CELEBRITY: One who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.
As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.
When you deal with something like compassion for physical pain, which we know is very, very old in evolution - we can find evidence for it in nonhuman species - the brain processes it at a faster speed. Compassion for mental pain took many seconds longer.
Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.
God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
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.
Go ahead and believe in God, if you like, but don't imagine that you have been given any grounds for such a belief by science.
The whole trend of your previous education and all your habits of thought are bound to make you into opponents of psychoanalysis.
Logic is a poor model of cause and effect.
There's no polite way to say to somebody (religious followers) 'Do you realize you've wasted your life?'
A living system, due to its circular organization, is an inductive system and functions always in a predictive manner: what happened once will occur again. Its organization, (genetic and otherwise) is conservative and repeats only that which works. For this same reason living systems are historical systems; the relevance of a given conduct or mode of behavior is always determined in the past.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.
Reason should be destroyed in all Christians.
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No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife isn't saying.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
There may be things that are completely unknowable to us, so we must be careful not to treat the limits of our knowledge as sure guides to the limit of what there is.
I write because it’s a sort of meditation, and my only superficial peace. Writing takes me to the point where I can harmonize with what is disturbing.
Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
My opinions about human nature are shared by many psychologists, linguists, and biologists, not to mention philosophers and scholars going back centuries.
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Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life.
The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot and takes root, it doesn't need its brain anymore so it eats it!
Imagine a world in which generations of human beings come to believe that certain films were made by God or that specific software was coded by him. Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars or Windows 98. Could anything -- anything -- be more ridiculous? And yet, this would be no more ridiculous than the world we are living in.
The shadows: some hide, others reveal.
All the worlds a stage, | And all the men and women merely players: | They have their exits, and their entrances; |And one man in his time plays many parts.
The least questioned assumptions are often the most questionable.
There is a secret to live a happy life, but it remains, in fact, a secret.
As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.
You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
But the newest research is showing that many properties of the brain are genetically organized, and don't depend on information coming in from the senses.
What one does, one becomes.
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The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
We do as we have been done by.
Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.
Humor is just another defense against the universe.
It's hard for decent people to stay angry at someone who has burst into tears, which is why it is often a good idea to burst into tears if a decent person is yelling at you.
Students have no class
The wise legislator will only rarely initiate a new rule of behaviour; more usually he will confine himself to affirming in law what has already become the custom of the people.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
When 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.
The man with a new idea is a Crank until the idea succeeds.
One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.
The truth that we must finally confront is that Islam contains specific notions of martyrdom and jihad that fully explain the character of Muslim violence.
Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Either our wills are determined by prior causes and we are not responsible for them, or they are the product of chance and we are not responsible for them.
The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray.
If it were possible adequately to present the whole of a culture, stressing every aspect exactly as appears in the culture itself, no single detail would appear bizarre or strange or arbitrary to the reader, but rather the details would all appear natural and reasonable as they do to the natives who have lived all their lives within the culture.
Well done is better than well said.
You are just an insecure little girl in desperate need of attention.
God helps those who help themselves.
It is of first-class importance that our answer to the Riddle of the Sphinx should be in step with how we conduct our civilisation, and this should in turn be in step with the actual workings of living systems.
When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.
When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.
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.
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.
Today, 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.
The exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess sucess is our national disease.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
The map is not the territory... The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map...
Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
Quando ero piccolo i miei genitori mi volevano talmente bene che mi misero nella culla un orsacchiotto.
It 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.
A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.
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In fact, war may be just another obstacle an enlightened species learns to overcome, like pestilence, hunger, and poverty.
When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
I believe in equality. Equality for everybody. No matter how stupid they are or how superior I am to them.
If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
Modern societies accepted the treasures and the power offered them by science. But they have not accepted - they have scarcely even heard - its profounder message: the defining of a new and unique source of truth, and the demand for a thorough revision of ethical premises, for a complete break with the animist tradition, the definitive abandonment of the 'old covenant', the necessity of forging a new one. Armed with all the powers, enjoying all the riches they owe to science, our societies are still trying to live by and to teach systems of values already blasted at the root by science itself.
I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
I am free and that is why I am lost.
If at first you don't succeed, remove all evidence you ever tried.
The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won't get much sleep.
Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of the billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity.
Those who fear the facts will forever try to discredit the fact-finders.
If babies held the same tendency toward self-criticism as adults, they might never learn to walk or talk. Can you imagine infants stomping, 'Aarggh! Screwed up again!' Fortunately, babies are free of self-criticism. They just keep practicing.
There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our
character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
Identity is invariably false to facts.
Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.
DARLING: The popular form of address used in speaking to a member of the opposite sex whose name you cannot at the moment remember.
Sleep is the best meditation.
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.
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I believe it will have become evident why, for me, adjectives such as happy, contented, blissful, enjoyable, do not seem quite appropriate to any general description of this process I have called the good life, even though the person in this process would experience each one of these at the appropriate times. But adjectives which seem more generally fitting are adjectives such as enriching, exciting, rewarding, challenging, meaningful. This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-fainthearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one's potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life. Yet the deeply exciting thing about human beings is that when the individual is inwardly free, he chooses as the good life this process of becoming.
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.
Where we have reasons for what we believe, we have no need of faith; where we have no reasons, we have lost both our connection to the world and to one another.
If you ask, then, where directly in your own experience the “I” comes in, the answer is that it comes in as a historical figure. It is what you were a second ago that is the “I” of the “me.” It is another “me” that has to take that rôle. You cannot get the immediate response of the “I” in the process.
Reading is a technology for perspective-taking. When someone else's thoughts are in your head, you are observing the world from that person's vantage point.
I'm such a good lover because I practice a lot on my own.
it is very important, while you are young, to be real revolutionaries—which means not accepting anything, but inquiring into all these things to find out what is true. Only then can you create a new world.
Why do people believe that there are dangerous implications of the idea that the mind is a product of the brain, that the brain is organized in part by the genome, and that the genome was shaped by natural selection?
Interestingly enough, not all feelings result from the body's reaction to external stimuli. Sometimes changes are purely simulated in the brain maps.
If a man is pictured chopping off a woman's breast, it only gets a R rating, but if, God forbid, a man is pictured kissing a woman's breast, it gets an X rating. Why is violence more acceptable than tenderness?
I am a philosopher, not a scientist, and we philosophers are better at questions than answers.
There is nothing I can't live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.