8440We 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.
4287Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.
4709CELEBRITY: One who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.
8312Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations,you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.
8596Identity is invariably false to facts.
2320Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
Good breedingGood breeding
6930Through a narrow window we can see only part of the sky, and not the whole vastness, the magnificence of it.
8305What surprises me most is “Man”, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present; The result being he doesn’t live in the present or the future; He lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.
7360Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.
4593Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.
5570When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.
7642I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
8249Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.
5512Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
2158If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
Man & AnimalsMan & Animals
4708CAT: A lapwarmer with a built-in buzzer.
8333A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.
5782The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won't get much sleep.
2253The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life.
10201The fact that a theory so vague, so insufficiently verifiable, and so far from the criteria otherwise applied in 'hard' science has become a dogma can only be explained on sociological grounds.
12573Modern theory is about objects lower than man; even stars, being common things, are lower than man.
8196The intelligence of the lower forms of animal life, like a great deal of human intelligence, does not involve a self.
5767Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.
2291Success is no proof about the quality of a work
2705What we see depends on mainly what we look for.
6312It is often asserted that discussion is only possible between people who have a common language and accept common basic assumptions. I think that this is a mistake. All that is needed is a readiness to learn from one's partner in the discussion, which includes a genuine wish to understand what he intends to say. If this readiness is there, the discussion will be the more fruitful the more the partner's backgrounds differ.
4752There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.
Life and DeathLife and Death
4257The old man, especially if he is in society, in the privacy of his thoughts, though he may protest the opposite, never stops believing that, through some singular exception of the universal rule, he can in some unknown and inexplicable way still make an impression on women.
8302Love is the absence of judgment.
10189If someone were to analyze current notions and fashionable catchwords, he would find "systems" high on the list. The concept has pervaded all fields of science and penetrated into popular thinking, jargon and mass media.
8640When you are finished changing, you are finished.
8448Our wills are simply not of our own making. Thoughts and intentions emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we exert no conscious control. We do not have the freedom we think we have.
3563History is the study of the world's crime.
7969Nothing exists for itself alone, but only in relation to other forms of life
8257Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
2293Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.
13806I am free and that is why I am lost.
2978There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.
4514There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.
4391A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.
13034We live in a world that is subjectively open. And we are designed by evolution to be "informavores", epistemically hungry seekers of information, in an endless quest to improve our purchase on the world, the better to make decisions about our subjectively open future.
4319Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.
13058Human beings are actually more closely related to the two species of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes, the familiar chimp, and Pan paniscus, the rare, smaller pygmy chimp or bonobo) than those chimpanzees are to the other apes.
Human natureHuman nature
4745ZEAL: A certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and inexperienced.
6304But I hold that he who teaches that not reason but love should rule opens up the way for those who rule by hate.
7925When we talk about emotion, we really talk about a collection of behaviors that are produced by the brain. You can look at a person in the throes of an emotion and observe changes in the face, in the body posture, in the coloration of the skin and so on.
13033Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable because it reverses the direction of tradition.
5071Students have no class
8577As words are not the things we speak about, and structure is the only link between them, structure becomes the only content of knowledge. If we gamble on verbal structures that have no observable empirical structures, such gambling can never give us any structural information about the world. Therefore such verbal structures are structurally obsolete, and if we believe in them, they induce delusions or other semantic disturbances.
8522All civilized nations must unite in condemnation of a theology that now threatens to destabilize much of the earth.
2691Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
10500If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.
8009Unless someone truly has the power to say no, they never truly have the power to say yes.
2177It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
7312I hate Disneyland. It primes our kids for Las Vegas.
7985Everyone tells you what's good for you. they don't want you to find your own answers. they want you to believe theirs.
6062I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.
13055Any theory that makes progress is bound to be initially counterintuitive.
9852Synaptic summation is the technical term used in neurophysiology for those instances in which some neuron C is fired only by a combination of neurons A and B.
5072You wouldn't be normal if you didn't react in an abnormal way.
8159A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
5946Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.
8347Nowadays, we are confronted by a huge gap between rich and poor. This is not only morally wrong, but practically a mistake. It leads to the rich living in anxiety and the poor living in frustration, which has the potential to lead to more violence. We have to work to reduce this gap. It's truly unfair that some people should have so much while others go hungry.
6280It might be well for all of us to remember that, while differing widely in the various little bits we know, in our infinite ignorance we are all equal.
13862A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.
3097Think like a man of action. Act like a man of thought.
2707War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.
4025Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.
9840Language 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).
6800When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.
5595Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
5070I'm looking at Sue. Sue's looking at Tom. Tom's looking at Kathy.
4290Economy is the art of making the most of life.
8268If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.
13404A falling tree makes more noise than a growing forest.
3713It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than "try to be a little kinder."
8214I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.
8450A puppet is free as long as he loves his strings.
3134Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.
8531Where 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.
9828Language commonly stresses only one side of any interaction.
3873Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
2327You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
3216It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.
6903When you love, you are not lonely. The sense of loneliness arises only when you are frightened of being alone and of not knowing what to do. When you are controlled by ideas, isolated by beliefs, then fear is inevitable; and when you are afraid, you are completely blind.
6855You 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.
6118It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
2169A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
13035The earth has grown a nervous system, and it's us.
4113I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
5333No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.
2951Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
8260The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
4167To be objective is to treat others as you treat an object, a corpse to behave with them like an undertaker.
2248A court common to all is swept by no one.
Public propertyPublic property
6313It seems to me certain that more people are killed out of righteous stupidity than out of wickedness.
9837There is a quasi-scientific fable that if you can get a frog to sit quietly in a saucepan of cold water, and if you then raise the temperature of the water very slowly and smoothly so that there is no moment marked to be the moment at which the frog should jump, he will never jump. He will get boiled. Is the human species changing its own environment with slowly increasing pollution and rotting its mind with slowly deteriorating religion and education in such a saucepan?
Human natureHuman nature
3085If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him
8512One 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.
8240Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.