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4513Thomas S. EliotIn my end is my beginning.Life
3050Hubert H. HumphreyTo err is human. To blame someone else is politics.Politics
3741George Bernard ShawThe more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.Shame
2668Albert EinsteinNot everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.Wisdom
6813Judy GarlandThere have been times when I have deliberately tried to take my life... I think I must have been crying for some attention.Attention
4092H. H. Munro (Saki)A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.Perfection
4235Joseph JoubertTo seek wisdom rather than truth. It is more within our grasp.Wisdom
4668John LennonTime you enjoy wasting, was not wasted. Time
4185Emil CioranThe only profitable conversations are with enthusiasts who have ceased being so, with the ex-naïve. Calmed down at last, they have taken, willy-nilly, the decisive step toward knowledge, that impersonal version of disappointment.Knowledge
6897Jiddu KrishnamurtiThe demand to be safe in relationship inevitably breeds sorrow and fear. This seeking for security is inviting insecurity. Have you ever found security in any of your relationships? Have you? Most of us want the security of loving and being loved, but is there love when each one of us is seeking his own security, his own particular path? We are not loved because we don't know how to love.Love
8579Alfred KorzybskiTo use words to sense reality is like going with a lamp to search for darkness.Miscellaneous
8207Margaret MeadMan's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.Mankind
8547Mark TwainBooks are for people who wish they were somewhere else.Books
5755AnonymousWhen I'm right no one remembers, when I'm wrong no one forgets.Miscellaneous
3045John LockeThe actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. Action
3873Mark TwainDo the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.Fear
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
4435Ignazio SiloneLiberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility

of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social, and even political.
Freedom
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
2855Benjamin FranklinWhatever is begun in anger ends in shame.Anger
4115Oscar WildeI never put off till tomorrow what I can do the day after.Time
4166Emil CioranOnly what you hide is profound, is true.Truth
4012Benjamin FranklinWell done is better than well said.Action
8285Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals the secret of some hidden treasure.Miscellaneous
8358Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I am happy when good things happen to other people, billions more chances to be happy!Miscellaneous
2183Sam LevensonIt's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite.Wisdom
6907Jiddu KrishnamurtiThere are those who don’t believe in God and yet do good. There are those who believe in God and kill for that belief; those who prepare for war because they claim they want peace, and so on. So one has to ask oneself what need there is to believe at all in anything, though this doesn’t deny the extraordinary mystery of life. But belief is a word, a thought, and this is not the thing, anymore than your name is actually you. Through experience you hope to touch the truth of your belief, to prove it to yourself, but this belief conditions your experience. It isn’t that the experience comes to prove the belief, but rather that the belief begets the experience. Your belief in God will give you the experience of what you call God. You will always experience what you believe and nothing else.Experience
3891Thomas S. EliotHalf of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.Mankind
6866Jiddu KrishnamurtiBut if one observes, one will see that the body has its own intelligence; it requires a great deal of intelligence to observe the intelligence of the body.Intelligence
8467Sam HarrisNearly 230 million Americans believe that a book showing neither unity of style nor internal consistency was authored by an omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent deity.Religion
4175Emil CioranOld age, after all, is merely the punishment for having lived.Ageing
2909Thomas JeffersonAn honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. Politics
5870AnonymousGreat people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, small people talk about other people.Miscellaneous
8250Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.Miscellaneous
2129Robert K. MertonIt must be remembered that necessity is only the mother of invention; socially accumulated knowledge is its father.Progress
8351Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Non-violence means dialogue, using our language, the human language. Dialogue means compromise; respecting each other’s rights; in the spirit of reconciliation there is a real solution to conflict and disagreement. There is no hundred percent winner, no hundred percent loser—not that way but half-and-half. That is the practical way, the only way.Miscellaneous
8370Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)There is nothing I can't live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.Miscellaneous
4017Arnold H. GlasowThe fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.Opinions
4747Emil CioranWe must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.Reading
2800AnonymousBigamy: Marrying a pretty girl and a good cook !Marriage
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
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
3606Chinese proverbHe who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.Knowledge
3797Ralph PetersBeware, no matter his faith, the man who presumes to tell you what God wants.Religion
3089Carl RogersThe only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn...and change.Education
4321Peter DruckerBusiness, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.Business
6930Jiddu KrishnamurtiThrough a narrow window we can see only part of the sky, and not the whole vastness, the magnificence of it.Perception
5048Rudyard KiplingTake everything seriously, except yourselvesMiscellaneous
2661Saul BellowA great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.Illusion
