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We know what we are, but know not what we may be. 
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.
Liberals tend to understand that a person can be lucky or unlucky in all matters relevant to his success. Conservatives, however, often make a religious fetish of individualism. Many seem to have absolutely no awareness of how fortunate one must be to succeed at anything in life, no matter how hard one works. One must be lucky to be able to work. One must be lucky to be intelligent, physically healthy, and not bankrupted in middle age by the illness of a spouse.
When people bother you in any way, it is because their souls are trying to get your divine attention and your blessing.
Like the early days of the Internet, the dawn of personal genomics promises benefits and pitfalls that no one can foresee.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
His ignorance is encyclopedic.
In truth, there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.
Human beings do not live in the objective world alone, nor alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood, but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society. It is quite an illusion to imagine that one adjusts to reality essentially without the use of language and that language is merely an incidental means of solving specific problems of communication or reflection. The fact of the matter is that the ‘real world’ is to a large extent unconsciously built up on the language habits of the group... We see and hear and otherwise experience very largely as we do because the language habits of our community predispose certain choices of interpretation.
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.
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.
I say that the world is a league of scoundrels against the men of good will, and of the petty against the generous.
It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. 
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.
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation.
The Christian religion has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world. 
What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.
If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.
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.
Rather, for all objects and experiences, there is a quantity that has optimum value. Above that quantity, the variable becomes toxic. To fall below that value is to be deprived.
You are going to pay a price for every thing you do and every thing you don't do. You don't ge to choose to not pay a price. You get to choose which poison you're going to take.
It is always easier for one man to solve another man's problem.
There is no polite way to suggest to someone that they have devoted their life to a folly.
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
It is difficult to imagine a set of beliefs more suggestive of mental illness than those that lie at the heart of many of our religious traditions.
Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
Obedience simulates subordination as fear of the police simulates honesty.
Life is not a private affair. A story and its lessons are only made useful if shared.
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
Human beings are actually more closely related to the two species of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes, the familiar chimp, and Pan paniscus, the rare, smaller pygmy chimp or bonobo) than those chimpanzees are to the other apes.
Love is blind, as they say, and because love is blind, it often leads to tragedy.
We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.
We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
For every complicated problem there is a simple, easy to understand, wrong answer.
A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
The purpose of a system is what it does. There is after all, no point in claiming that the purpose of a system is to do what it constantly fails to do.
Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable.
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.
If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.
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.
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
Moderation? It's mediocrity, fear, and confusion in disguise. It's the devil's dilemma. It's neither doing nor not doing. It's the wobbling compromise that makes no one happy. Moderation is for the bland, the apologetic, for the fence-sitters of the world afraid to take a stand. It's for those afraid to laugh or cry, for those afraid to live or die. Moderation...is lukewarm tea, the devil's own brew.
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.
Nothing exists for itself alone, but only in relation to other forms of life
It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.
Language is a window into human nature, but it is also a fistula, an open wound through which we're exposed to an infectious world.
Sapiens rule the world because only they can weave an intersubjective web of meaning: a web of laws, forces, entities and places that exist purely in their common imagination. This web allows humans alone to organise crusades, socialist revolutions and human rights movements.
Well done is better than well said.
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time.
Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.
The best thing parents can do for their children is to love each other.
He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony.
I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority.
One of the greatest challenges facing civilization in the twenty-first century is for human beings to learn to speak about their deepest personal concerns-about ethics, spiritual experience, and the inevitability of human suffering-in ways that are not flagrantly irrational. We desperately need a public discourse that encourages critical thinking and intellectual honesty. Nothing stands in the way of this project more that the respect we accord religious faith.
Great souls have wills; feeble souls have wishes.
I hope I never get so old I get religious.
To suppose universal laws of nature capable of being apprehended by the mind and yet having no reason for their special forms, but standing inexplicable and irrational, is hardly a justifiable position. Uniformities are precisely the sort of facts that need to be accounted for. Law is par excellence the thing that wants a reason. Now the only possible way of accounting for the laws of nature, and for uniformity in general, is to suppose them results of evolution.
Remember your math: an anecdote is not a trend.
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.
Humor is just another defense against the universe.
Silence is the best response to a fool.
I am what I am because of who we all are. (Principle of Ubuntu philosophy)
Love is blind, but marriage restores its sight.
Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
It is... easy to be certain. One has only to be sufficiently vague.
The a priori method is distinguished for its comfortable conclusions. It is the nature of the process to adopt whatever belief we are inclined to, and there are certain flatteries to the vanity of man which we all believe by nature, until we are awakened from our pleasing dream by rough facts.
There's the common veneration (not just by the religious) of faith, namely believing something without a good reason.
Grant me patience, O Lord, but hurry!
One cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it.
The man with a new idea is a Crank until the idea succeeds.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
In the year 2006, a person can have sufficient intellectual and material resources to build a nuclear bomb and still believe that he will get seventy-two virgins in Paradise.
He who does not fill his world with phantoms remains alone.
The essential ingredient of politics is timing.
The goal of marriage is not to think alike but to think together.
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.
Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions.
You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.
If everyone could learn that what is right for me does not make it right for anyone else, the world would be a much happier place.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
This is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own.
Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future.
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.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government.
Genius is nothing but continued attention.
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.
Your parents and society use that word duty as a means of molding you, shaping you according to their particular idiosyncrasies, their habits of thought, their likes and dislikes, hoping thereby to guarantee their own safety.
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
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