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2435George JacksonPatience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice.Cowardice
10192Ludwig von BertalanffyScientists, operating in the various disciplines, are encapsulated in their private universe, and it is difficult to get word from one cocoon to the other.Miscellaneous
5405George CarlinMore people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason.Religion
8196George H. MeadThe intelligence of the lower forms of animal life, like a great deal of human intelligence, does not involve a self.Miscellaneous
4220Olivia DresherWriting is the process of removing the outer wrapping to dive into the inner pool. The words on the pages -- the tangible aspect of them -- become the bridges between inner and outer, seen and unseen. How else can I reveal the worlds and worlds (and depths within depths) that I perceive?Writing
8016Dan MillmanUltimately, fear of failure generates a vicious circle that creates what is most feared. To break this cycle, you need to make peace with failure. It isn't enough to merely tolerate it; you need to appreciate the failure and use it ...Miscellaneous
8548Mark TwainClothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.Miscellaneous
4296George Bernard ShawThe unconscious self is the real genius. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self meddles with it.Unconscious
4194Antonio PorchiaWould there be this eternal seeking if the found existed?Miscellaneous
9876Gregory BatesonLogic cannot model causal systems, and paradox is generated when time is ignored [as in logic].Miscellaneous
10186Ludwig von BertalanffyWe find systems which by their very nature and definition are not closed systems. Every living organism is essentially an open system. It maintains itself in a continuous inflow and outflow, a building up and breaking down of components, never being, so long as it is alive, in a state of chemical and thermodynamic equilibrium but maintained in a so-called steady state which is distinct from the latter.Miscellaneous
2583VoltaireWe will leave this world stupid and evil as we have found it upon our arrival.Mankind
6893Jiddu KrishnamurtiWe want to make life permanent, but in doing so we go against nature, and there lies our pain. Only the mind which is always moving, without resting places and fixed ideas, can be in tune with life and therefore joyful.Life
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.
7798William James The first thing the intellect does with an object is to class it along with something else. But any object that is infinitely important to us and awakens our devotion feels to us also as if it must be sui generis and unique. Probably a crab would be filled with a sense of personal outrage if it could hear us class it without ado or apology as a crustacean, and thus dispose of it. "I am no such thing," it would say; "I am MYSELF, MYSELF alone.Miscellaneous
5069Robert DangoorWhen you lend money to a friend you usually lose your friend plus interest.Friendship
6080Carl RogersThe only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.Changing
4528Friedrich NietzscheSe entri mi fai onore; se non entri, un piacereHospitality
3241Galileo GalileiI do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. Religion
4929Jean-Jacques RousseauThe man accustomed to the ways of society is always outside himself and knows how to live only in the opinions of others. And it is, as it were, from their judgement alone that he draws the sentiment of his own existence.Society
8582Alfred KorzybskiAny organism must be treated as-a-whole; in other words, that an organism is not an algebraic sum, a linear function of its elements, but always more than that. It is seemingly little realized, at present, that this simple and innocent-looking statement involves a full structural revision of our language...Miscellaneous
8509Sam HarrisWhat would our world be like if we ceased to worry about 'right' and 'wrong,' or 'good' and 'evil,' and simply acted so as to maximize well-being, our own and that of others? Would we lose anything important?Ethics
8525Sam HarrisIf premarital sex is a sin, who is the victim?Religion
4326Peter DruckerTime is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.Management
4067Tallulah BankheadIt's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.Writing
8288Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.Miscellaneous
4013Mae WestI've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better.Richness
6039Jean-Paul SartreWords are loaded pistols.Writing
8226Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.Miscellaneous
6031Jean-Paul SartreFreedom is what you do with what's been done to you.Freedom
8282Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.Miscellaneous
7110Virginia WoolfNo passion is stronger in the breast of a man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high.Miscellaneous
9442Emil CioranOnly an idiot could think there is a point to any of this.Miscellaneous
2969Karl MarxThe philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point, however, is to change it.Philosophy
6739Albert CamusThe only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.Freedom
2217Henry FordObstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.Goals
3351MolièreIt is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.Responsibility
6756Clive JamesFiction is life with the dull bits left out.Miscellaneous
5869AnonymousConfidence is believing you are of value. Arrogance is believing you are more valuable than others.Self-esteem
8423AnonymousHappiness is a state of mind.Happiness
3048Robert Green IngersollIn nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences. Nature
2291Alessandro MorandottiSuccess is no proof about the quality of a workSuccess
4774Giovanni SorianoTo be conspicuous by one's absence and listened to by one's silence are two little masterpieces of vanity.Vanity
8547Mark TwainBooks are for people who wish they were somewhere else.Books
4201Antonio PorchiaThe fear of separation is all that unites.Human relations
4392Abba EbanHis ignorance is encyclopedic.Ignorance
