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5767Woody AllenBisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.Sex
4315Peter DruckerEfficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.Management
4255Giacomo LeopardiAs a man's desires grow cooler, he becomes better equipped to deal with other men or to succeed in society. Nature, with her usual benevolence, has ordained that men shall not learn to live until they lose the motives for living.Ageing
3369Thomas MannA writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. Writing
7929Antonio DamasioConsciousness, much like our feelings, is based on a representation of the body and how it changes when reacting to certain stimuli. Self-image would be unthinkable without this representation.Mind
6848Jiddu KrishnamurtiThe ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.Judging
4648André GideIt is better to be hated for what one is, than loved for what one is not. Love
3346Bertrand RussellSo far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.Religion
6818Ralph Waldo EmersonSociety everywhere is in conspiracy against the self-reliance of every one of its members.Society
8613Alfred KorzybskiWhatever we may say will not be the objective level, which remains fundamentally un-speakable. Thus, we can sit on the object called 'a chair', but we cannot sit on the noise we made or the name we applied to that object.Miscellaneous
8469Sam HarrisScience is the most durable and nondivisive way of thinking about the human circumstance. It transcends cultural, national, and political boundaries. You don't have American science versus Canadian science versus Japanese science.Religion
8483Sam HarrisSome beliefs are so dangerous that it may be ethical to kill people for believing them.Religion
2272Henry FordThinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.Thinking
3695William Strunk, JrOmit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.Talking
6044Jean-Paul SartreI have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted.Miscellaneous
4728Ambrose BierceIDIOT: A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling.Stupidity
10725John BowlbyIf we value our children, we must cherish their parents.Miscellaneous
6742Albert CamusFiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.Truth
5004Piero ScaruffiThere is nothing more dangerous than a philosopher who wants to change the worldPhilosophy
6851Jiddu KrishnamurtiOne is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.Knowledge
6289Karl PopperThere is an almost universal tendency, perhaps an inborn tendency, to suspect the good faith of a man who holds opinions that differ from our own opinions. … It obviously endangers the freedom and the objectivity of our discussion if we attack a person instead of attacking an opinion or, more precisely, a theory.Miscellaneous
5065Robert DangoorWhen you attach a label make sure it can come off because things can change.Miscellaneous
3027AnonymousOnce there was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time is called the Dark Ages.Religion
8612Alfred KorzybskiI care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.Miscellaneous
3982Victor BorgeLaughter is the shortest distance between two people.Laughing
6854Jiddu KrishnamurtiTradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.Traditions
4721Ambrose BierceCYNIC: A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Cynism
8550Richard DawkinsDo not ever tell a child 'you belong to this religion'. This is child abuse.Religion
4418Mark TwainI find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed.Principles
8328Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.Miscellaneous
3473Geoffrey C. WardJournalism is merely history's first draft.Journalism
2114Bertrand RussellA marriage is likely to be called happy if neither party ever expected to get much happiness out of it.Marriage
3253Will RogersYou can't say civilization isn't advancing, in every war they kill you in a new way.Civilization
6052Jean-Paul SartreAll that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.Reading
2219Ingrid BergmanA kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.Kissing
8326Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.Miscellaneous
3273Emma GoldmanIf voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.Democracy
8519Sam HarrisIt is utterly astonishing how ordinary a book can be and still be thought the product of omniscience.Religion
6946Jiddu KrishnamurtiThe military spirit makes you obedient, it makes you physically very disciplined; but inwardly your mind is gradually destroyed because you are imitating, following, copying. You become a mere tool of the older people, of the politician, an instrument of propaganda.Discipline
2738AnonymousFor every complicated problem there is a simple, easy to understand, wrong answer.Problems
9850Gregory BatesonEvery move we make in fear of the next war in fact hastens it.Miscellaneous
8024Dan MillmanModeration? 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.Miscellaneous
8218Margaret MeadEvery time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.Men and Women
2558George CarlinYou have to stay in shape. My mother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now and we have no idea where she is.Sport
4685Napoleon BonaparteA leader is a dealer in hope.Hope
8531Sam HarrisWhere 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.Religion
8481Sam HarrisEither our wills are determined by prior causes and we are not responsible for them, or they are the product of chance and we are not responsible for them.Will
3592AnonymousAn idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.Responsibility
8593AnonymousGod may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't. Miscellaneous
6612Nathan SvensonPeople will remember not what you said but how you made them feel.Feelings
7102George BoereeWhen the rules are more important than people, destructiveness is inevitable.Psychology
