The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
Every theory is gray, and only is green the tree of golden fruits that is life.
Writing is the process of removing the outer wrapping to dive into the inner pool. The words on the pages -- the tangible aspect of them -- become the bridges between inner and outer, seen and unseen. How else can I reveal the worlds and worlds (and depths within depths) that I perceive?
A sense of concern for others gives our lives meaning; it is the root of all human happiness
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Quiet people have the loudest minds
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from that of their social environment.
In fact, "atheism" is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a "non-astrologer" or a "non-alchemist." We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and their cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.
If you feel obsessed to prove something to the world, then you'd need world attention to be able to prove it.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
Courage is worthy of respect when displayed in the maintenance of legitimate claims and in the repelling of aggressions, bodily or other. Courage is worthy of yet higher respect when danger is faced in defence of claims common to self and others, as in resistance to invasion. Courage is worthy of the highest respect when risk to life or limb is dared in defence of others.
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).
The truth is so precious that it must be guarded by a vast bodyguard of lies.
Who will tell whether one happy moment of love, or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies?
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.
It is the 'zoomorphic' or 'rattomorphic' fallacy - the expressed or implicit contention that there is no essential difference between rat and man - which makes American psychology so profoundly disturbing.
No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.
Nearly 230 million Americans believe that a book showing neither unity of style nor internal consistency was authored by an omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent deity.
Violence and religion have often gone together, but it's not a perfect correlation, and it doesn't have to be a permanent connection, because religions themselves change.
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
My life is like an air-traffic controller's: moments of boredom broken up by moments of sheer terror.
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.
His ignorance is encyclopedic.
A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.
Invention, using the term most broadly, and imitation, are the two legs, so to call them, on which the human race historically has walked.
The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
Who do you turn to when the only person who can stop your tears, is the one that's causing them?
Thought forms in the soul in the same way clouds form in the air.
Humor is just another defense against the universe.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
To seek wisdom rather than truth. It is more within our grasp.
The mechanism of primary emotions does not describe the full range of emotional behaviors. They are, to be sure, the basic mechanism. However, I believe that in terms of an individual's development they are followed by mechanisms of secondary emotions, which occur once we begin experiencing feelings and forming systematic connections between categories of objects and situations, on the one hand, and primary emotions, on the other.
Find out what it means to die - not physically, that's inevitable - but to die to everything that is known, to die to your family, to your attachments, to all the things that you have accumulated, the known, the known pleasures, the known fears. Die to that every minute and you will see what it means to die so that the mind is made fresh, young, and therefore innocent, so that there is incarnation not in a next life, but the next day.
A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation.
I will help you to approach if you approach, and to keep away if you keep away.
Human relationsHuman relations
It is amusing to discover, in the twentieth century, that the quarrels between two lovers, two mathematicians, two nations, two economic systems, usually assumed insoluble in a finite period should exhibit one mechanism, the semantic mechanism of identification - the discovery of which makes universal agreement possible, in mathematics and in life.
Life itself is just a thin coat of paint on the planet, and we hold the paintbrush.
It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
What we need now is the description of the “describer” or, in other words, we need a theory of the observer.
Reason should be destroyed in all Christians.
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A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?
The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars.
Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness, of captivity, would, without this comfort, be insupportable.
We have a choice. We have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That's it. Conversation and violence. And faith is a conversation stopper.
What we do in every other area of our lives (other than religion), is, rather than respect somebody's beliefs, we evaluate their reasons.
SEX: The most fun you can have without laughing.
Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do in order to achieve what they want to achieve.
It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
Close your eyes and you will see.
I am confident that those who believe in belief are wrong. That is, we no more need to preserve the myth of God in order to preserve a just and stable society than we needed to cling to the Gold Standard to keep our currency sound. It was a useful crutch, but we've outgrown it. Denmark, according to a recent study, is the sanest, healthiest, happiest, most crime-free nation in the world, and by and large the Danes simply ignore the God issue. We should certainly hope that those who believe in belief are wrong, because belief is waning fast, and the props are beginning to buckle.
There is no path to Happiness. Happiness is the path. There is no path to Love. Love is the path. There is no path to Peace. Peace is the path.
Meditation is a valuable exercise, but eventually you have to open up your eyes and look around.
The days of the digital watch are numbered.
Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.
I shall argue that the problem of grace is fundamentally a problem of integration and what is to be integrated is the diverse parts of the mind - especially those multiple levels of which one extreme is called 'consciousness' and the other the 'unconscious'.
There is no history of mankind, there is only an indefinite number of histories of all kinds of aspects of human life. And one of these is the history of political power. This is elevated into the history of the world. But this, I hold, is an offence against every decent conception of mankind.
The only way to change our lives is by changing our minds.
PEACE: In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.
If you want a real meaning, and you can’t find one, it’s all very well to make one up — but I don’t see how that solves any problems. ... Unless you say how God works, saying that God exists doesn’t explain anything.
There is no such thing as truth. People who really know what happened aren't talking. And the people who don't have a clue, you can't shut them up.
.. [there are] people who, according to the best data available, have been starved for love in the earliest months of their lives and have simply lost forever the desire and the ability to give and to receive affection.
The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
Specialization may be a great temptation for the scientist. For the philosopher it is the mortal sin.
The emotions triggered by fiction are very real.
His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy.
Societies that empower women are less violent in every way.
There have been times when I have deliberately tried to take my life... I think I must have been crying for some attention.
In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.
Only sick music makes money today.
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Near me nothing but distances.
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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.
Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.
One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
The number one failure of leaders is their failure to reproduce other leaders.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin. (Cardinal Bellarmine, 1615, during the trial of Galileo)
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.
Entities of an essentially new sort are entering the sphere of scientific thought. Classical science in its diverse disciplines, be it chemistry, biology, psychology or the social sciences, tried to isolate the elements of the observed universe - chemical compounds and enzymes, cells, elementary sensations, freely competing individuals, what not -- expecting that, by putting them together again, conceptually or experimentally, the whole or system - cell, mind, society - would result and be intelligible. Now we have learned that for an understanding not only the elements but their interrelations as well are required...
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.
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.
Only sheep need a shepherd
CYNIC: A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.
As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
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.
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.
Rigor alone is paralytic death, but imagination alone is insanity.
Is sex dirty? Only when it's being done right.
As women are empowered, violence can come down, for a number of reasons. By all measures, men are the more violent gender.