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8273Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.Miscellaneous
8423AnonymousHappiness is a state of mind.Happiness
8545Mark TwainI do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.Death
9926Erich FrommA sane society is that which corresponds to the needs of man — not necessarily to what he feels to be his needs, because even the most pathological aims can be felt subjectively as that which the person wants most; but to what his needs are objectively, as they can be ascertained by the study of man. It is our first task then, to ascertain what is the nature of man, and what are the needs which stem from this nature.Psychology
10006Bruno CancellieriPeople can be divided in two categories: those who cause changes, and those who adapt to changes caused by other people.Changing
7727AnonymousNeurons that fire together wire together.Psychology
7919Albert EinsteinA person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.Miscellaneous
8035Dan MillmanMeditation is a valuable exercise, but eventually you have to open up your eyes and look around.Miscellaneous
8038Dan MillmanWisdom is the use of knowledgeMiscellaneous
8045Gregg HenriquesSomeone is being judgmental when their judgments are power-driven, unempathetic, based on their own idiosyncratic values or tastes, overly based on other people’s character, and are closed, shallow, and pessimistic, and ultimately have the consequence of making the other person feel problematically diminished.Judging
8197George H. MeadNo very sharp line can be drawn between social psychology and individual psychology.Miscellaneous
8198George H. MeadImagery is not past but present. It rests with what we call our mental processes to place these images in a temporal order.Miscellaneous
8199George H. MeadMentality on our approach simply comes in when the organism is able to point out meanings to others and to himself. This is the point at which mind appears, or if you like, emerges…. It is absurd to look at the mind simply from the standpoint of the individual human organism; for, although it has its focus there, it is essentially a social phenomenon; even its biological functions are primarily social.Miscellaneous
8200George H. MeadThe organized community or social group which gives to the individual his unity of self may be called “the generalized other.” The attitude of the generalized other is the attitude of the whole community. Thus, for example, in the case of such a social group as a ball team, the team is the generalized other in so far as it enters—as an organized process or social activity—into the experience of any one of the individual members of it.Miscellaneous
8201George H. MeadIf you ask, then, where directly in your own experience the “I” comes in, the answer is that it comes in as a historical figure. It is what you were a second ago that is the “I” of the “me.” It is another “me” that has to take that rôle. You cannot get the immediate response of the “I” in the process. Miscellaneous
8297Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Those who have little interest in spirituality shouldn’t think that human inner values don’t apply to you. The inner peace of an alert and calm mind are the source of real happiness and good health. Our human intelligence tells us which of our emotions are positive and helpful and which are damaging and to be restrained or avoided.Miscellaneous
8326Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.Miscellaneous
8431Sam HarrisWhile there is no guarantee that rational people will always agree, the irrational are certain to be divided by their dogmas. Reason
8460Sam HarrisAs an atheist, I am angry that we live in a society in which the plain truth cannot be spoken without offending 90% of the population.Atheism
8593AnonymousGod may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't. Miscellaneous
8606Milton BerleLaughter is an instant vacation.Humour
8838BanksyArt should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.Art
8885Don FreemanWe need to stop looking to politicians to make our world better. Politicians don't make the world a better place. Everything that's ever made the world a better place has come from inventors, engineers, scientists, teachers, artists, builders, philosophers, healers, and people that choose love over hate.Politics
9782Manfred Max NeefYou can never understand love, unless you fall in love. This is valid for eve ry living system. You cannot attempt to understand something of which you are not a part.Understanding
9783Manfred Max NeefHistory is made by historians. No event becomes a historic event unless historians turn it into one.History
9784Manfred Max NeefI also know that one must do what one can do. No matter how little it is, it is nonetheless a human testimony and human testimonies, as long as they are not based on greed or personal ambition for power, can have unexpected positive effects. ...I believe in local action and in small dimensions. It is only in such environments that human creativity and meaningful identities can truly surface and flourish.Miscellaneous
9785Manfred Max NeefThe aim of development must be neither producerism not consumerism, but the satisfaction of fundamental human needs, which are not only needs of humanity.Need
9786Manfred Max NeefWe will never deny that subsistence is a fundamental human need which must be satisfied through adequate income, nutrition, housing and work for all. But we will also insist that protection, affection, understanding, participation, leisure, creation, identity and freedom are extremely fundamental human needs as well.Need
10140George H. MeadThe behaviour of an individual can be understood only in terms of the behavior of the whole social group of which he is a member, since his individual acts are involved in larger, social acts which go beyond himself and which implicate the other members of that group.Miscellaneous
10197Ludwig von BertalanffyThe characteristic of the organism is first that it is more than the sum of its parts and second that the single processes are ordered for the maintenance of the whole.Miscellaneous
10198Ludwig von BertalanffyWholeness [Ganzheit], Gestalt, is the primary attribute of life.Miscellaneous
2121Bruno CancellieriThe important thing is to know what is important.Wisdom
2125Bruno CancellieriTo appreciate the intelligence of a person, you have to be at least as intelligent.Intelligence
2126Bruno CancellieriTruth is much more complicated than falsity. That is why falsity is more popular.Truth
4984Ronald E. OsbornUnless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. Growing
5111Bruno CancellieriMan is the most dangerous animal.Mankind
5683Bruno CancellieriShake your mind before use.Psychology
6594Albert CamusThe only way to deal with an unfree world si to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. Freedom
7226AnonymousI am what I am because of who we all are. (Principle of Ubuntu philosophy)Philosophy
8005Dan MillmanThoughts naturally arise. The point of meditation is not to banish thoughts but to make peace with them by realizing their lack of substance.Miscellaneous
8006Dan MillmanIf you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever.Miscellaneous
8012Dan MillmanTo be authentic literally means to be your own author.Miscellaneous
8017Dan MillmanYou don't have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.Miscellaneous
8352Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.Miscellaneous
9203Bruno CancellieriEnvy is the hidden face of the sense of justice.Envy
10013Gregory BatesonA human being in relation with another has very limited control over what happens in that relationship. He is a part of a two-person unit, and the control which any part can have over any whole is strictly limited.Miscellaneous
10135Alfred KorzybskiWe argue so much today about 'democracy' versus 'totalitarianism'. Democracy presupposes intelligence of the masses;* totalitarianism does not to the same degree. But a 'democracy' without intelligence of the masses under modern conditions can be a worse human mess than any dictatorship could be.
