It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.
He who laughs last thinks slowest
Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.
Choice means saying no to one thing so you can say yes to another.
What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.
We are faced with the task of convincing a myth infatuated world that love and curiosity are sufficient and you don't have to delude yourself and frighten yourself with Iron Age fairy tales. This is a monumental task. I don't think there is an intellectual struggle more worthy of our efforts.
Climate change could produce a lot of misery and waste without necessarily leading to large-scale armed conflict, which depends more on ideology and bad governance than on resource scarcity.
God is on the side of the strongest battalions.
People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards.
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
His ignorance is encyclopedic.
Nothing we can do can change the past, but everything we do changes the future.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government.
The propensity to make strong emotional bonds to particular individuals [is] a basic component of human nature.
Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.
There is an almost universal tendency, perhaps an inborn tendency, to suspect the good faith of a man who holds opinions that differ from our own opinions. … It obviously endangers the freedom and the objectivity of our discussion if we attack a person instead of attacking an opinion or, more precisely, a theory.
In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.
All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
To have intelligence there must be freedom, and you cannot be free if you are constantly being urged to become like some hero, for then the hero is important and not you.
Cats are smarter than dogs. You can not get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.
Biological communities are systems of interacting components and thus display characteristic properties of systems, such as mutual interdependence, self-regulation, adaptation to disturbances, approach to states of equilibrium, etc.
Wholeness [Ganzheit], Gestalt, is the primary attribute of life.
People are not machines, but in all situations where they are given the opportunity, they will act like machines.
The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.
Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
Life and 'Mind' are systemic processes.
My life is like an air-traffic controller's: moments of boredom broken up by moments of sheer terror.
Wherever there is a conscious mind, there is a point of view.
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That - with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word 'success' - is our national disease.
Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves... for they will never cease to be amused.
Immagina di essere morto, di aver vissuto la tua vita. Poi vivi in modo appropriato quanto ti resta da vivere.
Life and DeathLife and Death
Opposing reason is, by definition, unreasonable.
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.
Once, the governing human metaphor was pastoral or agricultural, and it clarified, and so preserved in human care, the natural cycles of birth, growth, death, and decay. But modern humanity's governing metaphor is that of the machine. Having placed ourselves in charge of creation, we began to mechanize both the creation itself and our conception of it. We began to see the whole creation merely as raw material, to be transformed by machines into a manufactured Paradise.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
Don't cut what you can untie.
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.
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
I think this confusion leads intellectuals and artists themselves to believe that the elite arts and humanities are a kind of higher, exalted form of human endeavor.
When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.
I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
There is nothing I can't live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.
A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.
All of that is constantly operating when you not only learn, but when you recall. But as you recall in a different light, the weights with which something is more probably going to be or not recalled on the next instance, are going to be changed. So you're constantly changing the way, for instance, synapses are going to fire very easily or not so easily.
Wisdom is the strength of the weak.
There is no greater need in society than that of gossip. It is the principal means of passing the time, which is one of the first necessities of life.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Not only is there no God, but try finding a plumber on Sunday.
There are more copies than originals among people.
Social identitySocial identity
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, wityout any other reason but because they are not common.
We will be the last generation to have witnessed life without the Internet.
Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
It is time we recognized that belief is not a private matter; it has never been merely private. In fact, beliefs are scarcely more private than actions are, for every belief is a fount of action in potential.
History isn’t a single narrative, but thousands of alternative narratives. Whenever we choose to tell one, we are also choosing to silence others.
The point is that most of what we currently hold sacred is not sacred for any reason other than that it was thought sacred yesterday.
At times I want to be found.
We will never deny that subsistence is a fundamental human need which must be satisfied through adequate income, nutrition, housing and work for all. But we will also insist that protection, affection, understanding, participation, leisure, creation, identity and freedom are extremely fundamental human needs as well.
To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
Curiosity illuminates the correct path to anything in life. If you're not curious, that's when your brain is starting to die.
I also know that one must do what one can do. No matter how little it is, it is nonetheless a human testimony and human testimonies, as long as they are not based on greed or personal ambition for power, can have unexpected positive effects. ...I believe in local action and in small dimensions. It is only in such environments that human creativity and meaningful identities can truly surface and flourish.
You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
The more we are concerned for the well being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.
People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that which what they are not.
The concept of man as mass robot was both an expression of and a powerful motive force in industrialized mass society. It was the basis for behavioural engineering in commercial, economic, political and other advertising and propaganda; the expanding economy of the 'affluent society' could not subsist without such manipulation. Only by manipulating humans ever more into Skinnerian rats, robots buying automata, homeostatically adjusted conformers and opportunists (or, bluntly speaking, into morons and zombies) can this great society follow its progress toward ever increasing gross national product.
As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.
Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something, and it is only such love that can know freedom.
Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.
Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving.
You can't hear a word and just hear it as raw sound; it always evokes an associated meaning and emotion in the brain.
STATISTICIAN: Someone who can put his head in the oven and his feet in the freezer and tell you, "on average, I feel just fine."
Capitalism' is a dirty word for many intellectuals, but there are a number of studies showing that open economies and free trade are negatively correlated with genocide and war.
ADMIRATION: Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.
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.
There are no forces on this planet more dangerous to all of us than the fanaticisms of fundamentalism.
You don't have to travel around the world to understand that the sky is blue everywhere.
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.
In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
I never put off till tomorrow what I can do the day after.
Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.
Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
Each part of the brain knows a little bit about what’s happening in some other [parts], but there’s no single place that knows everything. ... It’s like a big corporation.
Failures are divided into two classes--those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
You could never convince a monkey to give you a banana by promising him limitless bananas after death in monkey heaven.
Human natureHuman nature
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
I hate victims who respect their executioners.
We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.
The only way to deal with an unfree world si to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually.
Not what man knows but what man feels, concerns art. All else is science.
Melancholy: when we have sorrows without a name.
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.