5672AnonymousLife is a state of mind. (From the film "Being There")Life
9873Gregory BatesonLife and 'Mind' are systemic processes.Miscellaneous
6485Abraham H. MaslowAnother peculiar characteristic of the human organism when it is dominated by a certain need is that the whole philosophy of the future tends also to change. For our chronically and extremely hungry man, Utopia can be defined very simply as a place where there is plenty of food.Psychology
8010Dan MillmanDream big. Start small and then connect the dots.Miscellaneous
8480Sam HarrisHow we pay attention to the present moment...determines the character of our experience and...the quality of our lives.Attention
9899Jacques MonodThe fundamental biological variant is DNA. That is why Mendel's definition of the gene as the unvarying bearer of hereditary traits, its chemical identification by Avery (confirmed by Hershey), and the elucidation by Watson and Crick of the structural basis of its replicative invariance, are without any doubt the most important discoveries ever made in biology. To this must be added the theory of natural selection, whose certainty and full significance were established only by those later theories.Miscellaneous
6059Jean-Paul SartreOne is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become. One lives one's death, one dies one's life.Life and Death
4669Abraham LincolnIf you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.Good and Evil
4595George CarlinI think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.Humour
4724AnonymousEXECUTIVE: A man who talks to the visitors while others are doing the work.Organization
7924Antonio DamasioOf necessity, the autobiographical self is not just about one individual but about all the others that an individual interacts with. Of necessity, it incorporates the culture in which the interactions took place.Mind
4399Johann W. von GoetheYou don't have to travel around the world to understand that the sky is blue everywhere.Knowledge
8465Sam HarrisUnlike statements of fact, which require no further work on our part, lies must be continually protected from collisions with reality.Truth
8444Sam HarrisPeople who harbor strong convictions without evidence belong at the margins of our societies, not in our halls of power.Religion
2506AnonymousIt is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.Conformism
3533André GideBelieve those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.Truth
3255Akiro KurosawaIn a mad world, only the mad are sane.Madness
7966Herbert SpencerThere 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.Miscellaneous
4402Johann W. von GoetheDoubt grows with knowledge.Doubting
5739William HazlittMan 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.Laughing
7790William James All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits.Habit
3060Bertrand RussellThe time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Time
4111Oscar WildeSome cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.Happiness
3850Johann W. von GoetheTalent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.Talent
7923Antonio DamasioTo me, body and mind are different aspects of specific biological processes.Mind
10506William BlakeMen are admitted into Heaven not because they have curbed & govern'd their Passions or have No Passions, but because they have Cultivated their Understandings. The Treasures of Heaven are not Negations of Passion, but Realities of Intellect, from which all the Passions Emanate Uncurbed in their Eternal Glory.Religion
2140Emma GoldmanThe most violent element in society is ignorance.Ignorance
6849Jiddu KrishnamurtiYou must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.Understanding
6487Abraham H. Maslow...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.Psychology
10203Ludwig von BertalanffyEntities 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...Miscellaneous
4801Abraham LincolnThe dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.Changing
2203Erich FrommThere is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.Love
2766Ralph Waldo EmersonThe greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.Truth
10198Ludwig von BertalanffyWholeness [Ganzheit], Gestalt, is the primary attribute of life.Miscellaneous
7945Vilayanur RamachandranWhat the neurology tells us is that the self consists of many components, and the notion of one unitary self may well be an illusion.Mind
4706J. McCabeBUREAUCRAT: A person who cuts red tape sideways.Burocracy
2210Henry FordAsking 'Who ought to be the boss?' is like asking 'Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?' Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.Authority
6922Jiddu KrishnamurtiAs I said, relationship has true significance only when it is a process of self-revelation, when it is revealing oneself in the very action of relationship. But most of us do not want to be revealed in relationship.Human relations
3980AnonymousIn strong wind, even turkeys can fly.Ability
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
7786William James The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.Miscellaneous
3508Ashleigh BrilliantLife may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove.Life
2148AnonymousBlessed are they who can laugh at themselves... for they will never cease to be amused.Laughing
7748William James If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.Miscellaneous
3676Mark TwainThe man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.Reading
5560Steve JobsThese technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I’m not downplaying that.Information technology
4688Samuel JohnsonHope itself is a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords; but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain. Hope
8489Sam HarrisOf course, the liar often imagines that he does no harm as long as his lies go undetected.Lying
2305Henry FordAnyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.Learning
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