Democracy
5557Bruno CancellieriThe winner is always right.Miscellaneous
5870AnonymousGreat people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, small people talk about other people.Miscellaneous
6938Jiddu KrishnamurtiI am asking myself what is fear: not what I am afraid of. I lead a certain kind of life; I think in a certain pattern; I have certain beliefs and dogmas and I don't want those patterns of existence to be disturbed because I have my roots in them. I don't want them to be disturbed because the disturbance produces a state of unknowing and I dislike that. If I am torn away from everything I know and believe, I want to be reasonably certain of the state of things to which I am going. So the brain cells have created a pattern and those brain cells refuse to create another pattern which may be uncertain. The movement from certainty to uncertainty is what I call fear.Fear
4703Howard ScottCRIMINAL: A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.Crime
4720Ambrose BierceCORPORATION: An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility. Economy
4732AnonymousPHILANTHROPIST: One who gives away what he should give back.Generosity
4753Emil CioranTyranny 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.Freedom
4774Giovanni SorianoTo be conspicuous by one's absence and listened to by one's silence are two little masterpieces of vanity.Vanity
4776Giovanni SorianoTo love is human, but to marry is diabolical.Love
4777Giovanni SorianoMoney does not bring happiness, it buys it.Money
5079Randy PauschExperience is what you get when you don't get what you want.Experience
5405George CarlinMore people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason.Religion
5672AnonymousLife is a state of mind. (From the film "Being There")Life
5566Steve JobsA lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.Miscellaneous
5567Steve JobsSimple 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.Simplicity
5568Steve JobsBeing 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.Miscellaneous
5643Steve JobsCreativity is connecting things.Creativity
5735Bruno CancellieriLaughter is a burst of freedom.Laughing
5764Robert M. PirsigWhen one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.Religion
5794Stephen HawkingQuiet people have the loudest mindsMiscellaneous
5860AnonymousLove me when I least deserve it, because it's when I need it most.Love
5932Carl Gustav JungUntil you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.Unconscious
5946Arthur SchopenhauerMan can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.Freedom
6072Albert EinsteinLet’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. Miscellaneous
6118AristoteleIt is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.Education
6135George Bernard ShawLove consists of overestimating the differences between one woman and another.Love
6282Karl PopperAll things living are in search of a better world. Miscellaneous
6283Karl PopperYou can choose whatever name you like for the two types of government. I personally call the type of government which can be removed without violence "democracy", and the other "tyranny". Politics
6411Robert James Waller The old dreams were good dreams; they didn't work out but I'm glad I had them.Dreaming
6496Shankar VedantamThose who travel with the current will always feel they are good swimmers; those who swim against the current may never realize they are better swimmers than they imagine.Miscellaneous
7105Erich FrommIt is naively assumed that the fact that the majority of people share certain ideas or feelings proves the validity of these ideas and feelings. Nothing is further from the truth. Consensual validation as such has no bearing whatsoever on reason or mental health. Just as there is a folie à deux there is a folie à millions. The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same mental pathology does not make these people sane.Madness
8009Dan MillmanUnless someone truly has the power to say no, they never truly have the power to say yes.Miscellaneous
5926Christian Nestell BoveeNo man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.Happiness
2248Chinese ProverbA court common to all is swept by no one.Public property
8206Margaret MeadWe 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.Miscellaneous
4542Ella FitzgeraldIt isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts.Miscellaneous
4592Kurt VonnegutWell, the telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful.Humour
4608AristoteleThe secret to humor is surprise.Humour
4617AnonymousIn God we trust; all others must pay cash.God
4646Stanislaw LecMany of those who tried to enlighten were hanged from the lampposts. Miscellaneous
4649Vladimir LeninA lie told often enough becomes the truth. Truth
4665Abraham LincolnEverybody likes a compliment. Appreciation
4667Abraham LincolnTact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. Tact
4668John LennonTime you enjoy wasting, was not wasted. Time
4669Abraham LincolnIf you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.Good and Evil
4684George Bernard ShawHe who has never hoped can never despair.Hope
4696Oscar WildeHard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do.Work
4705Gian Vincenzo GravinaBORE: A person who deprives you with solitude without providing company. Boredom
4707Honoré de BalzacBUREAUCRACY: A giant mechanism operated by pygmies. Burocracy
4710Granville HicksCENSOR: A man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.Censorship
4717Fred AllenCONFERENCE: A gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done. Organization
4721Ambrose BierceCYNIC: A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Cynism
4727AnonymousHORSE SENSE: Stable thinkingThinking
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