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Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.
Words are loaded pistols.
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice.
There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.
It is merely an accident of history that it is considered normal in our society to believe that the Creator of the universe can hear your thoughts while it is demonstrative of mental illness to believe that he is communicating with you by having the rain tap in Morse code on your bedroom window.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
Visits always give pleasure--if not the arrival, the departure.
I am the captain of my soul.
Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books!
Responsibility has become the fundamental imperative in modern civilization, and it should be an unavoidable criterion to assess and evaluate human actions, including, in a special way, development activities.
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.
To be loved by whom you love is a great luck; to be loved by whom you don't love is an annoyance; not to be loved by whom you love is a misfortune; not to love and not to be loved, a risky situation.
I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.
Everyone's pedigree merges into everyone else's pedigree. So if you go back far enough, everyone is related.
In science, self-satisfaction is death. Personal self-satisfaction is the death of the scientist. Collective self-satisfaction is the death of the research. It is restlessness, anxiety, dissatisfaction, agony of mind that nourish science.
According to a recent study of the brains of identical and fraternal twins, differences in the amount of gray matter in the frontal lobes are not only genetically influenced but are significantly correlated with differences in intelligence.
Poverty is the mother of crime.
The only profitable conversations are with enthusiasts who have ceased being so, with the ex-naïve. Calmed down at last, they have taken, willy-nilly, the decisive step toward knowledge, that impersonal version of disappointment.
Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social, and even political.
Every point in the universe is a solution to an equation.
That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.
Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.
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.
We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Rather than living our lives ourselves, we are lived by unknown and uncontrollable forces.
I am chained to the earth to pay for the freedom of my eyes.
There are times to let things happen, and times to make things happen. Now is that time. You will either make things happen, watch what happens, or wonder what happened.
Unless someone truly has the power to say no, they never truly have the power to say yes.
A multiple personality is in a certain sense normal.
Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the self-reliance of every one of its members.
The Observer is the Observed.
When we talk about emotion, we really talk about a collection of behaviors that are produced by the brain. You can look at a person in the throes of an emotion and observe changes in the face, in the body posture, in the coloration of the skin and so on.
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.
Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
Non-violence means dialogue, using our language, the human language. Dialogue means compromise; respecting each other’s rights; in the spirit of reconciliation there is a real solution to conflict and disagreement. There is no hundred percent winner, no hundred percent loser—not that way but half-and-half. That is the practical way, the only way.
His ignorance is encyclopedic.
A liberal is someone too poor to be a capitalist, and too rich to be a communist.
Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.
I feel I am free but I know I am not.
You are rich if you have enough money to satisfy all your desires. So there are two ways to be rich: you earn, inherit, borrow, beg, or steal enough money to meet all your desires; or you cultivate a simple lifestyle of few desires; that way you always have enough money.
Evolutionary psychologists seem to want to unmask our noblest motives as ultimately self-interested - to show that our love for children, compassion for the unfortunate and sense of justice are just tactics in a Darwinian struggle to perpetuate our genes.
Some of the greatest, most revolutionary advances in science have been given their initial expression in attractively modest terms, with no fanfare.
Democracy is an imperfect way of steering between the violence of anarchy and the violence of tyranny, with the least violence you can get away with.
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.
I hate Disneyland. It primes our kids for Las Vegas.
Not a single one of the cells that compose you knows who you are, or cares.
Tears: The hydraulic force by which masculine will-power is defeated by feminine water power.
When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny. 
Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
People easily understand that ‘primitives’ cement their social order by believing in ghosts and spirits, and gathering each full moon to dance together around the campfire. What we fail to appreciate is that our modern institutions function on exactly the same basis.
There is a time for politeness and there is a time when you are obliged to be rude.
People have long assumed that violence is necessary for political change. Rulers never cede power voluntarily, the argument goes, so progressives have no choice but to contemplate the use of force to bring about a better world, mindful of the trade-off between a small amount of violence now and acceptance of an unjust status quo indefinitely.
Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen, even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
It was even possible for the most venerated patriarchs of the Church, like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, to conclude that heretics should be tortured (Augustine) or killed outright (Aquinas).
Not what man knows but what man feels, concerns art. All else is science.
Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
We are faced with the task of convincing a myth infatuated world that love and curiosity are sufficient and you don't have to delude yourself and frighten yourself with Iron Age fairy tales. This is a monumental task. I don't think there is an intellectual struggle more worthy of our efforts.
If words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory, then, obviously, the only possible link between the objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure, and structure alone.
Photographs can be seen as tiny quotes from the text of the larger, real world.
What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.
BORE: A person who deprives you with solitude without providing company.
It is easier to stay out than get out.
If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
Man is the creature who does not know what to desire, and he turns to others in order to make up his mind. We desire what others desire because we imitate their desires.
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.
No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness.
Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do.
We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell. Only if we give up our authoritarian attitude in the realm of opinion, only if we establish the attitude of give and take, of readiness to learn from other people, can we hope to control acts of violence inspired by piety and duty.
It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.
Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.
Among the perquisites of freedom is the freedom of people to screw up their own lives.
My neighbor's poverty makes me feel poor; my own does not.
The most solid pleasure in this life is the empty pleasure of illusion.
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.
There is a secret to live a happy life, but it remains, in fact, a secret.
It is better to deserve honours and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.
Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake. 
It is rather more noble to help people purely out of concern for their suffering than it is to help them because you think the Creator of the Universe wants you to do it, or will reward you for doing it, or will punish you for not doing it. The problem with this linkage between religion and morality is that it gives people bad reasons to help other human beings when good reasons are available.
The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments.
This civilization has not yet fully recovered from the shock of its birth — the transition from the tribal or "enclosed society," with its submission to magical forces, to the 'open society' which sets free the critical powers of man.
Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.
If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.
The child needs an organized world rather than an unorganized or unstructured one.
The imagination has made more discoveries than the eye.
Age does not determine who's right, it only determines who's left!
There is a fundamental confusion between the notion of the older 'semantics' as connected with a theory of verbal 'meaning' and words defined by words, and the present theory of 'general semantics' where we deal only with neuro-semantic and neuro-linguistic living reactions of Smith, Smith, etc., as their reactions to neuro-semantic and neuro-linguistic environments as environments.
Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.
Ever notice that anyone going slower than you is an idiot, but anyone going faster is a maniac?

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