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7986Dan MillmanLife comes at us in waves. We can't predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf.Miscellaneous
3948Jewish ProverbIf the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.Money
3191Thomas S. EliotHumor is also a way of saying something serious.Humour
2909Thomas JeffersonAn honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. Politics
7970Herbert SpencerOpinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.Mind
4178Emil CioranFor life is a vice: the greatest one of all.
Life
5006Piero ScaruffiPeople tend to talk about what people tend to talk about.Conversation
4419Angie PapadakisA leader who keeps his ear to the ground allows his rear end to become a target.Leadership
5948Alan GreenspanI know you think you understand what you thought I said but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.Miscellaneous
6923Jiddu KrishnamurtiFreedom from the known is death, and then you are living.Life and Death
5405George CarlinMore people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason.Religion
2328AnonymousA beautiful woman is a paradise to the eyes and a curse to the purse.Women
8298Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.Miscellaneous
6492Abraham H. Maslow...love is not synonymous with sex. Sex may be studied as a purely physiological need. Ordinarily sexual behavior is multi-determined, that is to say, determined not only by sexual but also by other needs, chief among which are the love and affection needs. Also not to be overlooked is the fact that the love needs involve both giving and receiving love.Psychology
6488Abraham H. Maslow..the average child in our society generally prefers a safe, orderly, predictable, organized world, which he can count on, and in which unexpected, unmanageable or other dangerous things do not happen, and in which, in any case, he has all-powerful parents who protect and shield him from harm.Psychology
4649Vladimir LeninA lie told often enough becomes the truth. Truth
2822Peggy DuganIf you don't like being alone, you may not like the person you're with.Solitude
4250Giacomo LeopardiReal misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.Misanthropy
4188Emil CioranTo fear is to die every minute.Fear
4324Peter DruckerCompany cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got.Management
5575Steve JobsNo one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.Miscellaneous
7109H. G. WellsNature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.Intelligence
3836Oliver Wendell HolmesThe mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.Bigotry
2317George CarlinA lady came up to me on the street, pointed at my suede jacket and said, "Don't you know a cow was murdered for that jacket?" I said "I didn't know there were any witnesses. Now I'll have to kill you too".Humour
2719AnonymousEtc.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.Knowledge
3059John F. KennedyThe time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.Miscellaneous
8475Sam HarrisMahavira, the Jain patriarch, surpassed the morality of the Bible with a single sentence: Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being. Imagine how different our world might be if the Bible contained this as its central precept.Religion
3943Arthur BaerAlimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.Marriage
7958Vilayanur RamachandranThe boundary between neurology and psychiatry is becoming increasingly blurred, and its only a matter of time before psychiatry becomes just another branch of neurology.Mind
8321Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.Miscellaneous
2374Michel de MontaigneWe can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.Wisdom
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
8488Sam HarrisThe moral truth here is obvious: anyone who feels that the interests of a blastocyst just might supersede the interests of a child with a spinal cord injury has had his moral sense blinded by religious metaphysics.Religion
6928Jiddu Krishnamurtiit is very important, while you are young, to be real revolutionaries—which means not accepting anything, but inquiring into all these things to find out what is true. Only then can you create a new world.Revolutions
3598Robin WilliamsGod gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time.Sex
4343Carl Gustav JungThinking is difficult, so most of us judge.Thinking
2678Gail GodwinGood teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.Teaching
8613Alfred KorzybskiWhatever we may say will not be the objective level, which remains fundamentally un-speakable. Thus, we can sit on the object called 'a chair', but we cannot sit on the noise we made or the name we applied to that object.Miscellaneous
8036Dan MillmanThe hours of your life are the most valuable currency you will ever have. How will you spend them?Miscellaneous
8610Alfred Korzybski... the fallacy of attributing to one cause what is due to many causes.Miscellaneous
3982Victor BorgeLaughter is the shortest distance between two people.Laughing
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
4498Oscar WildeA man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.Love
8317Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.Miscellaneous
2967Al CaponeYou can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.Crime
8218Margaret MeadEvery time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.Men and Women
8521Sam HarrisWe must continually remind ourselves that there is a difference between what is natural and what is actually good for us.Miscellaneous
7945Vilayanur RamachandranWhat the neurology tells us is that the self consists of many components, and the notion of one unitary self may well be an illusion.Mind
8596Alfred KorzybskiIdentity is invariably false to facts.Miscellaneous
6072Albert EinsteinLet’s not pretend that things will change if we keep doing the same things. A crisis can be a real blessing to any person, to any nation. For all crises bring progress. Creativity is born from anguish, just like the day is born form the dark night. It’s in crisis that inventiveness is born, as well as discoveries made and big strategies. He who overcomes crisis, overcomes himself, without getting overcome. He who blames his failure to a crisis neglects his own talent and is more interested in problems than in solutions. Incompetence is the true crisis. The greatest inconvenience of people and nations is the laziness with which they attempt to find the solutions to their problems. There’s no challenge without a crisis. Without challenges, life becomes a routine, a slow agony. There’s no merit without crisis. It’s in the crisis where we can show the very best in us. Without a crisis, any wind becomes a tender touch. To speak about a crisis is to promote it. Not to speak about it is to exalt conformism. Let us work hard instead. Let us stop, once and for all, the menacing crisis that represents the tragedy of not being willing to overcome it. Miscellaneous
