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We have names for people who have many beliefs for which there is no rational justification. When their beliefs are extremely common we call them ‘religious’; otherwise, they are likely to be called ‘mad’, ‘psychotic’ or ‘delusional’...
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.
Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do.
If you fear failure, you shall never succeed.
In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.
Every move we make in fear of the next war in fact hastens it.
Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. 
The secret of change consists in concentrating one's energy to create the new, and not to fight against the old.
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?
Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
ZEAL: A certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and inexperienced.
120 million of us place the big bang 2,500 years after the Babylonians and Sumerians learned to brew beer.
A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.
It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that. 
Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is... The only problem in your life is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds.
Even if he does occasionally hurt people's feelings -- he occasionally hurts my feelings -- but I'm a big boy. I can get over it. I can argue back. We really need somebody to question the way a university is run.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
To love is human, but to marry is diabolical.
With the arrival of humans, it has been said, the universe has suddenly become conscious of itself. This, truly, it the greatest mystery of all.
I think governments can't do much.
In the year 2006, a person can have sufficient intellectual and material resources to build a nuclear bomb and still believe that he will get seventy-two virgins in Paradise.
an idealist is a hypocrite, because he is always trying to become what he is not, instead of being and understanding what he is.
It is now no mystery that some quite influential 'philosophers' were 'mentally' ill.
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.
Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony.
The gratest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
DESTINY: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do.
You are rich if you have enough money to satisfy all your desires. So there are two ways to be rich: you earn, inherit, borrow, beg, or steal enough money to meet all your desires; or you cultivate a simple lifestyle of few desires; that way you always have enough money.
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.
The sad truth is the truth is sad.
The old man, especially if he is in society, in the privacy of his thoughts, though he may protest the opposite, never stops believing that, through some singular exception of the universal rule, he can in some unknown and inexplicable way still make an impression on women.
Feeding the starving poor only increases their number.
Love is not a sentiment, not romanticism, not dependent on something, and that state is extremely arduous and difficult to understand, or to be in—because our minds are always interfering, limiting, encroaching upon its functioning. Therefore it is important to understand first the mind and its ways; otherwise we shall be caught in illusions, caught in words and sensations that have very little significance.
He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet. 
My main hope is eventually, in modern education field, introduce education about warm-heartedness, not based on religion, but based on common experience and a common sort of sense, and then scientific finding.
The future of mankind is going to be decided within the next two generations, and there are two absolute requisites: We must aim at a stable-state society [with limited population growth] and the destruction of nuclear stockpiles. … Otherwise I don't see how we can survive much later than 2050.
Women are meant to be loved....not to be understood.
Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first is unpleasant and ill-paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.
There's the common veneration (not just by the religious) of faith, namely believing something without a good reason.
To teach is to learn. -- Japanese Proverb
Happy is the man who is nothing.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Good or bad, everything we do is our best choice at that moment.
When all think alike, then no one is thinking.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
He who does not fill his world with phantoms remains alone.
Almost all our suffering is the product of our thoughts. We spend nearly every moment of our lives lost in thought, and hostage to the character of those thoughts. You can break this spell, but it takes training just like it takes training to defend yourself against a physical assault.
When I'm right no one remembers, when I'm wrong no one forgets.
Atheism is just a way of clearing the space for better conversations.
A true spiritual practitioner is someone who has discovered that it is possible to be at ease in the world for no reason, if only for a few moments at a time, and that such ease is synonymous with transcending the apparent boundaries of the self.
A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.
Under the gold standard, a free banking system stands as the protector of an economy's stability and balanced growth... The abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare statists to use the banking system as a means to an unlimited expansion of credit... In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation.
Our ability to perceive the world around us seems so effortless that we tend to take it for granted.
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.
Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.
I can’t control the wind, but I can adjust the sails.
Do not go where the path may lead; instead go where there is no path and leave a trail.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
Just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim Algebra, we will see tht there is no such thing as Christian or Muslim morality.
Mentality on our approach simply comes in when the organism is able to point out meanings to others and to himself. This is the point at which mind appears, or if you like, emerges…. It is absurd to look at the mind simply from the standpoint of the individual human organism; for, although it has its focus there, it is essentially a social phenomenon; even its biological functions are primarily social.
We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell. Only if we give up our authoritarian attitude in the realm of opinion, only if we establish the attitude of give and take, of readiness to learn from other people, can we hope to control acts of violence inspired by piety and duty.
The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.
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 view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.
An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
Progress is only possible by passing from a state of undifferentiated wholeness to differentiation of parts.
The essential ingredient of politics is timing.
Society exists for the benefit of its members - not the members for the benefit of society.
The beauty of a face is not a separate quality but a relation or proportion of qualities to each other.
A man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.
A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation.
Hope itself is a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords; but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain.
The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won't get much sleep.
There is an efficiency inspired by love which goes far beyond and is much greater than the efficiency of ambition; and without love, which brings an integrated understanding of life, efficiency breeds ruthlessness. Is this not what is actually taking place all over the world? Our present education is geared to industrialization and war, its principal aim being to develop efficiency; and we are caught in this machine of ruthless competition and mutual destruction. If education leads to war, if it teaches us to destroy or be destroyed, has it not utterly failed?
There are two ways of spreading the light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
When we think of coconuts or pigs, there are no coconuts or pigs in the brain.
We create the world that we perceive, not because there is no reality outside our heads, but because we select and edit the reality we see to conform to our beliefs about what sort of world we live in. The man who believes that the resources of the world are infinite, for example, or that if something is good for you then the more of it the better, will not be able to see his errors, because he will not look for evidence of them. For a man to change the basic beliefs that determine his perception - his epistemological premises - he must first become aware that reality is not necessarily as he believes it to be. Sometimes the dissonance between reality and false beliefs reaches a point when it becomes impossible to avoid the awareness that the world no longer makes sense. Only then is it possible for the mind to consider radically different ideas and perceptions.
Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.
Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.
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.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
People are not machines, but in all situations where they are given the opportunity, they will act like machines.
The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.
When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.
The freedom to think out loud on certain topics, without fear of being hounded into hiding or killed, has already been lost.
Most intellectuals today have a phobia of any explanation of the mind that invokes genetics.
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
I think therefore I seem to be.
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
Any theory that makes progress is bound to be initially counterintuitive.
Women want mediocre men, and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.
Integrity - When you do the right thing even though no one is watching.
Anyone without a sense of humor is at the mercy of everyone else.
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.
To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition.
There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past.
The existentialist declares willingly that man is anguish.
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