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2630Henry Louis MenckenThe truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure." Doubting
4738AnonymousSTATISTICIAN: Someone who can put his head in the oven and his feet in the freezer and tell you, "on average, I feel just fine." Miscellaneous
5048Rudyard KiplingTake everything seriously, except yourselvesMiscellaneous
6855Jiddu KrishnamurtiYou know, if we understand one question rightly, all questions are answered. But we don't know how to ask the right question. To ask the right question demands a great deal of intelligence and sensitivity. Here is a question, a fundamental question: is life a torture? It is, as it is; and man has lived in this torture centuries upon centuries, from ancient history to the present day, in agony, in despair, in sorrow; and he doesn't find a way out of it. Therefore he invents gods, churches, all the rituals, and all that nonsense, or he escapes in different ways. What we are trying to do, during all these discussions and talks here, is to see if we cannot radically bring about a transformation of the mind, not accept things as they are, nor revolt against them. Revolt doesn't answer a thing. You must understand it, go into it, examine it, give your heart and your mind, with everything that you have, to find out a way of living differently. That depends on you, and not on someone else, because in this there is no teacher, no pupil; there is no leader; there is no guru; there is no Master, no Saviour. You yourself are the teacher and the pupil; you are the Master; you are the guru; you are the leader; you are everything. And to understand is to transform what is.Understanding
5772Woody AllenWhy does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.Mankind
2241Erich FrommWhy should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?Education
7772William James Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.Life
3122Italian proverbTell me what you are reading and I will tell you who you are.Reading
4697Rainer Maria RilkeThere is only one journey. Going inside yourself.Travelling
8441Sam HarrisThe problem with religion, because it's been sheltered from criticism, is that it allows people to believe en masse what only idiots or lunatics could believe in isolation.Religion
2249H. G. WellsHuman history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.Education
8500Sam HarrisThe perpetrators of the Inquisition - the torturers, informers, and those who commanded their actions - were ecclesiastics of one rank or another. They were men of God - popes, bishops, friars, and priests.Religion
6316Karl PopperSince we can never know anything for sure, it is simply not worth searching for certainty; but it is well worth searching for truth; and we do this chiefly by searching for mistakes, so that we have to correct them.Truth
5872Fran LebowitzFood is an important part of a balanced diet.Food
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
6309Karl PopperDo not allow your dreams of a beautiful world to lure you away from the claims of men who suffer here and now. Our fellow men have a claim to our help; no generation must be sacrificed for the sake of future generations, for the sake of an ideal of happiness that may never be realised.Miscellaneous
5870AnonymousGreat people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, small people talk about other people.Miscellaneous
4228Joseph JoubertAre you listening to the ones who keep quiet?Listening
3942Ram DassOnly that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying.Understanding
4176Emil CioranThe poor, by thinking unceasingly of money, reach the point of losing the spiritual advantages of non-possession, thereby sinking as low as the rich.Poverty
8494Sam HarrisWe 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.Religion
8293Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.Miscellaneous
4411Charles DickensThe forces that affect our lives, the influences that mold and shape us, are often like whispers in a distant room, teasingly indistinct, apprehended only with difficulty.Character
5114Walter BagehotThe gratest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.Pleasure
6812Sant'AgostinoSince you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.Attention
7641SocratesThe secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.Changing
6124AnonymousFreedom is not free.Freedom
8535Sam HarrisThe faith of religion is belief on insufficient evidence.Religion
2199AnonymousIf love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?Sex
5141George CarlinWeather forecast for tonight: dark. Miscellaneous
3232Arthur Conan DoyleMediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.Mediocrity
4498Oscar WildeA man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.Love
4774Giovanni SorianoTo be conspicuous by one's absence and listened to by one's silence are two little masterpieces of vanity.Vanity
7969Charles DarwinNothing exists for itself alone, but only in relation to other forms of lifeLife
8552Mark TwainWhen I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.Miscellaneous
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
8365Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)When you lose, don't lose the lesson.Miscellaneous
8474Sam HarrisCountries with high levels of atheism are . . . the most charitable both in terms of the percentage of their wealth they devote to social welfare programs and the percentage they give in aid to the developing world.Religion
4933Gary ConnelThe concepts of individuation and belonging have been portrayed as inherently adversarial. Typpically, the belief is that one is attainable only at the expense of the other. [...] Individuating is not an escape from belonging. Belonging need not be an engulfing, confining, or restricting experience. We believe that it's possible to intergrate these processes. In other words, we think of individuation and belonging as complementary in nature. You cannot truly belong unless you can detach. Individuation and belonging represent a natural dialectic. The more connected you are, the freer you are to venture out and find yourself. The more secure you feel as an individual, the freer you are to be involved in relationships with others, to belong without fear of engulfment or enslavement.Psychology
6861Jiddu KrishnamurtiThe world is not something separate from you and me; the world, society, is the relationship that we establish or seek to establish between each other. So you and I are the problem, and not the world, because the world is the projection of ourselves, and to understand the world we must understand ourselves. That world is not separate from us; we are the world, and our problems are the world's problems.Miscellaneous
6795Toba BetaIf you feel obsessed to prove something to the world, then you'd need world attention to be able to prove it.Attention
7795William James We know the meaning so long as no one asks us to define it.Miscellaneous
