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8308Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.Miscellaneous
2463AnonymousA theologian is like a blind man in a dark room searching for a black cat which isn't there - and finding it! Religion
8588Alfred KorzybskiTo regard human beings as tools — as instruments — for the use of other human beings is not only unscientific but it is repugnant, stupid and short sighted. Tools are made by man but have not the autonomy of their maker — they have not man's time-binding capacity for initiation, for self-direction, and self-improvement.Miscellaneous
2453William JamesWhenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.Perception
6656Bill NyeThe process of testing claims is called science. Now, If you have a claim that can't be tested thats what we call pseudo-science. The difference between pseudo-science and science is whether or not you can test it.Science
8014Dan MillmanCarry your groceries, garden, and do other activities that keep you moving. You will add more years to your life and more life to your years.Miscellaneous
5694Sir Isaac NewtonI can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.Madness
2312Bjarne StroustrupC makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do, it blows away your whole leg.Information technology
6860Jiddu KrishnamurtiTo understand life is to understand ourselves, and that is both the beginning and the end of education.Education
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
4232Joseph JoubertGod is the place where I do not remember the rest.God
7998Dan MillmanThe time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.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
6743Albert CamusDo not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.Miscellaneous
6082Carl RogersI believe it will have become evident why, for me, adjectives such as happy, contented, blissful, enjoyable, do not seem quite appropriate to any general description of this process I have called the good life, even though the person in this process would experience each one of these at the appropriate times. But adjectives which seem more generally fitting are adjectives such as enriching, exciting, rewarding, challenging, meaningful. This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-fainthearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one's potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life. Yet the deeply exciting thing about human beings is that when the individual is inwardly free, he chooses as the good life this process of becoming.Happiness
7990Dan MillmanYour fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.Miscellaneous
2799Frank ZappaWithout deviation, progress is not possible.Progress
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
8438Sam HarrisChristians have abused, oppressed, enslaved, insulted, tormented, tortured, and killed people in the name of God for centuries, on the basis of a thelogically defensible reading of the Bible.Religion
2521Chinese ProverbYou cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.Sorrow
9876Gregory BatesonLogic cannot model causal systems, and paradox is generated when time is ignored [as in logic].Miscellaneous
3305Martin Luther KingOur lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.Indifference
9203Bruno CancellieriEnvy is the hidden face of the sense of justice.Envy
8210Margaret MeadWhat people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.Miscellaneous
7942Vilayanur RamachandranYour conscious life is an elaborate after-the-fact rationalization of things you really do for other reasons.Mind
9845Gregory BatesonMoney is always transitively valued. More money is supposedly always better than less money.Miscellaneous
8363Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.Love
8556Mark TwainName the greatest of all inventors. Accident.Miscellaneous
3391Bertrand RussellWork is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first is unpleasant and ill-paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.Work
8292Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.Miscellaneous
4901Patrick MurrayThe trouble with the Internet is that it's replacing masturbation as a leisure activity.Internet
5600Luc de VauvenarguesThere are those who are so scrupulously afraid of doing wrong that they seldom venture to do anything.Fear
3266Oswald AveryWhenever you fall, pick something up.Failure
2469Henny YoungmanMy Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.Jokes
2167Albert EinsteinTechnological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.Technology
8355Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.Miscellaneous
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
4208Antonio PorchiaYou wound and you will wound again. Because you wound and then you go away. You do not stay with the wound.Miscellaneous
7948Vilayanur RamachandranGreat art allows you to transcend your mortal frame and to reach for the stars. I think great science does the same thing.Science
5932Carl Gustav JungUntil you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.Unconscious
9846Gregory BatesonAll experience is subjective.Miscellaneous
8007Dan MillmanIf you desire to dig a well to reach water, your efforts are more fruitful if you dig one 100-foot-deep hole than if you dig ten holes each 10 feet deep.Miscellaneous
8527Sam HarrisIt is difficult to imagine a set of beliefs more suggestive of mental illness than those that lie at the heart of many of our religious traditions.Religion
2159Erich FrommIf faith cannot be reconciled with rational thinking, it has to be eliminated as an anachronistic remnant of earlier stages of culture and replaced by science dealing with facts and theories which are intelligible and can be validated.Faith
7782William James Philosophy is an unusually stubborn attempt to think clearly.Philosophy
2668Albert EinsteinNot everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.Wisdom
4257Giacomo LeopardiThe 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.Vanity
3445George EliotOur deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.Personality
4999Piero ScaruffiDemagogy leads to bigger disasters than the ones it promised to prevent.Politics
6290Karl PopperI think so badly of philosophy that I don't like to talk about it. ... I do not want to say anything bad about my dear colleagues, but the profession of teacher of philosophy is a ridiculous one. We don't need a thousand of trained, and badly trained, philosophers — it is very silly. Actually most of them have nothing to say.Philosophy
3161Mark TwainGet your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.Deception
