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9513Emil CioranWe dread the future only when we are not sure we can kill ourselves when we want to.Suicide
9512Emil CioranI can be friends with people only when they are at their lowest point and have neither the desire nor the strength to restore their habitual sentimental illusions.Friendship
9442Emil CioranOnly an idiot could think there is a point to any of this.Miscellaneous
9437Emil CioranOnly the village idiot thinks they "belong",Miscellaneous
9436Emil CioranWhat do you do from morning to night? I endure myself.Miscellaneous
9435Emil CioranWrite books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone.Books
9434Emil CioranOnly optimists commit suicide, optimists who no longer succeed at being optimists. The others, having no reason to live, why would they have any to die?Suicide
9433Emil CioranIt is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.Suicide
9349Yuval Noah HarariReality is not confined to a single discipline.Reality
9203Bruno CancellieriEnvy is the hidden face of the sense of justice.Envy
9098AnonymousTrump can run for president with no political experience but I need a masters and 5 years experience for an entry level job.Politics
8951SenecaLuck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.Luck
8949AnonymousEducation Is what remains after you have forgotten everything you learned in school.Miscellaneous
8885Don FreemanWe need to stop looking to politicians to make our world better. Politicians don't make the world a better place. Everything that's ever made the world a better place has come from inventors, engineers, scientists, teachers, artists, builders, philosophers, healers, and people that choose love over hate.Politics
8838BanksyArt should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.Art
8772Edgar MorinThe anguish of death hangs over and leads the human spirit to wonder about the mysteries of existence, man's destiny, life, the world.Miscellaneous
8771Edgar MorinThe certainty of death and the uncertainty of the hour of death is a source of grief throughout our life.Miscellaneous
8770Edgar MorinToday, the fundamental global objective of all education aspiring not only to progress but to the survival of humanity is to Civilize and Unify the Earth and Transform the human species into genuine humanity The education of the future should teach an ethics of planetary understanding.Miscellaneous
5726Bruno CancellieriNormal people never tell what they really think. Only fools do it. That's why there is more reality in fiction than in normal conversations.Truth
8640Benjamin FranklinWhen you are finished changing, you are finished.Changing
8623Alfred KorzybskiOur rulers, who rule our symbols, and so rule a symbolic class of life, impose their own infantilism on our instituitions, educational methods, and doctrines. This leads to maladjustment of the incoming generations which, being born into, are forced to develop under the un-natural (for man) semantic conditions imposed on them. In turn, they produce leaders afflicted with the old animalistic limitations. The vicious circle is completed; it results in a general state of human un-sanity, reflected again in our instituitions. And so it goes, on and on.Miscellaneous
8622Alfred KorzybskiThe present non-aristotelian system is based on fundamental negative premises; namely, the complete denial of 'identity.'Miscellaneous
8621Alfred KorzybskiIt is now no mystery that some quite influential 'philosophers' were 'mentally' ill.Miscellaneous
8620Alfred KorzybskiHe who learns and learns and yet does not know what he knows, is one who plows and plows yet never sows.Miscellaneous
8619Alfred KorzybskiAny object of thought is both 'more than what we think, and different'.Miscellaneous
8618Alfred KorzybskiPsycho-galvanic experiments show clearly that every emotion or thought is always connected with some electrical current.Miscellaneous
8617Alfred KorzybskiWhatever you say it is, is simply what YOU SAY it is.Miscellaneous
8616Alfred KorzybskiWhatever you might say the object "is", well it is not.Miscellaneous
8615Alfred KorzybskiSecond order effects, such as belief in belief, makes fanaticism.Miscellaneous
8614Alfred KorzybskiIdentification makes general sanity and complete adjustment impossible. Training in non-identity plays a therapeutic role with adults.Miscellaneous
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
8612Alfred KorzybskiI care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.Miscellaneous
8611Alfred KorzybskiIgnorance is no excuse once we know that ignorance is the only possible excuse.Miscellaneous
8610Alfred Korzybski... the fallacy of attributing to one cause what is due to many causes.Miscellaneous
8609Alfred KorzybskiAny proposition containing the word "is" creates a linguistic structural confusion which will eventually give birth to serious fallacies.Miscellaneous
8608Alfred KorzybskiLet us repeat the two crucial negative premises as established firmly by all human experience: (1) Words are not the things we are speaking about; and (2) There is no such thing as an object in absolute isolation.Miscellaneous
8607Alfred KorzybskiOne would have to say "in the end everything is a gag, etc" because everything is infinitely more than just a gag. The same applies to other "is"-statements such as "Laughter is an instant vacation"Miscellaneous
8606Milton BerleLaughter is an instant vacation.Humour
