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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."
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
Sleep is the best meditation.
The earth has grown a nervous system, and it's us.
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.
I was involved in an extremely good example of oral contraception two weeks ago. I asked a girl to go to bed with me, she said 'no'.
A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
At the end of all our wanderings, we will arrive at the place we started, and know it for the first time
Maxims, because what is isolated can be seen better.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
CHRISTIAN: One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbors.
The freedom to think out loud on certain topics, without fear of being hounded into hiding or killed, has already been lost.
I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for his reputation if he didn't.
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
People say sometimes that Beauty is only superficial. That may be so. But at least it is not so superficial as Thought is. To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
Life and 'Mind' are systemic processes.
We are beginning to play with ideas of ecology, and although we immediately trivialize these into commerce or politics, there is at least an impulse still in the human breast to unify and thereby sanctify the total natural world, of which we are.... There have been, and still are, in the world many different and even contrasting epistemologies which have been alike in stressing an ultimate unity, and, although this is less sure, which have also stressed the notion that ultimate unity is aesthetic. The uniformity of these views gives hope that perhaps the great authority of quantitative science may be insufficient to deny an ultimate unifying beauty. I hold to the presupposition that our loss of the sense of aesthetic unity was, quite simply, an epistemological mistake.
Woman was God's second mistake.
We find systems which by their very nature and definition are not closed systems. Every living organism is essentially an open system. It maintains itself in a continuous inflow and outflow, a building up and breaking down of components, never being, so long as it is alive, in a state of chemical and thermodynamic equilibrium but maintained in a so-called steady state which is distinct from the latter.
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.
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
When the rules are more important than people, destructiveness is inevitable.
Being someone is being one alone. Being someone is loneliness.
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. 
When hope is hungry, everything feeds it.
If our well-being depends upon the interaction between events in our brains and events in the world, and there are better and worse ways to secure it, then some cultures will tend to produce lives that are more worth living than others; some political persuasions will be more enlightened than others; and some world views will be mistaken in ways that cause needless human misery.
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past.
Age does not determine who's right, it only determines who's left!
Before solving a problem, make sure you've got the right problem.
When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.
Life is best organized as a series of daring ventures from a secure base.
Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.
We are seeking another basic outlook: the world as an organization. This would profoundly change categories of our thinking and influence our practical attitudes. We must envision the biosphere as a whole with mutually reinforcing or mutually destructive inter-dependencies.
To be objective is to treat others as you treat an object, a corpse to behave with them like an undertaker.
Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from that of their social environment.
We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.
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.
Either our wills are determined by prior causes and we are not responsible for them, or they are the product of chance and we are not responsible for them.
What you are the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.
I would rather die standing than live on my knees!
For nearly a century, the moral relativism of science has given faith-based religion--that great engine of ignorance and bigotry--a nearly uncontested claim to being the only universal framework for moral wisdom. As a result, the most powerful societies on earth spend their time debating issues like gay marriage when they should be focused on problems like nuclear proliferation, genocide, energy security, climate change, poverty, and failing schools.
The goal of marriage is not to think alike but to think together.
Without deviation, progress is not possible.
Choice means saying no to one thing so you can say yes to another.
CAT: A lapwarmer with a built-in buzzer.
There has to be innate circuitry that does the learning, that creates the culture, that acquires the culture, and that responds to socialization.
Our knowledge can be only finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.
We do not judge the people we love.
There is a time for politeness and there is a time when you are obliged to be rude.
To rid yourself of old patterns, focus all your energy not on struggling with the old, but on building the new.
The only way to change our lives is by changing our minds.
The truth is something that burns. It burns off dead wood. And people don't like having the dead wood burnt off, often because they're 95 percent dead wood.
You say you love your wife. You depend on her; she has given you her body, her emotions, her encouragement, a certain feeling of security and well-being. Then she turns away from you; she gets bored or goes off with someone else, and your whole emotional balance is destroyed, and this disturbance, which you don’t like, is called jealousy. There is pain in it, anxiety, hate and violence. So what you are really saying is, ‘As long as you belong to me I love you but the moment you don’t I begin to hate you.
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. 
Ethical ideas and sentiments have to be considered as parts of the phenomena of life at large. We have to deal with man as a product of evolution, with society as a product of evolution, and with moral phenomena as products of evolution.
In life, stress happens when you resist what arises.
The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.
Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.
The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next. 
The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.
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.
CORPORATION: An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
The status quo sucks.
Reason should be destroyed in all Christians.
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. 
We know the meaning so long as no one asks us to define it.
There is then rationality without reason. Such rationality is not commensurate with freedom but the destroyer of it.
For it was my master who taught me not only how very little I knew but also that any wisdom to which I might ever aspire could consist only in realizing more fully the infinity of my ignorance
To be interested in the public good we must be disinterested, that is, not interested in goods in which our personal selves are wrapped up.
Beware, no matter his faith, the man who presumes to tell you what God wants.
But among many professional women the existence of sex differences is still a source of discomfort. As one colleague said to me, "Look, I know that males and females are not identical. I see it in my kids, I see it in myself, I know about the research. I can't explain it, but when I read claims of sex differences, steam comes out of my ears."
Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.
The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray.
Man's achievements rest upon the use of symbols.... we must consider ourselves as a symbolic, semantic class of life, and those who rule the symbols, rule us.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. 
I tended to place my wife under a pedestal.
The word ‘consciousness’ is a clever trick that we use to keep from thinking about how thinking works. We take a lot of different phenomena and we give them all the same name, and then you think you’ve got it.
True, you don't have to be religious to be crazy, but it helps.
Roads, better harnesses for horses, time-keeping devices, financial instruments like a currency that was recognized everywhere in the kingdom, enforceable contracts - all of this made commerce more appealing than plunder.
To treat others ethically is to act out of concern for their happiness and suffering.
If you want peace of mind I suggest you resign as general manager of the universe.
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
I will act as if what i do makes a difference.
To love is human, but to marry is diabolical.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
An eye for an eye….we are all blind
You are not made to live as beasts but to follow virtue and knowledge
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 European wars of religion were more deadly than the First World War, proportionally speaking, and in the range of the Second World War in Europe. The Inquisition, the persecution of heretics and infidels and witches, they racked up pretty high death tolls.
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.
When your suffering is a little greater than my suffering I feel that I am a little cruel.
Every point in the universe is a solution to an equation.
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