7955Vilayanur RamachandranLofty questions about the mind are fascinating to ask, philosophers have been asking them for three millennia both in India where I am from and here in the West - but it is only in the brain that we can eventually hope to find the answers.Mind
2251Erich FrommIf it were not for hopes, the heart would break.Hope
6514Thomas CarlyleA witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures.Miscellaneous
6621AnonymousThe masses are the opium of religion.Religion
9912Jacques MonodBiology occupies a position among the sciences at once marginal and central. Marginal because -- the living world constituting but a tiny and very "special" part of the universe -- it does not seem likely that the study of living beings will ever uncover general laws applicable outside the biosphere. But if the ultimate aim of the whole of science is indeed, as I believe, to clarify man's relationship to the universe, then biology must be accorded a central position.Miscellaneous
6034Jean-Paul SartreWe do not judge the people we love.Judging
8275Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.Miscellaneous
2765Andre MauroisWe owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity--- romantic love and gunpowder.Middle Ages
5601ChanakyaAs soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.Fear
5878Fran LebowitzMy favorite animal is steak.Food
4170Emil CioranI feel I am free but I know I am not.Freedom
9871Gregory BatesonCreative thought must always contain a random component.Miscellaneous
2148AnonymousBlessed are they who can laugh at themselves... for they will never cease to be amused.Laughing
7774William James If you can change your mind, you can change your life.Mind
3004Friedrich NietzscheIn individuals madness is a rarity, but in groups, parties, peoples it is the rule.Madness
5771Woody AllenTime is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.Time
7976Herbert SpencerThe wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.Future
4768Pat CondellThe word "heretic" comes from the Greek word "hereticos", meaning "able to choose" - which pretty much says it all, don't you think?Religion
8302Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Love is the absence of judgment.Miscellaneous
6493Abraham H. MaslowWhat a man can be, he must be.Psychology
3624George Matthew AdamsThere is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our
character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
Education
3966Mark TwainIn religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.Beliefs
4429Erasmus DarwinHe who allows oppression, shares the crime.Crime
8496Sam HarrisHuman well-being is not a random phenomenon. It depends on many factors - ranging from genetics and neurobiology to sociology and economics. But, clearly, there are scientific truths to be known about how we can flourish in this world. Wherever we can have an impact on the well-being of others, questions of morality apply.Ethics
8523Sam HarrisFor nearly a century, the moral relativism of science has given faith-based religion--that great engine of ignorance and bigotry--a nearly uncontested claim to being the only universal framework for moral wisdom. As a result, the most powerful societies on earth spend their time debating issues like gay marriage when they should be focused on problems like nuclear proliferation, genocide, energy security, climate change, poverty, and failing schools.Religion
7764William James Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.Faith
3189Winston ChurchillIt's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.Miscellaneous
4734AnonymousPROFESSOR: A person whose job is to tell students how to solve the problems of life he avoided by becoming a professor. Teaching
2213Carl Gustav JungThe shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. Human differences
8027Dan MillmanEnergy follows thought; we move toward, but not beyond, what we can imagine. What we assume, expect, or believe creates and colors our experience. By expanding our deepest beliefs about what is possible, we change our experience of life.Miscellaneous
6314Karl PopperAlways remember that it is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood: there will always be some who misunderstand you.Understanding
8266Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.Miscellaneous
9874Gregory BatesonEvolution has long been badly taught. In particular, students - and even professional biologists - acquire theories of evolution without any deep understanding of what problem these theories attempt to solve. They learn but little of the evolution of evolutionary theory.Miscellaneous
6315Karl PopperOur aim as scientists is objective truth; more truth, more interesting truth, more intelligible truth. We cannot reasonably aim at certainty. Once we realize that human knowledge is fallible, we realize also that we can never be completely certain that we have not made a mistake.Truth
8504Sam HarrisFaith, if it is ever right about anything, is right by accident.Religion
4236Joseph JoubertThought forms in the soul in the same way clouds form in the air.Thinking
3846Johann W. von GoetheThere is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.Taste
9841Gregory BatesonWe are most of us governed by epistemologies that we know to be wrong.Miscellaneous
4794Peter DruckerOne cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it.Changing
2354John D. RockefellerA friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.Friendship
4715AnonymousCOMMAND: In computer science, a statement presented by a human and accepted by a computer in such a manner as to make the human feel as if he is in control.Computer
4711AnonymousCHEF: Any cook who swears in French. Cooking
4326Peter DruckerTime is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.Management
8045Gregg HenriquesSomeone is being judgmental when their judgments are power-driven, unempathetic, based on their own idiosyncratic values or tastes, overly based on other people’s character, and are closed, shallow, and pessimistic, and ultimately have the consequence of making the other person feel problematically diminished.Judging
8466Sam HarrisFundamentalism is only a problem if the fundamentals are a problem.Religion
4774Giovanni SorianoTo be conspicuous by one's absence and listened to by one's silence are two little masterpieces of vanity.Vanity
4215Olivia DresherI write because it’s a sort of meditation, and my only superficial peace. Writing takes me to the point where I can harmonize with what is disturbing.Writing
3439Winston ChurchillA lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.Lying
4795Anatole FranceAll changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another.Changing
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