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God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
Someone is being judgmental when their judgments are power-driven, unempathetic, based on their own idiosyncratic values or tastes, overly based on other people’s character, and are closed, shallow, and pessimistic, and ultimately have the consequence of making the other person feel problematically diminished.
I don't know what makes you so dumb, but it works!
Man lives in a world of meaning.
The process of testing claims is called science. Now, If you have a claim that can't be tested thats what we call pseudo-science. The difference between pseudo-science and science is whether or not you can test it.
Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.
The mechanism of primary emotions does not describe the full range of emotional behaviors. They are, to be sure, the basic mechanism. However, I believe that in terms of an individual's development they are followed by mechanisms of secondary emotions, which occur once we begin experiencing feelings and forming systematic connections between categories of objects and situations, on the one hand, and primary emotions, on the other.
If you analyze well your most poetic impressions and imaginings -- the ones that most exalt you and pull you outside of yourself and of the real world -- you would find that they and the pleasure they cause (at least after childhood) consist totally or chiefly in remembrance.
A rationalist, as I use the word, is a man who attempts to reach decisions by argument and perhaps, in certain cases, by compromise, rather than by violence. He is a man who would rather be unsuccessful in convincing another man by argument than successful in crushing him by force, by intimidation and threats, or even by persuasive propaganda.
When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.
No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
No one wants to die. Even people that wanna go to heaven don't wanna die to ge there.
Life has become better, and no one seems to know about it.
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.
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
Talking nonsense is man's only privilege that distinguishes him from all other organisms.
A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
The only good in man is his young feelings and his old thoughts.
Never lend books -- nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me. 
Tyranny destroys or strengthens the individual; freedom enervates him, until he becomes no more than a puppet. Man has more chances of saving himself by hell than by paradise.
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.
Tell me what you are reading and I will tell you who you are.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting.
To me, body and mind are different aspects of specific biological processes.
People are not clones in a monoculture, so what satisfies one will frustrate another, and the only way they can end up equal is if they are treated unequally.
Indeed, religion allows people to imagine that their concerns are moral when they are highly immoral - that is, when pressing these concerns inflicts unnecessary and appalling suffering on innocent human beings. This explains why Christians like yourself expend more "moral" energy opposing abortion than fighting genocide. It explains why you are more concerned about human embryos than about the lifesaving promise of stem-cell research. And it explains why you can preach against condom use in sub-Saharan Africa while millions die from AIDS there each year.
We have Christians against Muslims against Jews, and no matter how liberal your theology, merely identifying yourself as a Christian or a Jew lends tacit validity to this status quo. People have morally identified with a subset of humanity rather than with humanity as a whole.
I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.
The problem is that religion tends to give people bad reasons to be good.
There is a growing movement called Humanism, which promotes a non-supernatural basis for meaning and ethics: good without God.
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves... for they will never cease to be amused.
My God, I have almost never believed in you, and yet I have always loved you.
History is made by historians. No event becomes a historic event unless historians turn it into one.
A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
To be authentic literally means to be your own author.
The romantic contrast between modern industry that “destroys nature” and our ancestors who “lived in harmony with nature” is groundless. Long before the Industrial Revolution, Homo sapiens held the record among all organisms for driving the most plant and animal species to their extinctions. We have the dubious distinction of being the deadliest species in the annals of life.
CONSCIENCE: The inner voice that warns us that someone may be looking.
Grant me patience, O Lord, but hurry!
More than any other time in history, mankind now faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Anything that makes it easier to imagine trading places with someone else increases your moral consideration for that other person.
We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.
The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today.
For 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.
People today sometimes get uncomfortable with empirical claims that seem to clash with their political assumptions, often because they haven't given much thought to the connections.
We are not thinking machines that feel; rather, we are feeling machines that think.
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.
Agnostics are people who, like myself, confess themselves to be hopelessly ignorant concerning a variety of matters, about which metaphysicians and theologians, both orthodox and heterodox, dogmatize with the utmost confidence.
When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
One cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it.
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
In strong wind, even turkeys can fly.
The function of the nervous system is to bring each part into harmonious co-operation with every other.
We are permitted to suppose that the relatively small size of the female brain depends in part upon her physical inferiority and in part upon her intellectual inferiority.
Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.
Unless someone truly has the power to say no, they never truly have the power to say yes.
What we see depends on mainly what we look for.
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
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.
If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.
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.
All civilized nations must unite in condemnation of a theology that now threatens to destabilize much of the earth.
Food is an important part of a balanced diet.
Some 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.
If 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.
We do not know enough about how the present will lead into the future.
He who learns and learns and yet does not know what he knows, is one who plows and plows yet never sows.
When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.
If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.
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".
Intelligence is essentially the ability to solve the problems of present behavior in terms of its possible future consequences as implicated on the basis of past experience-the ability, that is, to solve the problems of present behavior in the light of, or by reference to, both the past and the future; it involves both memory and foresight.
You wound and you will wound again. Because you wound and then you go away. You do not stay with the wound.
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
Always remember that it is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood: there will always be some who misunderstand you.
640K ought to be enough for anybody.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.
Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
Philosophy is an unusually stubborn attempt to think clearly.
There is a time for politeness and there is a time when you are obliged to be rude.
Man (like the other animals) is not born to enjoy life, but only to perpetuate life, to communicate it to others who come after, to conserve it. Neither he himself, nor life, nor any object of this world is actually made for him, but, on the contrary, he exists completely for life. Terrifying, but a true proposition of all metaphysics.
The propensity to make strong emotional bonds to particular individuals [is] a basic component of human nature.
We must continually remind ourselves that there is a difference between what is natural and what is actually good for us.
Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.
Theology is now little more than a branch of human ignorance.
Without deviation, progress is not possible.
Desired substance, things, patterns, or sequences of experience that are in some sense "good" for the organism - items of diet, conditions of life, temperature, entertainment, sex, and so forth - are never such that more of the something is always better than less of the something. Rather, for all objects and experiences, there is a quantity that has optimum value. Above that quantity, the variable becomes toxic. To fall below that value is to be deprived.
I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood.
Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.
When you attach a label make sure it can come off because things can change.
Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.
But the myth of power is, of course, a very powerful myth, and probably most people in this world more or less believe in it. It is a myth, which, if everybody believes in it, becomes to that extent self-validating. But it is still epistemological lunacy and leads inevitably to various sorts of disaster.
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem in my opinion to characterize our age.
If those few truly worthy men who seek glory were to know, one by one, the people who make up that public by which the seeker of glory strives with a thousand hardships to be esteemed, it is believable that they would grow cold in their endeavor or perhaps abandon it altogether.
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