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Not only is there no God, but try finding a plumber on Sunday.
I don't know what makes you so dumb, but it works!
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing.
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Women are meant to be loved....not to be understood.
Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.
I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you've propbably misunderstood what I've said.
The individual has to awaken his intelligence, not through any form of discipline, resistance, compulsion, coercion, but through freedom.
If I were to give a prize for the single best idea anybody ever had, I'd give it to Darwin for the idea of natural selection - ahead of Newton, ahead of Einstein - because his idea unites the two most disparate features of our universe: the world of purposeless, meaningless matter and motion, particles jostling on the one side, and the world of meaning and purpose, design on the other.
Conventions are unstated agreements within a community to abide by a single way of doing things - not because there is any inherent advantage to the choice, but because there is an advantage to everyone making the same choice.
If faith cannot be reconciled with rational thinking, it has to be eliminated as an anachronistic remnant of earlier stages of culture and replaced by science dealing with facts and theories which are intelligible and can be validated.
I HAVE no patience with the hypothesis occasionally expressed, and often implied, especially in tales written to teach children to be good, that babies are born pretty much alike, and that the sole agencies in creating differences between boy and boy, and man and man, are steady application and moral effort. It is in the most unqualified manner that I object to pretensions of natural equality. The experiences of the nursery, the school, the University, and of professional careers, are a chain of proofs to the contrary.
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.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
I used to want to be an old man when I was a kid. Now I'm an old man and my kids are growing, I think I want to be a kid.
I do not judge the universe.
One of the greatest challenges facing civilization in the twenty-first century is for human beings to learn to speak about their deepest personal concerns-about ethics, spiritual experience, and the inevitability of human suffering-in ways that are not flagrantly irrational. We desperately need a public discourse that encourages critical thinking and intellectual honesty. Nothing stands in the way of this project more that the respect we accord religious faith.
Societies that empower women are less violent in every way.
There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.
Nearly 230 million Americans believe that a book showing neither unity of style nor internal consistency was authored by an omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent deity.
Ultimately, fear of failure generates a vicious circle that creates what is most feared. To break this cycle, you need to make peace with failure. It isn't enough to merely tolerate it; you need to appreciate the failure and use it ...
Never have your wallet with you onstage. It's bad luck. You shouldn't play the piano with money in your pocket. Play like you need the money.
Don't find fault, find a remedy.
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
One cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it.
If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.
All of that is constantly operating when you not only learn, but when you recall. But as you recall in a different light, the weights with which something is more probably going to be or not recalled on the next instance, are going to be changed. So you're constantly changing the way, for instance, synapses are going to fire very easily or not so easily.
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
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.
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.
The existentialist declares willingly that man is anguish.
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.
Play the music, not the instrument.
The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human business, it is a question of human survival.
Religion may in most of its forms be defined as the belief that the gods are on the side of the Government.
I don't tell people, 'You're okay the way that you are.' That's not the right story. The right story is, 'You're way less than you could be.'
If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I am happy when good things happen to other people, billions more chances to be happy!
The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.
Energy follows thought; we move toward, but not beyond, what we can imagine. What we assume, expect, or believe creates and colors our experience. By expanding our deepest beliefs about what is possible, we change our experience of life.
Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.
There is no God, but don’t tell that to my servant, lest he murder me at night.
No organism can afford to be conscious of matters with which it could deal at unconscious levels. Broadly, we can afford to sink those sorts of knowledge which continue to be true regardless of changes in the environment, but we must maintain in an accessible place all those controls of behavior which must be modified for every instance. The economics of the system, in fact, pushes organisms toward sinking into the unconscious those generalities of relationship which remain permanently true and toward keeping within the conscious the pragmatic of particular instances.
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.
In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
We have Christians against Muslims against Jews. They're making incompatible claims on real estate in the Middle East as though God were some kind of omniscient real estate broker parsing out parcels of land to his chosen flock. People are literally dying over ancient literature.
The old dreams were good dreams; they didn't work out but I'm glad I had them.
One 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"
Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
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.
His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy.
I'm not perfect... But I'm enough.
Only 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?
Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.
The problem is not that religious people are stupid. It's not that religious fundamentalists are stupid. I happen to think that you can be so well educated that you can build a nuclear bomb, and still get--and still believe that you will get the 72 virgins in paradise--that is the problem. The problem is that--religion--because it has been sheltered from criticism as it has been--allows people--perfectly sane, perfectly intelligent people--to believe en masse, what only idiots or lunatics could believe in isolation.
Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
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.
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. 
If you disagree with yourself, you are always right.
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
The philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point, however, is to change it.
An eye for an eye….we are all blind
Who would I want to read my journal? An insightful, compassionate voyeur, perhaps. Or, maybe I'm secretly writing to/for the god I wish existed, the god I longed for during my childhood and teenage years... Or, I’m writing to that part of myself (and all of us) that can forgive. As if true and original writing makes forgiveness natural.
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
The aim of management science is to display the best course of action in a given set of circumstances, and this must include all the circumstances.
Love can surmount any obstacle, except the one that marks its end.
The certainty of death and the uncertainty of the hour of death is a source of grief throughout our life.
There is no society ever discovered in the remotest corner of the world that has not had something that we would consider the arts. Visual arts - decoration of surfaces and bodies - appears to be a human universal.
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.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
Truth is a pathless land.
My favorite thing is to go where I've never been.
Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Never do today that which will become someone else's responsibility tomorrow.
Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.
Works of genius have this in common, that even when they vividly capture the nothingness of things, when they clearly show and make us feel the inevitable unhappiness of life, and when they express the most terrible despair, nonetheless to a great soul -- though he find himself in a state of extreme duress, disillusion, nothingness, noia, and despair of life, or in the bitterest and deadliest misfortunes (caused by deep feelings or whatever) -- these works always console and rekindle enthusiasm; and though they treat or represent only death, they give back to him, at least temporarily, that life which he had lost.
Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.
AMBASSADOR: An honest man sent abroad to lie for the good of his country.
The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
To fear is to die every minute.
Modern man lives under the illusion that he knows what he wants, while he actually wants what he is supposed to want.
Should one name one central concept, a first principle, of cybernetics, it would be circularity.
I think that this is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender.
The mind is the effect, not the cause.
In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. 
Writing is closer to thinking than to speaking.
Nessuno vi può dare la libertà. Nessuno vi può dare l'uguaglianza o la giustizia. Se siete uomini, prendetevela.
We have been trained to think of patterns, with the exception of those of music, as fixed affairs. It is easier and lazier that way but, of course, all nonsense. In truth, the right way to begin to think about the pattern which connects is to think of it as primarily (whatever that means) a dance of interacting parts and only secondarily pegged down by various sorts of physical limits and by those limits which organisms characteristically impose.
The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.
Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.
Like this gas tank, you are overflowing with preconceptions, full of useless knowledge. You hold many facts and opinions, yet know little of yourself. Before you can learn, you'll have to first empty your tank.
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.
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