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A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure.
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
Interesting phenomena occur when two or more rhythmic patterns are combined, and these phenomena illustrate very aptly the enrichment of information that occurs when one description is combined with another.
Success is no proof about the quality of a work
Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.
Martyrdom is the only way a person can become famous without ability.
The fact that a theory so vague, so insufficiently verifiable, and so far from the criteria otherwise applied in 'hard' science has become a dogma can only be explained on sociological grounds.
Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete.
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.
There is nothing so pathetic as a bore who claims attention - and gets it
Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs Italian, the mechanics German, the lovers French and is all organized by the Swiss.

Hell is where the police are German, the chefs British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss is all organized by the Italians.
Don't listen to their words, fix your attention on their deeds.
People often ask how I got interested in the brain; my rethorical answer is: 'How can anyone NOT be interested in it?' Everything you call 'human nature' and consciousness arises from it.
We have Christians against Muslims against Jews, and no matter how liberal your theology, merely identifying yourself as a Christian or a Jew lends tacit validity to this status quo. People have morally identified with a subset of humanity rather than with humanity as a whole.
Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
PURITANISM: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. 
COMMITTEE: A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
Life has become better, and no one seems to know about it.
Tyranny destroys or strengthens the individual; freedom enervates him, until he becomes no more than a puppet. Man has more chances of saving himself by hell than by paradise.
The word "heretic" comes from the Greek word "hereticos", meaning "able to choose" - which pretty much says it all, don't you think?
America had, for one thing, lived in anarchy for - until much more recently than Europe. We had the Wild West, where the cliche of the cowboy movies was the nearest sheriff is 90 miles away, and so you had to pack a gun and defend yourself.
What I say to myself - who says it? Who does he say it to?
In my silence only my voice is missing.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government. 
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. 
Take everything seriously, except yourselves
It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite.
There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better.
Laughter is an instant vacation.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
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.
Without darkness there are no dreams. 
The mind is the effect, not the cause.
You almost never get the pleasure of seeing that you won the argument in real time. People just don't like to publicly change their minds. They change their minds in private.
No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife isn't saying.
Choice means giving up something you want for something else you want more.
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
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.
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues. 
Bachelors know more about women than married men do. If they didn't, they'd be married too
Maxims, because what is isolated can be seen better.
There is a secret to live a happy life, but it remains, in fact, a secret.
Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
We create the world that we perceive, not because there is no reality outside our heads, but because we select and edit the reality we see to conform to our beliefs about what sort of world we live in. The man who believes that the resources of the world are infinite, for example, or that if something is good for you then the more of it the better, will not be able to see his errors, because he will not look for evidence of them. For a man to change the basic beliefs that determine his perception - his epistemological premises - he must first become aware that reality is not necessarily as he believes it to be. Sometimes the dissonance between reality and false beliefs reaches a point when it becomes impossible to avoid the awareness that the world no longer makes sense. Only then is it possible for the mind to consider radically different ideas and perceptions.
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
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.
The boundary between neurology and psychiatry is becoming increasingly blurred, and its only a matter of time before psychiatry becomes just another branch of neurology.
Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. 
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.
Evolutionary psychology was the organizing framework—the source of “explanatory adequacy” or a “theory of the computation”—that the science of psychology had been missing. Like vision and language, our emotions and cognitive faculties are complex, useful, and nonrandomly organized, which means that they must be a product of the only physical process capable of generating complex, useful, nonrandom organization, namely, natural selection. An appeal to evolution was already implicit in the metatheoretical directives of Marr and Chomsky, with their appeal to the function of a mental faculty, and evolutionary psychology simply shows how to apply that logic to the rest of the mind.
The more you have invested in your religion, the more you will be motivated to protect that investment.
It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.
When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
Good example is half a sermon.
...parental outbursts of rage or threats of punishment directed to the child, calling him names, speaking to him harshly, shaking him, handling him roughly, or actual physical punishment sometimes elicit such total panic and terror in the child that we must assume more is involved than the physical pain alone.
The way to become boring is to say everything. 
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. 
Here is a neuron that fires when I reach and grab something, but it also fires when I watch Joe reaching and grabbing something. ... It's as though this neuron is adopting the other person's point of view.
Science, however, is not just a matter of making mistakes, but of making mistakes in public. Making mistakes for all to see, in the hopes of getting the others to help with the corrections.
As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.
To find out actually what takes place when you die you must die. This isn't a joke. You must die - not physically but psychologically, inwardly, die to the things you have cherished and to the things you are bitter about. If you have died to one of your pleasures, the smallest or the greatest, naturally, without any enforcement or argument, then you will know what it means to die. To die is to have a mind that is completely empty of itself, empty of its daily longing, pleasure; and agonies. Death is a renewal, a mutation, in which thought does not function at all because thought is old. When there is death there is something totally new. Freedom from the known is death, and then you are living.
The Observer is the Observed.
The problem is that religion tends to give people bad reasons to be good.
There was no doubt that this poor man [William Blake] was mad, but there is something in the madness of this man which interests me more than the sanity of Lord Byron and Walter Scott.
Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations,you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.
Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.
There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.
Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.
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.
The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it.
The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.
Activity is the only road to knowledge.
There is no ideal in observation. When you have an ideal, you cease to observe, you are then merely approximating the present to the idea, and therefore there is duality, conflict, and all the rest of it. The mind has to be in the state when it can see, observe. The experience of the observation is really an astonishing state. In that there is no duality. The mind is simply - aware.
The Imagination is not a State: it is the Human Existence itself.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
The condemnation of an error is another error.
The first thing the intellect does with an object is to class it along with something else. But any object that is infinitely important to us and awakens our devotion feels to us also as if it must be sui generis and unique. Probably a crab would be filled with a sense of personal outrage if it could hear us class it without ado or apology as a crustacean, and thus dispose of it. "I am no such thing," it would say; "I am MYSELF, MYSELF alone.
Sometimes you can observe a lot by watching. 
Any theory that makes progress is bound to be initially counterintuitive.
To speak plainly and truthfully about the state of our world - to say, for instance, that the Bible and the Koran both contain mountains of life-destroying gibberish - is antithetical to tolerance as moderates currently conceive it. But we can no longer afford the luxury of such political correctness. We must finally recognize the price we are paying to maintain the iconography of our ignorance.
The beauty of a face is not a separate quality but a relation or proportion of qualities to each other.
The interests of an economically dominant class never stand naked. They are enshrouded in the flag, fortified by the law, protected by the police, nurtured by the media, taught by the schools, and blessed by the church.
Photography is a kind of virtual reality, and it helps if you can create the illusion of being in an interesting world.
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.
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
Statisticians tell us that people underestimate the sheer number of coincidences that are bound to happen in a world governed by chance.
After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
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