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9828Gregory BatesonLanguage commonly stresses only one side of any interaction.Language
2177Winston ChurchillIt 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.Quotations
6303Karl PopperNo rational argument will have a rational effect on a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude.Rationality
8230Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.Miscellaneous
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
4402Johann W. von GoetheDoubt grows with knowledge.Doubting
4998Piero ScaruffiIntelligence is not about knowing the answers but about asking the questions.Intelligence
6489Abraham H. MaslowOther broader aspects of the attempt to seek safety and stability in the world are seen in the very common preference for familiar rather than unfamiliar things, or for the known rather than the unknown. The tendency to have some religion or world-philosophy that organizes the universe and the men in it into some sort of satisfactorily coherent, meaningful whole is also in part motivated by safety-seeking. Here too we may list science and philosophy in general as partially motivated by the safety needs....Psychology
4409Leo TolstoyIf every man could act as he chose, the whole of history would be a tissue of disconnected accidents.History
8197George H. MeadNo very sharp line can be drawn between social psychology and individual psychology.Miscellaneous
3253Will RogersYou can't say civilization isn't advancing, in every war they kill you in a new way.Civilization
2552Jerry SeinfieldSometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.Conformism
8460Sam HarrisAs an atheist, I am angry that we live in a society in which the plain truth cannot be spoken without offending 90% of the population.Atheism
8243Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.Miscellaneous
8601Alfred KorzybskiIt is a fallacy of the old schools to divide man into parcels, elements, thoughts, emotions, intuitions, etc. All human faculties consist of an interconnected whole.Miscellaneous
5688AnonymousBefore solving a problem, make sure you've got the right problem.Problem solving
10240Yuval Noah HarariMoney is the most universal and most efficient system of mutual trust ever devised.Miscellaneous
4183Emil CioranThat faint light in each of us which dates back to before our birth, to before all births, is what must be protected if we want to rejoin that remote glory from which we shall never know why we were separated.Miscellaneous
5603Sir Isaac NewtonNo great discovery was ever made without a bold guess” - Invention
7929Antonio DamasioConsciousness, much like our feelings, is based on a representation of the body and how it changes when reacting to certain stimuli. Self-image would be unthinkable without this representation.Mind
3512PlatoGood people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. Law
6281Karl PopperSpecialization may be a great temptation for the scientist. For the philosopher it is the mortal sin.Philosophy
7761William James Truth lives, in fact, for the most part on a credit system. Our thoughts and beliefs pass, so long as nothing challenges them, just as bank-notes pass so long as nobody refuses them.Truth
6280Karl PopperIt 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. Ignorance
5131George CarlinI would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood.Religion
4232Joseph JoubertGod is the place where I do not remember the rest.God
2661Saul BellowA great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.Illusion
4173Emil CioranFrom the cradle to the grave, each individual pays for the sin of not being God.God
6302Karl PopperWe should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.Tolerance
8570Alfred KorzybskiMan's achievements rest upon the use of symbols.... we must consider ourselves as a symbolic, semantic class of life, and those who rule the symbols, rule us.Miscellaneous
4773Giovanni SorianoNo one is really alone in this world: everyone has its own god, its own sorrow or its own pride keeping company.Solitude
8511Sam HarrisHow can we encourage other human beings to extend their moral sympathies beyond a narrow locus? How can we learn to become mere human beings, shorn of any more compelling national, ethnic, or religious identity? We can be reasonable. It is in the very nature of reason to fuse cognitive and moral horizons. Reason is nothing less than the guardian of love.Miscellaneous
2324Peter DruckerDoing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.Work
6180Mark TwainThere are only two types of speakers in the world, the nervous and the liar.Talking
7564William ShakespeareAll the worlds a stage, | And all the men and women merely players: | They have their exits, and their entrances; |And one man in his time plays many parts.Playing
5048Rudyard KiplingTake everything seriously, except yourselvesMiscellaneous
2459Ralph Waldo EmersonWe aim above the mark to hit the mark. Aiming
2969Karl MarxThe philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point, however, is to change it.Philosophy
4424Mark TwainKeep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.Ambition
2593Erich FrommTo hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.Hope
4313Peter DruckerMaking good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.Management
3854Galileo GalileiMathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.Mathematics
5782Woody AllenThe lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won't get much sleep.Humour
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
4434Victor HugoAn invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.Ideas
2469Henny YoungmanMy Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.Jokes
6514Thomas CarlyleA witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures.Miscellaneous
7755William James Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.Miscellaneous
6307Karl PopperWe all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell. Only if we give up our authoritarian attitude in the realm of opinion, only if we establish the attitude of give and take, of readiness to learn from other people, can we hope to control acts of violence inspired by piety and duty.Religion
