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VACATION: Time off to remind employees that the business can get along without them.
Immagina di essere morto, di aver vissuto la tua vita. Poi vivi in modo appropriato quanto ti resta da vivere.
True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
THE BULLSHIT ASYMMETRY
"The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it." (Alberto Brandolini)
Silence is the best response to a fool.
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.
I've always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.
We discover our character through decisions under pressure.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
Delayed reaction is necessary to intelligent conduct.
Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do.
I think so badly of philosophy that I don't like to talk about it. ... I do not want to say anything bad about my dear colleagues, but the profession of teacher of philosophy is a ridiculous one. We don't need a thousand of trained, and badly trained, philosophers — it is very silly. Actually most of them have nothing to say.
If faith is what you have to go on, if faith is the link between your beliefs and the world at large, your beliefs are very likely to be wrong. Beliefs can be right or wrong. If you believe you can fly, that belief is only true if indeed you can fly. Somebody who thinks he can fly, and is wrong about it, will eventually discover there's a problem with his view of the world.
Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's changing agent, it clears out the old to make way for the new.
The existentialist declares willingly that man is anguish.
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
We are all members of the same flawed species. Putting our moral vision into practice means imposing our will on others. The human lust for power and esteem, coupled with its vulnerability to self-deception and self-righteousness, makes that an invitation to a calamity, all the worse when the power is directed at a goal as quixotic as eradicating human self-interest.
We will leave this world stupid and evil as we have found it upon our arrival.
We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
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.
The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing, and to watch someone else do it wrong without comment.
I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.
I'm very interested in language because it reflects our obsessions and ways of conceptualising the world.
The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure." 
Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.
Any proposition containing the word "is" creates a linguistic structural confusion which will eventually give birth to serious fallacies.
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. 
Humility is no substitute for a good personality.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
What the artist tries to do (either consciously or unconsciously) is to not only capture the essence of something but also to amplify it in order to more powerfully activate the same neural mechanisms that would be activated by the original object.
If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don't bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
If you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.
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.
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.
The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.
A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
SUBURBIA: A place where the developers bulldoze all of the trees -- then name the streets after them.
You are going to pay a price for every thing you do and every thing you don't do. You don't ge to choose to not pay a price. You get to choose which poison you're going to take.
No one can be perfectly free till all are free; no one can be perfectly moral till all are moral; no one can be perfectly happy till all are happy.
People often ask how I got interested in the brain; my rethorical answer is: 'How can anyone NOT be interested in it?' Everything you call 'human nature' and consciousness arises from it.
If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
Only an idiot could think there is a point to any of this.
The past isn't dead. It isn't even past.
Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
Science in the past (and partly in the present), was dominated by one-sided empiricism. Only a collection of data and experiments were considered as being ‘scientific’ in biology (and psychology); forgetting that a mere accumulation of data, although steadily piling up, does not make a science.
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. 
If you want to stay single...look for the perfect mate !
No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.
My worst boss was a departmental chair who never learned to appreciate new developments in the field. He had contempt for students and younger researchers, and he saw the job of running the department as a nuisance.
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. 
The gratest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
Rigor alone is paralytic death, but imagination alone is insanity.
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.
Many societies have educated their male children on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
Christians have abused, oppressed, enslaved, insulted, tormented, tortured, and killed people in the name of God for centuries, on the basis of a thelogically defensible reading of the Bible.
I shall argue that the problem of grace is fundamentally a problem of integration and what is to be integrated is the diverse parts of the mind - especially those multiple levels of which one extreme is called 'consciousness' and the other the 'unconscious'.
Dream big. Start small and then connect the dots.
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
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. 
A liberal is someone too poor to be a capitalist, and too rich to be a communist.
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.
In the long run I certainly hope information is the cure for fanaticism, but I am afraid information is more the cause than the cure.
I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time. 
Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.
Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books!
If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry
It is also true that the less competent a person is in a given domain, the more he will tend to overestimate his abilities. This often produces an ugly marriage of confidence and ignorance that is very difficult to correct for.
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
Theory is when we know everything but nothing works. Praxis is when everything works but we do not know why. We always end up by combining theory with praxis: nothing works and we do not know why.
BIRTH: The first and dirtiest of all disasters.
The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
Life is a series of moments. The quality of attention and action that we bring to each moment determines the quality of our lives.
The secret to humor is surprise.
The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.
The fact that a theory so vague, so insufficiently verifiable, and so far from the criteria otherwise applied in 'hard' science has become a dogma can only be explained on sociological grounds.
Great souls have wills; feeble souls have wishes.
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.
First-order cybernetics is the science of observed systems; Second-order cybernetics is the science of observing systems.
The secret of happiness is: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.
To love is human, but to marry is diabolical.
Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character,


commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.
I hate Disneyland. It primes our kids for Las Vegas.
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.
Consciousness surely does not depend on language. Babies, many animals, and patients robbed of speech by brain damage are not insensate robots; they have reactions like ours that indicate that someone's home.
Non c'è dubbio che questo poveraccio [William Blake] fosse pazzo, ma c'è qualcosa nella sua pazzia che attira il mio interesse più dell'equilibrio di Lord Byron e Walter Scott.
In fact, war may be just another obstacle an enlightened species learns to overcome, like pestilence, hunger, and poverty.
People tend to talk about what people tend to talk about.
Courage is worthy of respect when displayed in the maintenance of legitimate claims and in the repelling of aggressions, bodily or other. Courage is worthy of yet higher respect when danger is faced in defence of claims common to self and others, as in resistance to invasion. Courage is worthy of the highest respect when risk to life or limb is dared in defence of others.
Every positive change - every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness - involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception.
Carry your groceries, garden, and do other activities that keep you moving. You will add more years to your life and more life to your years.
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.
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