself are the teacher and the pupil; you are the Master; you are the guru; you are the leader; you are everything. And to understand is to transform what is.
Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so.
Here appear to exist general system laws which apply to any system of a particular type, irrespective of the particular properties of the systems and the elements involved. Compared to the analytical procedure of classical science with resolution into component elements and one-way or linear causality as basic category, the investigation of organized wholes of many variables requires new categories of interaction, transaction, organization, teleology.
There are risks and costs to action, but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
Even though its common knowledge these days, it never ceases to amaze me that all the richness of our mental life - all our feelings, our emotions, our thoughts, our ambitions, our love life, our religious sentiments and even what each of us regards us his own intimate private self - is simply the activity of these little specks of jelly in your head, in your brain. There is nothing else.
There is no God, but don’t tell that to my servant, lest he murder me at night.
Romantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw.
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 period of enthusiasm, heat, and agitated imagination is not right [for poetic creation]; indeed it works against it. One needs a time of intensity, but tranquil intensity, a time of real genius rather than real excitement . . . , an impression of past or future or habitual emotion rather than its actual presence -- one could say its twilight rather than its bright noon. Often the best moment occurs when, the feeling and impulse being over, the mind though calm surges up again after the storm, as it were, to pleasurably recall the past sensation.
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.
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.
The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.
Emotion consists of a very well orchestrated set of alterations in the body that has, as a general purpose, making life more survivable by taking care of a danger, of taking care of an opportunity, either/or, or something in between.
Why do I think that we, the intellectuals, are able to help? Simply because we, the intellectuals, have done the most terrible harm for thousands of years. Mass murder in the name of an idea, a doctrine, a theory, a religion — that is all our doing, our invention: the invention of the intellectuals. If only we would stop setting man against man — often with the best intentions — much would be gained. Nobody can say that it is impossible for us to stop doing this.
We are told that when Jehovah created the world he saw that it was good. What would he say now?
Where we have reasons for what we believe, we have no need of faith; where we have no reasons, we have lost both our connection to the world and to one another.
Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.
Energy follows thought; we move toward, but not beyond, what we can imagine. What we assume, expect, or believe creates and colors our experience. By expanding our deepest beliefs about what is possible, we change our experience of life.
The goal of marriage is not to think alike but to think together.
STATISTICIAN: Someone who can put his head in the oven and his feet in the freezer and tell you, "on average, I feel just fine."
Let us imagine that the aboriginal-original human specimen was one of two brother apes, A and B; they were alike in every respect; both were animal space-binders; but something strange happened to B; he became the first time-binder, a human. … He had thus a new faculty, he belonged to a new dimension; but, of course, he did not realize it; and because he had this new capacity he was able to analyze his brother "A"; he observed "A is my brother; he is an animal; but he is my brother; therefore, I AM AN ANIMAL." This fatal first conclusion, reached by false analogy, by neglecting a fact, has been the chief source of human woe for half a million years and it still survives. … He [then] said to himself, "If I am an animal there is also in me something higher, a spark of some thing supernatural."
From the cradle to the grave, each individual pays for the sin of not being God.
When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny. 
It is just the ones who have loved and been well loved, and who have had many deep friendships who can hold out against hatred, rejection or persecution.
The map is not the territory... The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map...
I can’t control the wind, but I can adjust the sails.
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.
To fear is to die every minute.
Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did.
Each part of the brain knows a little bit about what’s happening in some other [parts], but there’s no single place that knows everything. ... It’s like a big corporation.
A beautiful woman is a paradise to the eyes and a curse to the purse.
If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I am happy when good things happen to other people, billions more chances to be happy!
Management problems are not respecters of the company organization, nor of the talents of the people appointed to solve them.
You can do what you decide to do — but you cannot decide what you will decide to do.
Through a narrow window we can see only part of the sky, and not the whole vastness, the magnificence of it.
Man, when he realizes that he is an object of comedy, does not laugh.
A multiple personality is in a certain sense normal.
When you lend money to a friend you usually lose your friend plus interest.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
We must continually remind ourselves that there is a difference between what is natural and what is actually good for us.
No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife isn't saying.
The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.
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.
È meglio fallire nell'originalità che avere successo nell'imitazione.
You have to stay in shape. My mother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now and we have no idea where she is.
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.
No one is really alone in this world: everyone has its own god, its own sorrow or its own pride keeping company.
At times I want to be found.
He who has never hoped can never despair.
False encouragement is a kind of theft: it steals time, energy, and motivation a person could put toward some other purpose.
Demagogy leads to bigger disasters than the ones it promised to prevent.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
Governments want efficient technicians, not human beings, because human beings become dangerous to governments – and to organized religions as well. That is why governments and religious organizations seek to control education.
We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.
The status quo sucks.
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!
CAT: A lapwarmer with a built-in buzzer.
The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
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