When you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last.
It is your attitude more than your aptitude that will determine your altitude!
The map is not the territory (coined by Alfred Korzybski), and the name is not the thing named.
Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won't report it. The thief spends less than my wife.
VACATION: Time off to remind employees that the business can get along without them.
What the artist tries to do (either consciously or unconsciously) is to not only capture the essence of something but also to amplify it in order to more powerfully activate the same neural mechanisms that would be activated by the original object.
All God's children are not beautiful. Most of God's children are, in fact, barely presentable.
Death is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and takes away his desires along with desire's rewards. Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of all pleasures while allowing his appetites to remain, and it brings with it every possible sorrow. Yet men fear death and desire old age.
The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.
The gratest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
Imagery is not past but present. It rests with what we call our mental processes to place these images in a temporal order.
Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.
I’m a nobody, nobody is perfect, therefore I’m perfect.
The beauty of reason is that it can always be applied to understand failures of reason.
One of the great problems of philosophy is the relationship between the realm of knowledge and the realm of values. Knowledge is what is; values are what ought to be.
There have been times when I have deliberately tried to take my life... I think I must have been crying for some attention.
Love consists of overestimating the differences between one woman and another.
Photography is a kind of virtual reality, and it helps if you can create the illusion of being in an interesting world.
Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.
The only profitable conversations are with enthusiasts who have ceased being so, with the ex-naïve. Calmed down at last, they have taken, willy-nilly, the decisive step toward knowledge, that impersonal version of disappointment.
A court common to all is swept by no one.
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It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
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Who will tell whether one happy moment of love, or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies?
There is a correlation between economic inequality and personal violence. The explanation for the correlation isn't completely clear; there are a number of possibilities.
Not only is there no God, but try finding a plumber on Sunday.
Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.
The interests of an economically dominant class never stand naked. They are enshrouded in the flag, fortified by the law, protected by the police, nurtured by the media, taught by the schools, and blessed by the church.
In truth, there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.
The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won't get much sleep.
Remember your math: an anecdote is not a trend.
He who learns and learns and yet does not know what he knows, is one who plows and plows yet never sows.
Play the music, not the instrument.
Governments want efficient technicians, not human beings, because human beings become dangerous to governments – and to organized religions as well. That is why governments and religious organizations seek to control education.
Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.
The aim of development must be neither producerism not consumerism, but the satisfaction of fundamental human needs, which are not only needs of humanity.
A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
One of the perks of being a psychologist is access to tools that allow you to carry out the injunction to know thyself.
People have long assumed that violence is necessary for political change. Rulers never cede power voluntarily, the argument goes, so progressives have no choice but to contemplate the use of force to bring about a better world, mindful of the trade-off between a small amount of violence now and acceptance of an unjust status quo indefinitely.
A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.
It is rather more noble to help people purely out of concern for their suffering than it is to help them because you think the Creator of the Universe wants you to do it, or will reward you for doing it, or will punish you for not doing it. The problem with this linkage between religion and morality is that it gives people bad reasons to help other human beings when good reasons are available.
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.
If you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.
Not a single one of the cells that compose you knows who you are, or cares.
The child needs an organized world rather than an unorganized or unstructured one.
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
Love can surmount any obstacle, except the one that marks its end.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity
I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
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Other 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....
Freedom 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.
We will be the last generation to have witnessed life without the Internet.
When we talk about emotion, we really talk about a collection of behaviors that are produced by the brain. You can look at a person in the throes of an emotion and observe changes in the face, in the body posture, in the coloration of the skin and so on.
The earth is not my home, I'm just passing by
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Integrity - When you do the right thing even though no one is watching.
The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.
The secret to humor is surprise.
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
My favorite thing is to go where I've never been.
But I hold that he who teaches that not reason but love should rule opens up the way for those who rule by hate.
Man is the creature who does not know what to desire, and he turns to others in order to make up his mind. We desire what others desire because we imitate their desires.
If 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.
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.
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Success is no proof about the quality of a work
Nothing captures the biological argument better than the famous New Age slogan: ‘Happiness begins within.’ Money, social status, plastic surgery, beautiful houses, powerful positions – none of these will bring you happiness. Lasting happiness comes only from serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.
We dread the future only when we are not sure we can kill ourselves when we want to.
Happiness is a state of mind.
Near me nothing but distances.
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For life is a vice: the greatest one of all.
What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.
When you are finished changing, you are finished.
It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.
If someone is too tired to give you a smile, leave one of your own, because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give.
The world is not something separate from you and me; the world, society, is the relationship that we establish or seek to establish between each other. So you and I are the problem, and not the world, because the world is the projection of ourselves, and to understand the world we must understand ourselves. That world is not separate from us; we are the world, and our problems are the world's problems.
Activity is the only road to knowledge.
You've got to have a map: to know where you came from, where you are, where you want to be, and how to get there.
I'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member.
The 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.
All things living are in search of a better world.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Only that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying.
You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
I will help you to approach if you approach, and to keep away if you keep away.
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It is not too much to say that in the extreme development the chance to reason of most men is destroyed, as rationality increases and its locus, its control, is moved from the individual to the big-scale organization.
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The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
By exposing the absence of purpose in the laws governing the universe, science forces us to take responsibility for the welfare of ourselves, our species, and our planet.
The only thing that permits human beings to collaborate with one another in a truly open-ended way is their willingness to have their beliefs modified by new facts. Only openness to evidence and argument will secure a common world for us.
He who does not fill his world with phantoms remains alone.
Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
Don't find fault, find a remedy.
If at first you don't succeed, remove all evidence you ever tried.
We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition.
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The purpose of our lives is to be happy.