3253Will RogersYou can't say civilization isn't advancing, in every war they kill you in a new way.Civilization
6636Fyodor DostoevskyNothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.Truth
6942Jiddu KrishnamurtiTruth is not something that can be followed; it has to be discovered. You cannot find truth through any book or through any accumulation of experience.Truth
3585Evan GuayIf you fear failure, you shall never succeed.Failure
4204Antonio PorchiaThe harm that I have not done, what harm it has done!Harm
6516Thomas CarlyleWith stupidity and sound digestion man may front much.Stupidity
2996Winston ChurchillStudy history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.History
5032Ludwig FeuerbachMan created God in his own imageReligion
4314Peter DruckerEfficiency is doing better what is already being done.Efficiency
3382Lewis CarrollBegin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.Miscellaneous
8524Sam HarrisThe problem is that religion tends to give people bad reasons to be good.Religion
7962Paul BrocaWe are permitted to suppose that the relatively small size of the female brain depends in part upon her physical inferiority and in part upon her intellectual inferiority.Mind
8484Sam HarrisIt is taboo in our society to criticize a persons religious faith... these taboos are offensive, deeply unreasonable, but worse than that, they are getting people killed. This is really my concern. My concern is that our religions, the diversity of our religious doctrines, is going to get us killed. I'm worried that our religious discourse- our religious beliefs are ultimately incompatible with civilization.Religion
4190Emil CioranNeither mystics nor saints need eyes; they don't look at the world. Their heart is their eye.Mysticism
6305Karl PopperThere is no history of mankind, there is only an indefinite number of histories of all kinds of aspects of human life. And one of these is the history of political power. This is elevated into the history of the world. But this, I hold, is an offence against every decent conception of mankind.History
2887VoltaireIf God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.Religion
8262Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.Miscellaneous
6484Abraham H. MaslowThe child needs an organized world rather than an unorganized or unstructured one.Psychology
4228Joseph JoubertAre you listening to the ones who keep quiet?Listening
8498Sam HarrisIndeed, religion allows people to imagine that their concerns are moral when they are highly immoral - that is, when pressing these concerns inflicts unnecessary and appalling suffering on innocent human beings. This explains why Christians like yourself expend more "moral" energy opposing abortion than fighting genocide. It explains why you are more concerned about human embryos than about the lifesaving promise of stem-cell research. And it explains why you can preach against condom use in sub-Saharan Africa while millions die from AIDS there each year.Religion
8289Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.Miscellaneous
6850Jiddu KrishnamurtiFreedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.Love
4096Oscar WildeDisobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.Disobedience
3059John F. KennedyThe time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.Miscellaneous
6803Dale CarnegieSpeakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.Attention
9435Emil CioranWrite books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone.Books
5130George CarlinI went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose. Miscellaneous
6040Jean-Paul SartreAs far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.Miscellaneous
8359Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)True change is within; leave the outside as it is.Miscellaneous
2836AnonymousAdvertising - the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.Advertising
6514Thomas CarlyleA witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures.Miscellaneous
6859Jiddu KrishnamurtiPassion is a rather frightening thing because if you have passion you don't know where it will take you.Passion
2279Woody AllenThe lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won't get much sleep.Miscellaneous
2144AnonymousIntegrity - When you do the right thing even though no one is watching.Morality
2646George Bernard ShawThere is no sincerer love than the love of food.Love
4644Emil KrotkyMediocrity is forgiven more easily than talent.Mediocrity
2158Mark TwainIf 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 & Animals
5607Michelangelo BuonarrotiThe greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.Goals
7994Dan MillmanChoice means giving up something you want for something else you want more.Miscellaneous
3084Karla KubanWithout darkness there are no dreams. Dreaming
5871Fran LebowitzRomantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw.Love
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
7792William James The exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess sucess is our national disease.Success
8284Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.Miscellaneous
5131George CarlinI would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood.Religion
4704Ambrose BierceBOUNDARY: In political geography, an imaginary line between two nations, separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary rights of another.Politics
6892Jiddu KrishnamurtiBeyond all explanations which a good brain can give, why do we choose the worse and not the better, why hate rather than love, why greed and not generosity, why self-centred activity and not open total action? Why be mean when there are soaring mountains and flashing streams? Why jealousy and not love? Why?Miscellaneous
3523Augustine BirrellIs this true or only clever? Truth
2195Erich FrommIf a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism.Love
8447Sam HarrisA true spiritual practitioner is someone who has discovered that it is possible to be at ease in the world for no reason, if only for a few moments at a time, and that such ease is synonymous with transcending the apparent boundaries of the self.Religion
4292George Bernard ShawIn a stupid nation the man of genius becomes a god: everybody worships him and nobody does his will.Genius
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