2813A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure.
5053He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
9843Interesting 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.
2291Success is no proof about the quality of a work
8292Peace 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.
2578Martyrdom is the only way a person can become famous without ability.
10201The 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.
6053Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete.
8531Where 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.
6805There is nothing so pathetic as a bore who claims attention - and gets it
4524Heaven 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.
Hell is where the police are German, the chefs British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss is all organized by the Italians.
6799Don't listen to their words, fix your attention on their deeds.
7943People 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.
8494We 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.
8269Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
4735PURITANISM: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
7365We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Problems and solutionsProblems and solutions
2691Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
4716COMMITTEE: A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
3351It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
13239Life has become better, and no one seems to know about it.
4753Tyranny 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.
4768The word "heretic" comes from the Greek word "hereticos", meaning "able to choose" - which pretty much says it all, don't you think?
13273America 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.
12294What I say to myself - who says it? Who does he say it to?
4197In my silence only my voice is missing.
2451A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government.
2213The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
Human differencesHuman differences
5048Take everything seriously, except yourselves
2183It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite.
2646There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
8366Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
3783Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
4013I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better.
8606Laughter is an instant vacation.
4793It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
7778Human 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.
3084Without darkness there are no dreams.
13059The mind is the effect, not the cause.
8459You 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.
4769No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife isn't saying.
7994Choice means giving up something you want for something else you want more.
2632You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
8437Either 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.
3615No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
2401Bachelors know more about women than married men do. If they didn't, they'd be married too
4240Maxims, because what is isolated can be seen better.
4772There is a secret to live a happy life, but it remains, in fact, a secret.
5772Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
9838We 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.
2319An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
8238Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
3782The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
5871Romantic 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.
7958The boundary between neurology and psychiatry is becoming increasingly blurred, and its only a matter of time before psychiatry becomes just another branch of neurology.
4003Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
3800Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
2359Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.
13208Evolutionary 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.
13054The more you have invested in your religion, the more you will be motivated to protect that investment.
2869It 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.
5570When 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.
7772Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
4281Good example is half a sermon.
6487...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.
3510The way to become boring is to say everything.
2556The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
7953Here 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.
13053Science, 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.
7789As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.
6921To 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.
6902The Observer is the Observed.
8524The problem is that religion tends to give people bad reasons to be good.
10510There 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.
8312Although 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.
2850Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.
3846There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.
5767Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.
8451Almost 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.
3224The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it.
3016The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.
4285Activity is the only road to knowledge.
6869There 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.
10498The Imagination is not a State: it is the Human Existence itself.
3009The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
3121Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
13937It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
7759Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
12287The condemnation of an error is another error.
7798The 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.
4043Sometimes you can observe a lot by watching.
13055Any theory that makes progress is bound to be initially counterintuitive.
8528To 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.
9675The beauty of a face is not a separate quality but a relation or proportion of qualities to each other.
4417The 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.
13251Photography is a kind of virtual reality, and it helps if you can create the illusion of being in an interesting world.
10715We 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.
5596The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
13290Statisticians tell us that people underestimate the sheer number of coincidences that are bound to happen in a world governed by chance.
3452After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.