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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, small people talk about other people.
Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.
An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.
If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
Special-interest publications should realize that if they are attracting enough advertising and readers to make a profit, the interest is not so special.
The philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point, however, is to change it.
In strong wind, even turkeys can fly.
Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various editions of them.
Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.
Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Il miglior combattente non è mai arrabbiato.
Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
the question is not how to get rid of fear, but how to awaken the intelligence with which to face and to understand and go beyond fear.
Multiple descriptions are better than one.
You 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".
We dread the future only when we are not sure we can kill ourselves when we want to.
I am the same kind of moron as the rest of you, it's the method that does the work, for me as well as for you.
From the cradle to the grave, each individual pays for the sin of not being God.
There is no such thing as a disembodied mind. The mind is implanted in the brain, and the brain is implanted in the body.
It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than "try to be a little kinder."
Whether you believe in God or not does not matter much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much; as a Buddhist, whether you believe in reincarnation or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life.
Before you can see the Light, you have to deal with the darkness.
Every man has reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone but only his friends. He has other matters in his mind which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.
There is no path to Happiness. Happiness is the path. There is no path to Love. Love is the path. There is no path to Peace. Peace is the path.
Most wars are not fought over shortages of resources such as food and water, but rather over conquest, revenge, and ideology.
I want to make clear only that words are not the things spoken about, and that there is no such thing as an object in absolute isolation.
Isn't it odd, that people like to fight for their religion but unwillingly live after its prescriptions.


Love is a state of being, and in that state, the 'me', with its identifications, anxieties, and possessions is absent. Love cannot be, as long as the activities of the self, of the 'me', whether conscious or unconscious, continue to exist.
Time is nature's way of making sure everything doesn't happen at once.
Do not go where the path may lead; instead go where there is no path and leave a trail.
Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness, of captivity, would, without this comfort, be insupportable.
What do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me.
The sad truth is the truth is sad.
Never lend books -- nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me. 
Every person who knows how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, to multiply the ways in which they exist, to make life full, significant, and interesting.
Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.
If we are uncritical we shall always find what we want: we shall look for, and find, confirmations, and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might be dangerous to our pet theories. In this way it is only too easy to obtain what appears to be overwhelming evidence in favor of a theory which, if approached critically, would have been refuted.
We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
Countries 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.
It's hard for decent people to stay angry at someone who has burst into tears, which is why it is often a good idea to burst into tears if a decent person is yelling at you.
But 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.
You 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.
Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.
More 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.
Democracy is an imperfect way of steering between the violence of anarchy and the violence of tyranny, with the least violence you can get away with.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. 
Melancholy: when we have sorrows without a name.
Life itself is just a thin coat of paint on the planet, and we hold the paintbrush.
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
Life is a series of moments. The quality of attention and action that we bring to each moment determines the quality of our lives.
No one wants to die. Even people that wanna go to heaven don't wanna die to ge there.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
The big print giveth and the small print taketh away.
Great souls have wills; feeble souls have wishes.
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves to be like other people.
Theology is ignorance with wings.
Etc.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.
Human 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.
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
The beauty of a face is not a separate quality but a relation or proportion of qualities to each other.
By learning which manipulations achieve which goals, humans have mastered the art of the surprise attack. They use novel, goal-oriented courses of action to overcome the Maginot Line defenses of other organisms, which can respond only over evolutionary time. The manipulations can be novel because human knowledge is not just couched in concrete instructions like 'how to catch a rabbit.' Humans analyze the world using intuitive theories of objects, forces, paths, places, manners, states, substances, hidden biochemical essences, and, for other animals and people, beliefs and desires. . . . People compose new knowledge and plans by mentally playing out combinatorial interactions among these laws in their mind's eye.
Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won't report it. The thief spends less than my wife.
Much more than our other needs and endeavors, it is sexuality that puts us on an even footing with our kind: the more we practice it, the more we become like everyone else: it is in the performance of a reputedly bestial function that we prove our status as citizens: nothing is more public than the sexual act.
If the myth of pure evil is that evil is committed with the intention of causing harm and an absence of moral considerations, then it applies to very few acts of so-called 'pure evil' because most evildoers believe what they are doing is forgivable or justifiable.
It is also true that the less competent a person is in a given domain, the more he will tend to overestimate his abilities. This often produces an ugly marriage of confidence and ignorance that is very difficult to correct for.
The past isn't dead. It isn't even past.
Better to be disliked than pitied.
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
The real danger, I think, is not that machines more intelligent than we are will usurp our role as captains of our destinies, but that we will over-estimate the comprehension of our latest thinking tools, prematurely ceding authority to them far beyond their competence.
The fundamental biological variant is DNA. That is why Mendel's definition of the gene as the unvarying bearer of hereditary traits, its chemical identification by Avery (confirmed by Hershey), and the elucidation by Watson and Crick of the structural basis of its replicative invariance, are without any doubt the most important discoveries ever made in biology. To this must be added the theory of natural selection, whose certainty and full significance were established only by those later theories.
Evolutionary psychology was the organizing framework—the source of “explanatory adequacy” or a “theory of the computation”—that the science of psychology had been missing. Like vision and language, our emotions and cognitive faculties are complex, useful, and nonrandomly organized, which means that they must be a product of the only physical process capable of generating complex, useful, nonrandom organization, namely, natural selection. An appeal to evolution was already implicit in the metatheoretical directives of Marr and Chomsky, with their appeal to the function of a mental faculty, and evolutionary psychology simply shows how to apply that logic to the rest of the mind.
The human psyche, like human bones, is strongly inclined towards self-healing.
What I have tried to show is that the scientific attitude implies what I call the postulate of objectivity - that is to say, the fundamental postulate that there is no plan, that there is no intention in the universe.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him
If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.
Religion, like love and music, is natural. But so are smoking, war, and death.
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
There is a time for politeness and there is a time when you are obliged to be rude.
The shape of the response must meet the shape of the trouble.
The problem with religion, because it's been sheltered from criticism, is that it allows people to believe en masse what only idiots or lunatics could believe in isolation.
I 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. 
Life is not a private affair. A story and its lessons are only made useful if shared.
The art of photography is all about directing the attention of the viewer.
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.
Lord, if I can't be skinny, please let all my friends be fat.
It was even possible for the most venerated patriarchs of the Church, like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, to conclude that heretics should be tortured (Augustine) or killed outright (Aquinas).
You can be highly concentrated on a person, on a problem, and be so good at excluding all other material that that becomes not just the focus of your experience, but practically the sole content of your experience, everything else falling by the wayside.
He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
Well you say that it's gospel, | But I know that it's only church.
It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.
We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.
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