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I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.
Rigor alone is paralytic death, but imagination alone is insanity.
BOUNDARY: In political geography, an imaginary line between two nations, separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary rights of another.
If we value our children, we must cherish their parents.
You can change your life with a simple shift of attention. But to make that simple shift, you have to find your heart. It's the only way. Accept yourself, then transcend yourself.
Our civilization seems to be suffering a second curse of Babel: Just as the human race builds a tower of knowledge that reaches to the heavens, we are stricken by a malady in which we find ourselves attempting to communicate with each other in countless tongues of scientific specialization... The only goal of science appeared to be analytical, i.e., the splitting up of reality into ever smaller units and the isolation of individual causal trains...We may state as characteristic of modern science that this scheme of isolable units acting in one-way causality has proven to be insufficient. Hence the appearance, in all fields of science, of notions like wholeness, holistic, organismic, gestalt, etc., which all signify that, in the last resort, we must think in terms of systems of elements in mutual interaction.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
My wife and I have an agreement. I don't try to run her life and I don't try to run mine.
Life is not a private affair. A story and its lessons are only made useful if shared.
Life is better than death, health is better than sickness, abundance is better than want, freedom is better than coercion, happiness is better than suffering, and knowledge is better than superstition and ignorance.
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
Lofty questions about the mind are fascinating to ask, philosophers have been asking them for three millennia both in India where I am from and here in the West - but it is only in the brain that we can eventually hope to find the answers.
How can we be “free” as conscious agents if everything that we consciously intend is caused by events in our brain that we do not intend and of which we are entirely unaware? We can’t.
Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
Listening Without Thought I do not know whether you have listened to a bird. To listen to something demands that your mind be quiet—not a mystical quietness, but just quietness. I am telling you something, and to listen to me you have to be quiet, not have all kinds of ideas buzzing in your mind. When you look at a flower, you look at it, not naming it, not classifying it, not saying that it belongs to a certain species—when you do these, you cease to look at it. Therefore, I am saying that it is one of the most difficult things to listen—to listen to the communist, to the socialist, to the congressman, to the capitalist, to anybody, to your wife, to your children, to your neighbor, to the bus conductor, to the bird—just to listen. It is only when you listen without the idea, without thought, that you are directly in contact; and being in contact, you will understand whether what he is saying is true or false; you do not have to discuss.
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.
I have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.
The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments.
That religion may have served some necessary function for us in the past does not preclude the possibility that it is now the greatest impediment to our building a global civilization.
These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I’m not downplaying that.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning to a friendship, and it is far the best ending to one.
Believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see.
We are beginning to play with ideas of ecology, and although we immediately trivialize these into commerce or politics, there is at least an impulse still in the human breast to unify and thereby sanctify the total natural world, of which we are.... There have been, and still are, in the world many different and even contrasting epistemologies which have been alike in stressing an ultimate unity, and, although this is less sure, which have also stressed the notion that ultimate unity is aesthetic. The uniformity of these views gives hope that perhaps the great authority of quantitative science may be insufficient to deny an ultimate unifying beauty. I hold to the presupposition that our loss of the sense of aesthetic unity was, quite simply, an epistemological mistake.
The more familiar I get with the universe, the less familiar I feel with myself.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
It's beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.
The louder he talks of honour, the faster we count our spoons.
There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.
If the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.
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.
The important fact of the present time is not the struggle between capitalism and socialism but the struggle between industrial civilization and humanity.
I will admit that virtue -- like everything else beautiful and great -- is nothing but an illusion. But if it were a shared illusion, if all men believed and wanted to be good, if they were compassionate, generous, high-minded, full of enthusiasm, in a word, if everyone were sensible (for I make no distinction between sensibility and what we call virtue), wouldn't people be happier?
If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide that proves they should value evidence. If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument would you invoke to prove they should value logic?
A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
You 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?
Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
PURITANISM: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
We are confronted with problems of organized complexity... organization runs through all levels of reality and science.
Statisticians tell us that people underestimate the sheer number of coincidences that are bound to happen in a world governed by chance.
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.
Consciousness surely does not depend on language. Babies, many animals, and patients robbed of speech by brain damage are not insensate robots; they have reactions like ours that indicate that someone's home.
People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that which they are not.
The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Man is born as a freak of nature, being within nature and yet transcending it. He has to find principles of action and decision making which replace the principles of instincts. he has to have a frame of orientation which permits him to organize a consistent picture of the world as a condition for consistent actions. He has to fight not only against the dangers of dying, starving, and being hurt, but also against another anger which is specifically human: that of becoming insane. In other words, he has to protect himself not only against the danger of losing his life but also against the danger of losing his mind.
The propensity to make strong emotional bonds to particular individuals [is] a basic component of human nature.
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
There has to be innate circuitry that does the learning, that creates the culture, that acquires the culture, and that responds to socialization.
CONSCIENCE: The inner voice that warns us that someone may be looking.
I 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.
Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
We're only as needy as our unmet needs.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. 
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. 
We find things that do not fit into familiar frameworks hard to understand – such things seem meaningless.
Love me when I least deserve it, because it's when I need it most.
We must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Real 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.
To be loved by whom you love is a great luck; to be loved by whom you don't love is an annoyance; not to be loved by whom you love is a misfortune; not to love and not to be loved, a risky situation.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
People often ask how I got interested in the brain; my rethorical answer is: 'How can anyone NOT be interested in it?' Everything you call 'human nature' and consciousness arises from it.
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
The boundary between neurology and psychiatry is becoming increasingly blurred, and its only a matter of time before psychiatry becomes just another branch of neurology.
There are many matters and many circumstances in which consciousness is undesirable and silence is golden, so that secrecy can be used as a marker to tell us that we are approaching the holy.
Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the self-reliance of every one of its members.
It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
You have to stay in shape. My mother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now and we have no idea where she is.
What we see depends on mainly what we look for.
Opposing reason is, by definition, unreasonable.
Bigamy: Marrying a pretty girl and a good cook !
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.
Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.
Always behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.
Poverty is the mother of crime.
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.
COMMAND: In computer science, a statement presented by a human and accepted by a computer in such a manner as to make the human feel as if he is in control.
How 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.
Man's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.
We social scientists would do well to hold back our eagerness to control that world which we so imperfectly understand. The fact of our imperfect understanding should not be allowed to feed our anxiety and so increase the need to control. Rather our studies could be inspired by a more ancient, but today less honoured, motive: a curiosity about the world of which we are part. The rewards of such work are not power but beauty.
If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.
People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that which what they are not.
La solitudine crea persone d'ingegno o idioti.
Whatever you might say the object "is", well it is not.
For one thing, before the 20th century, there were plenty of genocides. We tend to forget about them, partly because they weren't as well documented and partly because, until recently, people didn't care. We used euphemisms like 'sackings' and 'sieges' instead of calling them 'genocides.'
The anguish of death hangs over and leads the human spirit to wonder about the mysteries of existence, man's destiny, life, the world.
The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
According to a recent study of the brains of identical and fraternal twins, differences in the amount of gray matter in the frontal lobes are not only genetically influenced but are significantly correlated with differences in intelligence.
Our 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.
All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
What the neurology tells us is that the self consists of many components, and the notion of one unitary self may well be an illusion.
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