8605Alfred KorzybskiDifferent ‘philosophies’ represent nothing but methods of evaluation, which may lead to empirical mis-evaluation if science and empirical facts are disregarded.Miscellaneous
8604Alfred KorzybskiThese 'philosophers', etc., seem unaware, to give a specific example, that by teaching and preaching 'identity', which is empirically non-existent in this actual world, they are neurologically training future generations in the pathological identifications found in the 'mentally' ill or maladjusted.Miscellaneous
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
8602Alfred KorzybskiWhat we call progress consists in coordinating ideas with realities.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
8600Alfred KorzybskiI 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.Miscellaneous
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
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
8597Alfred KorzybskiI think therefore I seem to be.Miscellaneous
8596Alfred KorzybskiIdentity is invariably false to facts.Miscellaneous
8595Alfred KorzybskiI 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.Miscellaneous
8593AnonymousGod may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't. Miscellaneous
8592Alfred KorzybskiThus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words. Miscellaneous
8591Alfred KorzybskiIf a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures. Miscellaneous
8590Alfred KorzybskiLet us imagine that the aboriginal-original human specimen was one of two brother apes, A and B; they were alike in every respect; both were animal space-binders; but something strange happened to B; he became the first time-binder, a human. … He had thus a new faculty, he belonged to a new dimension; but, of course, he did not realize it; and because he had this new capacity he was able to analyze his brother "A"; he observed "A is my brother; he is an animal; but he is my brother; therefore, I AM AN ANIMAL." This fatal first conclusion, reached by false analogy, by neglecting a fact, has been the chief source of human woe for half a million years and it still survives. … He [then] said to himself, "If I am an animal there is also in me something higher, a spark of some thing supernatural."Miscellaneous
8589Alfred KorzybskiHumans can be literally poisoned by false ideas and false teachings. Many people have a just horror at the thought of putting poison into tea or coffee, but seem unable to realize that, when they teach false ideas and false doctrines, they are poisoning the time-binding capacity of their fellow men and women. One has to stop and think! There is nothing mystical about the fact that ideas and words are energies which powerfully affect the physico-chemical base of our time-binding activities. Humans are thus made untrue to "human nature." … The conception of man as a mixture of animal and supernatural has for ages kept human beings under the deadly spell of the suggestion that, animal selfishness and animal greediness are their essential character, and the spell has operated to suppress their REAL HUMAN NATURE and to prevent it from expressing itself naturally and freely.Miscellaneous
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
8587Alfred KorzybskiSuch as contribute most to human progress and human enlightenment — men like Gutenberg, Copernicus, Newton, Leibnitz, Watts, Franklin, Mendeleieff, Pasteur, Sklodowska-Curie, Edison, Steinmetz, Loeb, Dewey, Keyser, Whitehead, Russell, Poincaré, William Benjamin Smith, Gibbs, Einstein, and many others — consume no more bread than the simplest of their fellow mortals. Indeed such men are often in want. How many a genius has perished inarticulate because unable to stand the strain of social conditions where animal standards prevail and "survival of the fittest" means, not survival of the "fittest in time-binding capacity," but survival of the strongest in ruthlessness and guile — in space-binding competition!Miscellaneous
8586Alfred KorzybskiThere is a fundamental confusion between the notion of the older 'semantics' as connected with a theory of verbal 'meaning' and words defined by words, and the present theory of 'general semantics' where we deal only with neuro-semantic and neuro-linguistic living reactions of Smith, Smith, etc., as their reactions to neuro-semantic and neuro-linguistic environments as environments.Miscellaneous
8585Alfred KorzybskiThe only link between the verbal and objective world is exclusively structural, necessitating the conclusion that the only content of all "knowledge" is structural. Now structure can be considered as a complex of relations, and ultimately as multi-dimensional order. From this point of view, all language can be considered as names for unspeakable entities on the objective level, be it things or feelings, or as names of relations. In fact... we find that an object represents an abstraction of a low order produced by our nervous system as the result of a sub-microscopic events acting as stimuli upon the nervous system.Miscellaneous
8584Alfred Korzybski"Say whatever you choose about the object, and whatever you might say is not it." Or, in other words? "Whatever you might say the object "is", well it is not." This negative statement is final, because it is negative.Miscellaneous
8583Alfred KorzybskiThe map is not the territory … The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map...Miscellaneous