4229Joseph JoubertGive me a morality that equally suits the healthy and the sick, men and women, children, adults, and old people.Morality
6281Karl PopperSpecialization may be a great temptation for the scientist. For the philosopher it is the mortal sin.Philosophy
4412W. C. FieldsI am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.Prejudice
8517Sam HarrisA person who believes that Elvis is still alive is very unlikely to get promoted to a position of great power and responsibility in our society. Neither will a person who believes that the holocaust was a hoax. But people who believe equally irrational things about God and the bible are now running our country. This is genuinely terrifying.Religion
10185Ludwig von BertalanffyProgress is only possible by passing from a state of undifferentiated wholeness to differentiation of parts.Miscellaneous
4542Ella FitzgeraldIt isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts.Miscellaneous
4798Charles F. Kettering The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.Changing
7101Erich FrommMan is born as a freak of nature, being within nature and yet transcending it. He has to find principles of action and decision making which replace the principles of instincts. he has to have a frame of orientation which permits him to organize a consistent picture of the world as a condition for consistent actions. He has to fight not only against the dangers of dying, starving, and being hurt, but also against another anger which is specifically human: that of becoming insane. In other words, he has to protect himself not only against the danger of losing his life but also against the danger of losing his mind.Psychology
8218Margaret MeadEvery time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.Men and Women
4512Edwin Way TealeThe difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.Beauty
3797Ralph PetersBeware, no matter his faith, the man who presumes to tell you what God wants.Religion
2173Oscar WildeMost people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.Conformism
2699Gaius PliniusAn object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.Possession
8546Daniel DennettThere is no polite way to suggest to someone that they have devoted their life to a folly.Religion
4247Joseph JoubertThrough memory we travel against time, through forgetfulness we follow its course.Time
5683Bruno CancellieriShake your mind before use.Psychology
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
7789William James As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.Beliefs
8485Sam HarrisTheology is ignorance with wings.Religion
3508Ashleigh BrilliantLife may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove.Life
5068Robert DangoorYou cannot buy happiness but you have to pay the price.Happiness
3788Mark TwainIt is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.Talking
2119Abraham LincolnAnd in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.Life
9868Gregory BatesonMultiple descriptions are better than one.Miscellaneous
2121Bruno CancellieriThe important thing is to know what is important.Wisdom
7994Dan MillmanChoice means giving up something you want for something else you want more.Miscellaneous
9203Bruno CancellieriEnvy is the hidden face of the sense of justice.Envy
6864Jiddu KrishnamurtiTruth is a pathless land.Truth
2306Jim ElliotThe man who will not act until he knows all will never act at all.Action
7787William James We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.Truth
2705John LubbockWhat we see depends on mainly what we look for.Perception
4104Oscar WildeLaughter is not at all a bad beginning to a friendship, and it is far the best ending to one.Friendship
7973Herbert SpencerCourage is worthy of respect when displayed in the maintenance of legitimate claims and in the repelling of aggressions, bodily or other. Courage is worthy of yet higher respect when danger is faced in defence of claims common to self and others, as in resistance to invasion. Courage is worthy of the highest respect when risk to life or limb is dared in defence of others.Courage
10274Theodore RooseveltSpeak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.Miscellaneous
7757William James The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.Wisdom
8236Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)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.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
4313Peter DruckerMaking good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.Management
5877Fran LebowitzIf you can stay in love for more than two years, you're on something.Love
2129Robert K. MertonIt must be remembered that necessity is only the mother of invention; socially accumulated knowledge is its father.Progress
6035Jean-Paul SartreHell is other people.Hell
4545Virginia WoolfHumor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.Humour
5876Fran LebowitzHaving been unpopular in high school is not a just cause for book publication.Books
9098AnonymousTrump can run for president with no political experience but I need a masters and 5 years experience for an entry level job.Politics
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
3982Victor BorgeLaughter is the shortest distance between two people.Laughing
4428Charles DarwinThere is no fundamental difference between man and the lower animals in their mental faculties... The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.Animals
6856Jiddu KrishnamurtiThe constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.Beliefs
4693Samuel JohnsonHope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness, of captivity, would, without this comfort, be insupportable.Hope
3407Johann W. von GoetheEnjoy when you can, and endure when you must.Life
3128StendhalAll religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.Religion
3275Albert EinsteinHe who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice.Militarism
2223Henry FordOne of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.Ability
6612Nathan SvensonPeople will remember not what you said but how you made them feel.Feelings
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