9905Jacques MonodChance alone is at the source of all novelty, all creation in the biosphere.Miscellaneous
6282Karl PopperAll things living are in search of a better world. Miscellaneous
6814Ray LeBlondYou learn something every day if you pay attention.Attention
3433Jane AddamsI do not believe that women are better than men. We have not wrecked railroads, nor corrupted legislature, nor done many unholy things that men have done; but then we must remember that we have not had the chance.Women
8598Alfred KorzybskiIt is amusing to discover, in the twentieth century, that the quarrels between two lovers, two mathematicians, two nations, two economic systems, usually assumed insoluble in a finite period should exhibit one mechanism, the semantic mechanism of identification - the discovery of which makes universal agreement possible, in mathematics and in life.Miscellaneous
6301Karl PopperUnlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. Tolerance
6805AnonymousThere is nothing so pathetic as a bore who claims attention - and gets itAttention
5079Randy PauschExperience is what you get when you don't get what you want.Experience
8838BanksyArt should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.Art
8510Sam HarrisThe habit of spending nearly every waking moment lost in thought leaves us at the mercy of whatever our thoughts happen to be. Meditation is a way of breaking this spell.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
3774Daniel Patrick MoynihanEveryone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts.Facts
7967Charles DarwinThe love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.Love
8472Sam HarrisWe are all prisoners of our thoughts.Thinking
4225Joseph JoubertWe are in the world as words are in a book. Each generation is like a line, a phrase.Generations
4713Ambrose BierceCHRISTIAN: One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbors.Religion
7749William James Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.Miscellaneous
3122Italian proverbTell me what you are reading and I will tell you who you are.Reading
4296George Bernard ShawThe unconscious self is the real genius. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self meddles with it.Unconscious
5694Sir Isaac NewtonI can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.Madness
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
3488Fiedrich HegelThe only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.History
8013Dan MillmanMoney is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving.Miscellaneous
6030Jean-Paul SartreIf you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company.Solitude
4218Olivia DresherWho would I want to read my journal? An insightful, compassionate voyeur, perhaps. Or, maybe I'm secretly writing to/for the god I wish existed, the god I longed for during my childhood and teenage years... Or, I’m writing to that part of myself (and all of us) that can forgive. As if true and original writing makes forgiveness natural.Writing
5111Bruno CancellieriMan is the most dangerous animal.Mankind
5946Arthur SchopenhauerMan can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.Freedom
2669AnonymousThe goal of marriage is not to think alike but to think together.Marriage
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
8039Dan MillmanIf we agree on everything, only one of us is necessary.Miscellaneous
2116Henry FordCapital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.Punishment
8336Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.Miscellaneous
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
2933Gloria LeonardThe difference between pornography and erotica is lighting.Sex
2374Michel de MontaigneWe can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.Wisdom
8603Alfred KorzybskiThe map is not the territory, the word is not the thing it describes. Whenever the map is confused with the territory, a 'semantic disturbance' is set up in the organism. The disturbance continues until the limitation of the map is recognized.Miscellaneous
3508Ashleigh BrilliantLife may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove.Life
7312Tom WaitsI hate Disneyland. It primes our kids for Las Vegas.Miscellaneous
4214Olivia DresherThe only place where I can go into my own world is in my journal. Everywhere else is the place where I go into the world of others.Writing
3473Geoffrey C. WardJournalism is merely history's first draft.Journalism
8034Dan MillmanChoice means saying no to one thing so you can say yes to another.Miscellaneous
2114Bertrand RussellA marriage is likely to be called happy if neither party ever expected to get much happiness out of it.Marriage
8194George H. MeadTo be interested in the public good we must be disinterested, that is, not interested in goods in which our personal selves are wrapped up.Miscellaneous
2235AnonymousLearning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them.Knowledge
3641Oscar WildeMarriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.Marriage
6411Robert James Waller The old dreams were good dreams; they didn't work out but I'm glad I had them.Dreaming
6310Karl PopperOur knowledge can be only finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.Ignorance
2708John Charles SalakFailures are divided into two classes--those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.Failure
4396Johann W. von GoetheEverybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.Growing
9901Jacques MonodThe future of mankind is going to be decided within the next two generations, and there are two absolute requisites: We must aim at a stable-state society [with limited population growth] and the destruction of nuclear stockpiles. … Otherwise I don't see how we can survive much later than 2050.Miscellaneous
4264Giacomo LeopardiMan (like the other animals) is not born to enjoy life, but only to perpetuate life, to communicate it to others who come after, to conserve it. Neither he himself, nor life, nor any object of this world is actually made for him, but, on the contrary, he exists completely for life. Terrifying, but a true proposition of all metaphysics.Mankind
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