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
8581Alfred KorzybskiIf we, who live outside asylums, act as if we lived in a fictitious world- that is to say, if we are consistent with our beliefs- we cannot adjust ourselves to actual conditions, and so fall into many avoidable semantic difficulties. But the so-called normal person practically never abides by his beliefs, and when his beliefs are building for him a fictitious world, he saves his neck by not abiding by them. A so-called "insane" person acts upon his beliefs, and so cannot adjust himself to a world which is quite different from his fancy.Miscellaneous
8580Alfred KorzybskiTwo important characteristics of maps should be noticed. A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness.Miscellaneous
8579Alfred KorzybskiTo use words to sense reality is like going with a lamp to search for darkness.Miscellaneous
8578Alfred KorzybskiIt seems evident that everything which exists in nature, is natural, no matter how simple or complicated a phenomenon it is; and on no occasion can the so-called 'supernatural' be anything else than a completely natural law, though it may, at the moment, be above and beyond the present understanding.Miscellaneous
8577Alfred KorzybskiAs words are not the things we speak about, and structure is the only link between them, structure becomes the only content of knowledge. If we gamble on verbal structures that have no observable empirical structures, such gambling can never give us any structural information about the world. Therefore such verbal structures are structurally obsolete, and if we believe in them, they induce delusions or other semantic disturbances.Miscellaneous
8576Alfred KorzybskiThere are two ways to slice easily thorugh life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.Miscellaneous
8575Alfred KorzybskiA person does what he does because he sees the world as he sees it.Miscellaneous
8574Alfred KorzybskiWe see what we see because we miss all the finer details.Miscellaneous
8573Alfred KorzybskiWho rules our symbols, rules us.Miscellaneous
8572Alfred KorzybskiWords don't mean, people mean.Miscellaneous
8571Alfred KorzybskiIf words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory, then, obviously, the only possible link between the objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure, and structure alone.Miscellaneous
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
8569Alfred KorzybskiThe map is not the territory... The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map...Miscellaneous
8568Alfred KorzybskiIf all people learned to think in the non Aristotelian manner of quantum mechanics, the world would change so radically that most of what we call "stupidity" and even a great deal of what we consider "insanity" might disappear, and the "intractable" problems of war, poverty and injustice would suddenly seem a great deal closer to solution.Miscellaneous
8558Mark TwainEducation: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.Miscellaneous
8557Mark TwainYou believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?Religion
8556Mark TwainName the greatest of all inventors. Accident.Miscellaneous
8555Mark TwainI've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.Miscellaneous
8554Mark TwainEveryone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.Miscellaneous
8553Mark TwainIf you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.Journalism
8552Mark TwainWhen I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.Miscellaneous
8551William HarwoodThe difference between faith and insanity is that faith is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence, whereas insanity is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence.Faith
8550Richard DawkinsDo not ever tell a child 'you belong to this religion'. This is child abuse.Religion
8549Christopher HitchensWhat can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.
Religion
8548Mark TwainClothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.Miscellaneous
8547Mark TwainBooks are for people who wish they were somewhere else.Books
8546Daniel DennettThere is no polite way to suggest to someone that they have devoted their life to a folly.Religion
8545Mark TwainI do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.Death
8544Mark TwainNever allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.Miscellaneous
8543Mark TwainIn a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.Books
8542Mark TwainNever tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.Truth
8541Mark TwainThe man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.Reading
8540Mark TwainIt's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.Stupidity
8538Sam HarrisIt 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).Religion
8537Sam HarrisAs a man believes, so he will act.Religion
8536Sam HarrisTheology is now little more than a branch of human ignorance.Religion
8535Sam HarrisThe faith of religion is belief on insufficient evidence.Religion
8534Sam HarrisThe problem of human suffering is never too much rational thinking, or too high a demand for evidence. But the solutions are. ... Reason is nothing less than the guardian of love.Religion
8533Sam HarrisThe position of the Muslim community in the face of all provocations seems to be: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn't, we will kill you.Religion
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