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A marriage is likely to be called happy if neither party ever expected to get much happiness out of it.
To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.
Every theory is gray, and only is green the tree of golden fruits that is life.
It is necessary to study not only parts and processes in isolation, but also to solve the decisive problems found in organization and order unifying them, resulting from dynamic interaction of parts, and making the the behavoir of the parts different when studied in isolation or within the whole...
When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved. This is action out of compassion.
Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.
The god whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively, a God who does a wholesale, not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals.
It is utterly astonishing how ordinary a book can be and still be thought the product of omniscience.
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 leader who keeps his ear to the ground allows his rear end to become a target.
Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got.
The harm that I have not done, what harm it has done!
Advertising - the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
What is the pattern that connects the crab to the lobster and the primrose to the orchid, and all of them to me, and me to you?
It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.
Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice.
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
At times I want to be found.
I don't know what makes you so dumb, but it works!
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true.
Writing is closer to thinking than to speaking.
In science, self-satisfaction is death. Personal self-satisfaction is the death of the scientist. Collective self-satisfaction is the death of the research. It is restlessness, anxiety, dissatisfaction, agony of mind that nourish science.
In life, stress happens when you resist what arises.
Scientists, operating in the various disciplines, are encapsulated in their private universe, and it is difficult to get word from one cocoon to the other.
Let us repeat the two crucial negative premises as established firmly by all human experience: (1) Words are not the things we are speaking about; and (2) There is no such thing as an object in absolute isolation.
An employee within an organization will advance to his or her level of incompetence and remain there.
Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
An expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.
You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen.
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.
We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
Laws are the spider's webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape.
To be interested in the public good we must be disinterested, that is, not interested in goods in which our personal selves are wrapped up.
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a time of moral crisis, remain neutral.
The big print giveth and the small print taketh away.
Every man has reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone but only his friends. He has other matters in his mind which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.
If we are uncritical we shall always find what we want: we shall look for, and find, confirmations, and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might be dangerous to our pet theories. In this way it is only too easy to obtain what appears to be overwhelming evidence in favor of a theory which, if approached critically, would have been refuted.
Always remember that it is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood: there will always be some who misunderstand you.
CHEF: Any cook who swears in French.
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Human beings do not live in the objective world alone, nor alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood, but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society. It is quite an illusion to imagine that one adjusts to reality essentially without the use of language and that language is merely an incidental means of solving specific problems of communication or reflection. The fact of the matter is that the ‘real world’ is to a large extent unconsciously built up on the language habits of the group... We see and hear and otherwise experience very largely as we do because the language habits of our community predispose certain choices of interpretation.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
What I have tried to show is that the scientific attitude implies what I call the postulate of objectivity - that is to say, the fundamental postulate that there is no plan, that there is no intention in the universe.
Women like silent men. They think they're listening.
Everything we think and feel (and keep thinking and feeling) creates, deep within, the brain we have.
The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.
The only profitable conversations are with enthusiasts who have ceased being so, with the ex-naïve. Calmed down at last, they have taken, willy-nilly, the decisive step toward knowledge, that impersonal version of disappointment.
Conscious evolution begins as we take responsibility for clearing our own obstructions.
The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.
Just as blueprints don't necessarily specify blue buildings, selfish genes don't necessarily specify selfish organisms. As we shall see, sometimes the most selfish thing a gene can do is build a selfless brain. Genes are a play within a play, not the interior monologue of the players.
Who rules our symbols, rules us.
It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.
The creature that wins against its environment destroys itself.
I think it is always important to ask fundamental questions, but when we do ask a fundamental question, most of us are seeking an answer, and then the answer is invariably superficial because there is no yes or no answer to life. Life is a movement, an endless movement, and to inquire into this extraordinary thing called life, with all its innumerable aspects, one must ask fundamental questions and never be satisfied with answers, however satisfactory they may be, because the moment you have an answer, the mind has concluded, and conclusion is not life - it is merely a static state. So what is important is to ask the right question and never be satisfied with the answer, however clever, however logical, because the truth of the question lies beyond the conclusion, beyond the answer, beyond the verbal expression. The mind that asks a question and is merely satisfied with an explanation, a verbal statement, remains superficial. It is only the mind that asks a fundamental question and is capable of pursuing that question to the end - it is only such a mind that can find out what is truth.
The earth is my body, my head is in the stars. (From the film "Harold and Maude")
The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.
Multiple descriptions are better than one.
But if one observes, one will see that the body has its own intelligence; it requires a great deal of intelligence to observe the intelligence of the body.
In reality, hope is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs man's torments.
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.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
The minute you succumb to outside pressure, you cease to be creative.
Before solving a problem, make sure you've got the right problem.
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.
You can't get attention of one who focused on himself.
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.
The characteristic of life does not lie in a distinctiveness of single life processes. [Lebensvorgänge], but rather in a certain order among all the processes.
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
True, you don't have to be religious to be crazy, but it helps.
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.
It is the 'zoomorphic' or 'rattomorphic' fallacy - the expressed or implicit contention that there is no essential difference between rat and man - which makes American psychology so profoundly disturbing.
Reality is not confined to a single discipline.
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from that of their social environment.
The bad sort of vulnerability comes in pretending to be someone you're not.
Thought forms in the soul in the same way clouds form in the air.
Hope, deceitful as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.
While there is no guarantee that rational people will always agree, the irrational are certain to be divided by their dogmas.
... we may say of the receptors, the effectors, of the intellect and the other capacities that they are primarily safety-seeking tools.
Etc.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.
You don't have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.
Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.
To find out actually what takes place when you die you must die. This isn't a joke. You must die - not physically but psychologically, inwardly, die to the things you have cherished and to the things you are bitter about. If you have died to one of your pleasures, the smallest or the greatest, naturally, without any enforcement or argument, then you will know what it means to die. To die is to have a mind that is completely empty of itself, empty of its daily longing, pleasure; and agonies. Death is a renewal, a mutation, in which thought does not function at all because thought is old. When there is death there is something totally new. Freedom from the known is death, and then you are living.
That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.
A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience.
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
An eye for an eye….we are all blind
Politicians neither love nor hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them.
Even though its common knowledge these days, it never ceases to amaze me that all the richness of our mental life - all our feelings, our emotions, our thoughts, our ambitions, our love life, our religious sentiments and even what each of us regards us his own intimate private self - is simply the activity of these little specks of jelly in your head, in your brain. There is nothing else.
If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
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