6047Jean-Paul SartreMy thought is me: that is why I cannot stop thinking. I exist because I think I cannot keep from thinking.Thinking
4545Virginia WoolfHumor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.Humour
3475Immanuel KantScience is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.Wisdom
8328Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.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
7261Spider RobinsonShared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased — thus do we refute entropy.Sharing
8599Alfred KorzybskiThe objective level is not words, and cannot be reached by words alone. We must point our finger and be silent, or we will never reach this level.Miscellaneous
4401Johann W. von GoetheIn nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.Nature
3386AnonymousMy wife and I have an agreement. I don't try to run her life and I don't try to run mine.Marriage
3889Thomas JeffersonThe tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.Education
8030Dan MillmanYou're a prisoner of your own illusions - about yourself and about the world.Miscellaneous
2555Mark TwainWagner's music is better than it sounds.Music
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
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
2246Caskie StinnettA diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.Diplomacy
2679Ingmar BergmanI hope I never get so old I get religious.Ageing
3439Winston ChurchillA lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.Lying
4704Ambrose BierceBOUNDARY: In political geography, an imaginary line between two nations, separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary rights of another.Politics
8224Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.Miscellaneous
4322Peter DruckerThe most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.Communication
8486Sam HarrisIf something good happens to a Christian—he feels some bliss while praying, or he sees some positive change his life—we're told that God is good. But when children by the tens of thousands are torn from their parents’ arms and drowned, we are told god is mysterious. Religion
7763William James The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.Miscellaneous
5011Piero ScaruffiAt times I want to be found.Miscellaneous
8507Sam HarrisThis is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own.Religion
8526Sam HarrisThere must be right and wrong answers to questions of morality and values that potentially fall within the purview of science. On this view, some people and cultures will be right (to a greater or lesser degree), and some will be wrong, with respect to what they deem important in life.Religion
4328Peter DruckerThere is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.Management
2182Henry FordThe man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.Economy
8196George H. MeadThe intelligence of the lower forms of animal life, like a great deal of human intelligence, does not involve a self.Miscellaneous
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
8508Sam Harris We are faced with the task of convincing a myth infatuated world that love and curiosity are sufficient and you don't have to delude yourself and frighten yourself with Iron Age fairy tales. This is a monumental task. I don't think there is an intellectual struggle more worthy of our efforts.Religion
4265Giacomo LeopardiThe period of enthusiasm, heat, and agitated imagination is not right [for poetic creation]; indeed it works against it. One needs a time of intensity, but tranquil intensity, a time of real genius rather than real excitement . . . , an impression of past or future or habitual emotion rather than its actual presence -- one could say its twilight rather than its bright noon. Often the best moment occurs when, the feeling and impulse being over, the mind though calm surges up again after the storm, as it were, to pleasurably recall the past sensation.Poetry
4169Emil CioranIn a work of psychiatry, only the patients' remarks interest me; in a work of criticism, only the quotations.Miscellaneous
3127Lord ChesterfieldPoliticians neither love nor hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them.Feelings
5137George CarlinSome people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that. Work
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
2458R. Alec MacKenzieNothing is easier than being busy - and nothing more difficult than being effective.Effectiveness
8253Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)An open heart is an open mind.Miscellaneous
2799Frank ZappaWithout deviation, progress is not possible.Progress
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
3266Oswald AveryWhenever you fall, pick something up.Failure
7777William James Good-humor is a philosophic state of mind; it seems to say to Nature that we take her no more seriously than she takes us. I maintain that one should always talk of philosophy with a smile.Humour
6912Jiddu KrishnamurtiIt rained last night heavily, and now the skies are beginning to clear; it is a new fresh day. Let us meet that fresh day as if it were the only day. Let us start on our journey together with all the remembrance of yesterday left behind—and begin to understand ourselves for the first time.Miscellaneous
7927Antonio DamasioMore may have been learned about the brain and the mind in the 1990s - the so-called decade of the brain - than during the entire previous history of psychology and neuroscience.Mind
2324Peter DruckerDoing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.Work
8771Edgar MorinThe certainty of death and the uncertainty of the hour of death is a source of grief throughout our life.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
6798Richard MossThe greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.Attention
2630Henry Louis MenckenThe truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure." Doubting
3774Daniel Patrick MoynihanEveryone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts.Facts
8262Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.Miscellaneous
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