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If you feel obsessed to prove something to the world, then you'd need world attention to be able to prove it.
In reality, hope is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs man's torments.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
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.
Philosophers' Syndrome: mistaking a failure of the imagination for an insight into necessity.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
To be passive is to let others decide for you. To be aggressive is to decide for others. To be assertive is to decide for yourself.
Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.
When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
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.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. 
Through memory we travel against time, through forgetfulness we follow its course.
To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.
True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.
VACATION: Time off to remind employees that the business can get along without them.
Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.
In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
In individuals madness is a rarity, but in groups, parties, peoples it is the rule.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.
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.
Non arrenderti mai, perché quando pensi che sia tutto finito, è il momento in cui tutto ha inizio.
If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.
It's natural to think that living things must be the handiwork of a designer. But it was also natural to think that the sun went around the earth. Overcoming naive impressions to figure out how things really work is one of humanity's highest callings.
Up till now [the development of proto-consciousness], we can suppose, nervous systems solved the "Now what do I do?" problem by a relatively simple balancing act between a strictly limited repertoire of actions — if not the famous four F's (fight, flee, feed, or mate), then a modest elaboration of them.
Every man has reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone but only his friends. He has other matters in his mind which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.
Different ‘philosophies’ represent nothing but methods of evaluation, which may lead to empirical mis-evaluation if science and empirical facts are disregarded.
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
If all people learned to think in the non Aristotelian manner of quantum mechanics, the world would change so radically that most of what we call "stupidity" and even a great deal of what we consider "insanity" might disappear, and the "intractable" problems of war, poverty and injustice would suddenly seem a great deal closer to solution.
The gratest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
A marriage is likely to be called happy if neither party ever expected to get much happiness out of it.
It is necessary to study not only parts and processes in isolation, but also to solve the decisive problems found in organization and order unifying them, resulting from dynamic interaction of parts, and making the the behavoir of the parts different when studied in isolation or within the whole.
Americans are notoriously ill-informed about evolution. A recent Gallup poll (June 1993) discovered that 47 percent of adult Americans believe that Homo sapiens is a species created by God less than ten thousand years ago.
Reading is seeing by proxy. 
I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
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.
The only link between the verbal and objective world is exclusively structural, necessitating the conclusion that the only content of all "knowledge" is structural. Now structure can be considered as a complex of relations, and ultimately as multi-dimensional order. From this point of view, all language can be considered as names for unspeakable entities on the objective level, be it things or feelings, or as names of relations. In fact... we find that an object represents an abstraction of a low order produced by our nervous system as the result of a sub-microscopic events acting as stimuli upon the nervous system.
We make choices, decisions, as long as we keep to the surface of things; once we reach the depths, we can neither choose nor decide; we can do nothing but regret the surface.
Conventional physics deals only with closed systems, i.e. systems which are considered to be isolated from their environment... However, 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.
It seems evident that everything which exists in nature, is natural, no matter how simple or complicated a phenomenon it is; and on no occasion can the so-called 'supernatural' be anything else than a completely natural law, though it may, at the moment, be above and beyond the present understanding.
Equality is not the empirical claim that all groups of humans are interchangeable; it is the moral principle that individuals should not be judged or constrained by the average properties of their group. … If we recognize this principle, no one has to spin myths about the indistinguishability of the sexes to justify equality.
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.
Do not go where the path may lead; instead go where there is no path and leave a trail.
Grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Play the music, not the instrument.
You are a dynamic whole greater than the sum of your parts. By integrating your body, mind, and emotions through training, you reshape your life.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Psycho-galvanic experiments show clearly that every emotion or thought is always connected with some electrical current.
Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.
Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.
The world, as we perceive it, is our own invention.
Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell.
The roulette table pays nobody except him that keeps it. Nevertheless a passion for gaming is common, though a passion for keeping roulette tables is unknown.
CHEF: Any cook who swears in French.
History is the study of the world's crime.
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.
All God's children are not beautiful. Most of God's children are, in fact, barely presentable.
I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.
It is better to be hated for what one is, than loved for what one is not.
Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
A man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.
How we pay attention to the present moment...determines the character of our experience and...the quality of our lives.
Chance alone is at the source of all novelty, all creation in the biosphere.
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.
We know what we are, but know not what we may be. 
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.
As a man believes, so he will act.
Happy is the man who is nothing.
As an atheist, I am angry that we live in a society in which the plain truth cannot be spoken without offending 90% of the population.
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.
Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, Why me? And the voice says: "Nothing personal your name just happened to come up".
Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.
Science probes; it does not prove.
If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
A decent government with an effective, but not gratuitously violent, police force and a fair court system are essential. This deters and incapacitates psychopaths, bullies and hotheads - and if it earns the confidence of the people, they don't have to become violent in self-defence.
The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing, and to watch someone else do it wrong without comment.
Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity--- romantic love and gunpowder.
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.
The first step toward wisdom is the realization that the laws of the universe don't care about you.
True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it.
Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.
Better never begin; once begun, better finish.
Thoughts naturally arise. The point of meditation is not to banish thoughts but to make peace with them by realizing their lack of substance.
You are not made to live as beasts but to follow virtue and knowledge
We commonly speak as though a single 'thing' could 'have' some characteristic. A stone, we say, is 'hard,' 'small,' 'heavy,' 'yellow,' 'dense,' etc. That is how our language is made: 'The stone is hard.' And so on. And that way of talking is good enough for the marketplace: 'That is a new brand.' 'The potatoes are rotten.' 'The container is damaged.'... And so on. But this way of talking is not good enough in science or epistemology. To think straight, it is advisable to expect all qualities and attributes, adjectives, and so on to refer to at least -two- sets of interactions in time....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).
With the arrival of humans, it has been said, the universe has suddenly become conscious of itself. This, truly, it the greatest mystery of all.
There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government. 
Good example is half a sermon.
The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge.
The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.
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.
Isn't keeping statistics on violence a form of violence?
The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.
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