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Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
If you smoke after sex, you're doing it too fast!
Following of authority in any form, whether self-imposed or established from outside, as well as any form of imitation, copying, is destructive of incentive, of creativeness, and that it blocks the discovery of what is true.
An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.
Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility…without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.
The secret of change consists in concentrating one's energy to create the new, and not to fight against the old.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
The problem that we, as living organisms, face - and not we only, humans, but any living organism faces - is the management of life.
Near me nothing but distances.
The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.
For every major problem in this nation there is a simple solution--and it is wrong.
A little hypocrisy and a little compromise oils the wheels of social life.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Consistency is the playground of dull minds.
Science is the most durable and nondivisive way of thinking about the human circumstance. It transcends cultural, national, and political boundaries. You don't have American science versus Canadian science versus Japanese science.
Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.
Rather than living our lives ourselves, we are lived by unknown and uncontrollable forces.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.
The characteristic of the organism is first that it is more than the sum of its parts and second that the single processes are ordered for the maintenance of the whole.
I want to make clear only that words are not the things spoken about, and that there is no such thing as an object in absolute isolation.
I am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul.
The big print giveth and the small print taketh away.
Remember your math: an anecdote is not a trend.
Don't leave home without your left hemisphere.
There is nothing so pathetic as a bore who claims attention - and gets it
Death is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and takes away his desires along with desire's rewards. Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of all pleasures while allowing his appetites to remain, and it brings with it every possible sorrow. Yet men fear death and desire old age.
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
In fact, war may be just another obstacle an enlightened species learns to overcome, like pestilence, hunger, and poverty.
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.
Fear and trust cannot go together.
Here appear to exist general system laws which apply to any system of a particular type, irrespective of the particular properties of the systems and the elements involved. Compared to the analytical procedure of classical science with resolution into component elements and one-way or linear causality as basic category, the investigation of organized wholes of many variables requires new categories of interaction, transaction, organization, teleology.
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
The moral truth here is obvious: anyone who feels that the interests of a blastocyst just might supersede the interests of a child with a spinal cord injury has had his moral sense blinded by religious metaphysics.
Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.
All civilized nations must unite in condemnation of a theology that now threatens to destabilize much of the earth.
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.
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
If God had wanted to put everything into the universe from the beginning, He would have created a universe without change, without organisms and evolution, and without man and man's experience of change. But he seems to have thought that a live universe with events unexpected even by Himself would be more interesting than a dead one.
Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.
If you can change your mind, you can change your life.
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much of life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
Information: any difference that makes a difference.
The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.
There is a correlation between economic inequality and personal violence. The explanation for the correlation isn't completely clear; there are a number of possibilities.
Democracy is an imperfect way of steering between the violence of anarchy and the violence of tyranny, with the least violence you can get away with.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
Non esiste nulla all'infuori del Tutto.
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.
It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.
Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future.
By exposing the absence of purpose in the laws governing the universe, science forces us to take responsibility for the welfare of ourselves, our species, and our planet.
Our rulers, who rule our symbols, and so rule a symbolic class of life, impose their own infantilism on our instituitions, educational methods, and doctrines. This leads to maladjustment of the incoming generations which, being born into, are forced to develop under the un-natural (for man) semantic conditions imposed on them. In turn, they produce leaders afflicted with the old animalistic limitations. The vicious circle is completed; it results in a general state of human un-sanity, reflected again in our instituitions. And so it goes, on and on.
Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.
We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.
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.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. 
Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home
USER: The word computer professionals use when they mean "idiot."
Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.
To put it bluntly but fairly, anyone today who doubts that the variety of life on this planet was produced by a process of evolution is simply ignorant—inexcusably ignorant, in a world where three out of four people have learned to read and write.
For it was my master who taught me not only how very little I knew but also that any wisdom to which I might ever aspire could consist only in realizing more fully the infinity of my ignorance
Choice means giving up something you want for something else you want more.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
I would rather die standing than live on my knees!
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.
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
We commonly speak as though a single 'thing' could 'have' some characteristic. A stone, we say, is 'hard,' 'small,' 'heavy,' 'yellow,' 'dense,' etc. That is how our language is made: 'The stone is hard.' And so on. And that way of talking is good enough for the marketplace: 'That is a new brand.' 'The potatoes are rotten.' 'The container is damaged.'... And so on. But this way of talking is not good enough in science or epistemology. To think straight, it is advisable to expect all qualities and attributes, adjectives, and so on to refer to at least -two- sets of interactions in time....Language continually asserts by the syntax of subject and predicate that 'things' somehow 'have' qualities and attributes. A more precise way of talking would insist that the 'things' are produced, are seen as separate from other 'things,' and are made 'real' by their internal relations and by their behaviour in relationship with other things and with the speaker. It is necessary to be quite clear about the universal truth that whatever 'things' may be in their pleromatic and thingish world, they can only enter the world of communication and meaning by their names, their qualities and their attributes (i. e., by reports of their internal and external relations and interactions).
I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter. Far more important is that they be a good human being.
In truth you owe naught to any man. You owe all to all men.
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.
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.
Beyond all explanations which a good brain can give, why do we choose the worse and not the better, why hate rather than love, why greed and not generosity, why self-centred activity and not open total action? Why be mean when there are soaring mountains and flashing streams? Why jealousy and not love? Why?
The individual has to awaken his intelligence, not through any form of discipline, resistance, compulsion, coercion, but through freedom.
No one knows what the nongenetic causes of individuality are. Perhaps people are shaped by modifications of genes that take place after conception, or by haphazard fluctuations in the chemical soup in the womb or the wiring up of the brain or the expression of the genes themselves.
To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
...love is not synonymous with sex. Sex may be studied as a purely physiological need. Ordinarily sexual behavior is multi-determined, that is to say, determined not only by sexual but also by other needs, chief among which are the love and affection needs. Also not to be overlooked is the fact that
the love needs involve both giving and receiving love.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
The essential ingredient of politics is timing.
Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
If someone is too tired to give you a smile, leave one of your own, because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give.
Something that cannot be explained cannot be seen.
In the transmission of human culture, people always attempt to replicate, to pass on to the next generation the skills and values of the parents, but the attempt always fails because cultural transmission is geared to learning, not DNA.
One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.
It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than "try to be a little kinder."
It is better to deserve honours and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.
Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
Life comes at us in waves. We can't predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
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.
Self-reliance brings a certain freedom in which you discover; and that freedom is denied to you when you are comparing.
If you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.
Freedom is not free.
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
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.'
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.
Marriage is when a man and woman become as one; the trouble starts when they try to decide which one.
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