4244Joseph JoubertThe poet must not cross an interval with a step when he can cross it with a leap.Poetry
4295George Bernard ShawThe more a man possesses over and above what he uses, the more careworn he becomes.Possession
3544La BruyèreAll our evil comes from our inability to be alone.Solitude
2167Albert EinsteinTechnological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.Technology
3097Henri BergsonThink like a man of action. Act like a man of thought.Thinking
8585Alfred KorzybskiThe 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.Miscellaneous
5755AnonymousWhen I'm right no one remembers, when I'm wrong no one forgets.Miscellaneous
9203Bruno CancellieriEnvy is the hidden face of the sense of justice.Envy
5067Robert DangoorIf you ask for something you have to say "Please", if you want to get something you have to please.Miscellaneous
2338Louise BealLove thy neighbor as thyself, but choose your neighborhood.Society
8300Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.Miscellaneous
3551Parkinsons' LawWork expands to fill the time available for its completion.Work
6060Jean-Paul SartreWhat do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me.Justice
8512Sam HarrisOne of the greatest challenges facing civilization in the twenty-first century is for human beings to learn to speak about their deepest personal concerns-about ethics, spiritual experience, and the inevitability of human suffering-in ways that are not flagrantly irrational. We desperately need a public discourse that encourages critical thinking and intellectual honesty. Nothing stands in the way of this project more that the respect we accord religious faith.Religion
4300George Bernard ShawThe roulette table pays nobody except him that keeps it. Nevertheless a passion for gaming is common, though a passion for keeping roulette tables is unknown.Miscellaneous
8576Alfred KorzybskiThere are two ways to slice easily thorugh life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.Miscellaneous
2173Oscar WildeMost people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.Conformism
7995Dan MillmanYou can change your life with a simple shift of attention. But to make that simple shift, you have to find your heart. It's the only way. Accept yourself, then transcend yourself.Miscellaneous
4193Olivia DresherPhotographs can be seen as tiny quotes from the text of the larger, real world.Photography
3968AnonymousIf you want to stay single...look for the perfect mate !Marriage
5877Fran LebowitzIf you can stay in love for more than two years, you're on something.Love
4334Jonathan SwiftQuando un vero genio appare in questo mondo, lo si può riconoscere dal fatto che gli idioti sono tutti coalizzati contro di lui.Genius
3475Immanuel KantScience is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.Wisdom
3238Anatole FranceNever lend books -- nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me. Miscellaneous
6792Susan SontagA writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.Attention
4528Friedrich NietzscheSe entri mi fai onore; se non entri, un piacereHospitality
5405George CarlinMore people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason.Religion
6048Jean-Paul SartrePolitics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.Politics
3449Garrison Keillor It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars. Life
3835John CallahanThis is a feminist bookstore. There is no humor section.Feminism
5028Groucho MarxWhy should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me?Future
8018Dan MillmanIf you want peace of mind I suggest you resign as general manager of the universe.Miscellaneous
3640Johann W. von GoetheWe know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.Knowledge
7637AnonymousThe problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.Problems
5008Piero ScaruffiMost books are about aspects of human knowledge. Few people write books about human ignorance, despite the fact that there would be much more to write about.Ignorance
4865Oscar WildeI have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.Taste
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
4260Giacomo LeopardiChildren find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.Children
3681John ErskineThere's a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me.Beauty
4307GibbonGod is on the side of the strongest battalions.God
4066AnonymousEveryone needs to be loved, especially when they do not deserve it.Love
8569Alfred KorzybskiThe map is not the territory... The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map...Miscellaneous
6913Jiddu KrishnamurtiTo compare is the very nature of a mind that is not awake to discover what is true.Truth
8263Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.Miscellaneous
8210Margaret MeadWhat people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.Miscellaneous
8334Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)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.Miscellaneous
4391Abba EbanA statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.Politics
6916Jiddu KrishnamurtiLove is not a sentiment, not romanticism, not dependent on something, and that state is extremely arduous and difficult to understand, or to be in—because our minds are always interfering, limiting, encroaching upon its functioning. Therefore it is important to understand first the mind and its ways; otherwise we shall be caught in illusions, caught in words and sensations that have very little significance.Love
3959Steward L. UdallWe have, I fear, confused power with greatness.Power
2812Robert FrostDon't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.Destruction
8247Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)I have done one thing that I think is a contribution: I helped Buddhist science and modern science combine. No other Buddhist has done that. Other lamas, I don't think they ever pay attention to modern science. Since my childhood, I have a keen interest.Miscellaneous
8311Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human business, it is a question of human survival.Miscellaneous
4501Zsa Zsa GaborA man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished.Marriage
3670Viktor FranklSince Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake. Mankind
4542Ella FitzgeraldIt isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts.Miscellaneous
3943Arthur BaerAlimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.Marriage
8477Sam HarrisThe truth that we must finally confront is that Islam contains specific notions of martyrdom and jihad that fully explain the character of Muslim violence.Religion
8604Alfred KorzybskiThese 'philosophers', etc., seem unaware, to give a specific example, that by teaching and preaching 'identity', which is empirically non-existent in this actual world, they are neurologically training future generations in the pathological identifications found in the 'mentally' ill or maladjusted.Miscellaneous
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