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Evolutionary psychology is one of four sciences that are bringing human nature back into the picture.
The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life. 
If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.
A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.
Silence is sometimes the best answer.
Words don't mean, people mean.
Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
There may be things that are completely unknowable to us, so we must be careful not to treat the limits of our knowledge as sure guides to the limit of what there is.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home
The average person thinks he isn't.
Man created God in his own image
To 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.
SPOUSE: Someone who'll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn't have had if you'd stayed single.
Human freedom is not an illusion; it is an objective phenomenon, distinct from all other biological conditions and found in only one species - us.
The louder he talks of honour, the faster we count our spoons.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
If someone is too tired to give you a smile, leave one of your own, because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give.
Life is not a private affair. A story and its lessons are only made useful if shared.
There is a limit to human intelligence, but there is no limit to human stupidity
Love is blind, as they say, and because love is blind, it often leads to tragedy.
I'd always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and would be automatically bestowed upon me as time passed. I never suspected that I would have to learn how to live - that there were specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world I had to master before I could awaken to a simple, happy, uncomplicated life.
Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.
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.
Scientists, operating in the various disciplines, are encapsulated in their private universe, and it is difficult to get word from one cocoon to the other.
Therefore, general systems theory should be, methodologically, an important means of controlling and instigating the transfer of principles from one field to another, and it will no longer be necessary to duplicate or triplicate the discovery of the same principles in different fields isolated from the other.
The optimist proclaims we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home.
In the past two decades anthropologists have gathered data on life and death in pre-state societies rather than accepting the warm and fuzzy stereotypes. What did they find? In a nutshell: Hobbes was right, Rousseau was wrong.
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. 
Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.
Thought forms in the soul in the same way clouds form in the air.
Take everything seriously, except yourselves
What do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me.
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.
If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.
To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.
Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.
Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
I have nothing to declare but my genius.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.
The reason I'm not a neurobiologist but a cognitive psychologist is that I think looking at brain tissue is often the wrong level of analysis. You have to look at a higher level of organization.
Mahavira, the Jain patriarch, surpassed the morality of the Bible with a single sentence: Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being. Imagine how different our world might be if the Bible contained this as its central precept.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Before you can see the Light, you have to deal with the darkness.
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.
Without darkness there are no dreams. 
Let’s not pretend that things will change if we keep doing the same things. A crisis can be a real blessing to any person, to any nation. For all crises bring progress. Creativity is born from anguish, just like the day is born form the dark night. It’s in crisis that inventiveness is born, as well as discoveries made and big strategies.
He who overcomes crisis, overcomes himself, without getting overcome. He who blames his failure to a crisis neglects his own talent and is more interested in problems than in solutions. Incompetence is the true crisis.
The greatest inconvenience of people and nations is the laziness with which they attempt to find the solutions to their problems. There’s no challenge without a crisis. Without challenges, life becomes a routine, a slow agony. There’s no merit without crisis. It’s in the crisis where we can show the very best in us. Without a crisis, any wind becomes a tender touch.
To speak about a crisis is to promote it. Not to speak about it is to exalt conformism. Let us work hard instead. Let us stop, once and for all, the menacing crisis that represents the tragedy of not being willing to overcome it.
The men who committed the atrocities of September 11 were certainly not "cowards," as they were repeatedly described in the Western media, nor were they lunatics in any ordinary sense. They were men of faith—perfect faith, as it turns out—and this, it must finally be acknowledged, is a terrible thing to be.
Our fundamental tactic of self-protection, self-control, and self-definition is not spinning webs or building dams, but telling stories, and more particularly connecting and controlling the story we tell others - and ourselves - about who we are.
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. 
We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
The secret of getting things done is to act!
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
One would have to say "in the end everything is a gag, etc" because everything is infinitely more than just a gag. The same applies to other "is"-statements such as "Laughter is an instant vacation"
Non c'è dubbio che questo poveraccio [William Blake] fosse pazzo, ma c'è qualcosa nella sua pazzia che attira il mio interesse più dell'equilibrio di Lord Byron e Walter Scott.
Racism, because it favors color over talent, is bad for business.
It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. 
An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.
Life is a continuous flux. Our nonhuman ancestors bred, generation after generation, and incrementally begat what we now deem to be the species homo sapiens - ourselves. There is nothing about our ancestral line or about our current biology that dictates how we will evolve in the future. Nothing in the natural order demands that our descendants resemble us in any particular way. Very likely, they will not resemble us. We will almost certainly transform ourselves, likely beyond recognition, in the generations to come.
Are you listening to the ones who keep quiet?
It is your attitude more than your aptitude that will determine your altitude!
Marriage is the waste-paper basket of the emotions.
the question is not how to get rid of fear, but how to awaken the intelligence with which to face and to understand and go beyond fear.
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.
Humility is no substitute for a good personality.
When men hire themselves out to shoot other men to order, asking nothing about the justice of their cause, I don't care if they are shot themselves.
There must be right and wrong answers to questions of morality and values that potentially fall within the purview of science. On this view, some people and cultures will be right (to a greater or lesser degree), and some will be wrong, with respect to what they deem important in life.
I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter. Far more important is that they be a good human being.
There is an efficiency inspired by love which goes far beyond and is much greater than the efficiency of ambition; and without love, which brings an integrated understanding of life, efficiency breeds ruthlessness. Is this not what is actually taking place all over the world? Our present education is geared to industrialization and war, its principal aim being to develop efficiency; and we are caught in this machine of ruthless competition and mutual destruction. If education leads to war, if it teaches us to destroy or be destroyed, has it not utterly failed?
Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.
Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.
The first step to finding a solution is to admit that there is a problem.
Is this true or only clever? 
Who lacks armament should avoid argument.
I do look for openings where I can overturn popular misconceptions, but unlike Christopher Hitchens, I am neither a contrarian nor a lone heretic. I like to have a significant number of academics watching my back.
I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.
Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won't report it. The thief spends less than my wife.
One cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it.
I believe in equality. Equality for everybody. No matter how stupid they are or how superior I am to them.
However much we might deplore the profit motive, or consumerist values, if everyone just wants i-Pods we would probably be better off than if they wanted class revolution.
People say sometimes that Beauty is only superficial. That may be so. But at least it is not so superficial as Thought is. To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.
Grant me patience, O Lord, but hurry!
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.
Passion is a rather frightening thing because if you have passion you don't know where it will take you.
Think like a man of action. Act like a man of thought.
I want to make clear only that words are not the things spoken about, and that there is no such thing as an object in absolute isolation.
When everyone sorrows, no one hears the sorrows.
Society is unity in diversity.
Beware, no matter his faith, the man who presumes to tell you what God wants.
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.
Play the music, not the instrument.
Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.
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