600+ Thrive Quotes
If we are not free, no one will respect us.
What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
What luck for rulers that men do not think.
Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.
In a mad world, only the mad are sane.
Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.
Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.
You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.
I see many people die because they judge that life is not worth living. I see others paradoxically getting killed for the ideas or illusions that give them a reason for living (what is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying). I therefore conclude that the meaning of life is the most urgent of questions.
After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
Integrity has no need of rules.
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 significant problems we face in life can not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
The woman who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been.
A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
I am an adherent of the ideal of democracy, although I well know the weaknesses of the democratic form of government. Social equality and economic protection of the individual appeared to me always as the important communal aims of the state. Although I am a typical loner in daily life, my consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has preserved me from feeling isolated.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.
Look with complete innocence at the infinitely improbable thing before you.
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
Science fiction is the sovereign prophylactic against future shock.
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.
The problem with close-minded people is that they usually have their mouths open.
When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons.
One man with courage is a majority.
All great rebellions are born of private acts of civil disobedience that inspire rebel bands to plot together.
What makes the desert beautiful, is that somewhere, it hides a well.
Believe what you see and not all you hear.
A foolish man may be known by six things: Anger without cause, speech without profit, change without progress, inquiry without object, putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking foes for friends.
A horse of good breed is not dishonored by his saddle.
Call someone your lord and he’ll sell you in the slave market.
He who sees the calamity of other people finds his own calamity light.
Measure your guilt, then stretch your legs.
Only the tent pitched by your own hands will stand.
The fruit of silence is tranquility.
The mind is for seeing, the heart is for hearing.
Think of the going out before you enter.
When what you want doesn’t happen, learn to want what does.
Who does not go with you, go with him.
Write the bad things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble.
You are like a tree, giving your shade to the outside.
Give me the place to stand, and I shall move the earth.
There is only one condition in which we can imagine managers not needing subordinates, and masters not needing slaves. This condition would be that each (inanimate) instrument could do its own work.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
The distinction between true and false appears to become increasingly blurred by… the pollution of the language.
Abraham Lincoln reportedly said that, given eight hours to chop down a tree, he’d spend six sharpening his axe.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.
If everyone helps to hold up the sky, then one person does not become tired.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves – or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.
People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it – walk.
Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone.
The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.
You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.
What greater wealth is there than to own your life and to spend it on growing? Every living thing must grow. It can’t stand still. It must grow or perish.
Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
I swear – by my life and my love of it – that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.
The human characteristic required by statism is docility, which is the product of hopelessness and intellectual stagnation. Thinking men cannot be ruled; ambitious men do not stagnate.
Capitalism has created the highest standard of living ever known on earth. The evidence is incontrovertible. The contrast between West and East Berlin is the latest demonstration, like a laboratory experiment for all to see. Yet those who are loudest in proclaiming their desire to eliminate poverty are loudest in denouncing capitalism. Man’s well-being is not their goal.
Laissez-faire capitalism is the only social system based on the recognition of individual rights and, therefore, the only system that bans force from social relationships. By the nature of its basic principles and interests, it is the only system fundamentally opposed to war.
“Democratic” in its original meaning [refers to] unlimited majority rule . . . a social system in which one’s work, one’s property, one’s mind, and one’s life are at the mercy of any gang that may muster the vote of a majority at any moment for any purpose.
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.
Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment’s torture.
Live and act within the limit of your knowledge and keep expanding it to the limit of your life.
If I’m ever upset, I know I can just fill a cup with water and throw it up in the air.
The very purpose of the First Amendment is to prevent Congress from picking and choosing which type of disseminators of information are worthy of protection.
If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worthy reading, or do things worth the writing.
All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.
Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.
He that can have patience can have what he will.
He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book.
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?
I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.
It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.
The pleasures that spring from sense impressions are sources of unhappiness, because they have beginnings and ends.
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the Weather.
If you live in a democracy and don’t have freedom of information, it’s not a democracy. And people have to understand that if you don’t have freedom of information online, it’s not going to be offline, either.
Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
Judge not unless you judge yourself.
The problem with computers is that there is not enough Africa in them.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.
Here is God’s purpose – for God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
Do not be the judge of people; do not make assumptions about others. A person is destroyed by holding judgments about others.
Decay is inherent in all compound things. Work out your own salvation with diligence.
Doubt everything. Find your own light.
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting.
We are a way of the universe knowing itself.
It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
It will not be we who reach Alpha Centauri, and the other nearby stars. It will be a species very like us – but with more of our strengths and fewer of our weaknesses.
We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depths of our answers.
In the way that skepticism is sometimes applied to issues of public concern, there is a tendency to belittle, to condescend, to ignore the fact that, deluded or not, supporters of superstition and pseudoscience are human beings with real feelings, who, like the skeptics, are trying to figure out how the world works and what our role in it might be. Their motives are in many cases consonant with science. If their culture has not given them all the tools they need to pursue this great quest, let us temper our criticism with kindness. None of us comes fully equipped.
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.
Minds, like bodies, will fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.
Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.
Years ago, it meant something to be crazy. Now everyone’s crazy.
We argue with our biology, and the result of that argument is civilization.
Sueña y serás libre en espíritu, lucha y serás libre en vida. / Dream and you will be free in spirit, fight and you will be free in life.
Man truly achieves his full human condition when he produces without being compelled by the physical necessity of selling himself as a commodity.
Once you become predictable, no one’s interested anymore.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
One joy shatters a hundred griefs.
The use of ‘conspiracy theory’ as a derogatory — as an epithet almost — is something the propagandists have perfected over the decades, and it’s a useful tool for eliminating articulate dissent and other points of view, and information that might be inconvenient for a policy agenda.
A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.
What you don’t understand you can make mean anything.
The first step — especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money — the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.
People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.
We are not special. We are not crap or trash, either. We just are. We just are, and what happens just happens.
I used to work in a funeral home to feel good about myself, just the fact that I was breathing.
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.
There is only one way to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
Consumers and farmers must continue to walk together. We are all in the same struggle for a life of peace.
I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
The capacity to produce social chaos is the last resort of desperate people.
He who learns death unlearns slavery.
A well-trained man knows how to answer questions; an educated man knows what questions are worth asking.
Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it — not against it.
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.
If you refuse to pay unjust taxes, your property will be confiscated. If you attempt to defend your property, you will be arrested. If you resist arrest, you will be clubbed. If you defend yourself against clubbing, you will be shot dead. These procedures are known as the Rule of Law.
The first thing you’ll have to do, is the last thing you wished.
Every aquarium will eventually leak.
If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.
I love sleep. My life has a tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?
A living organism feeds upon negative entropy. Thus the device by which an organism maintains itself stationary at a fairly high level of orderliness (i.e., a fairly low level of entropy) really consists in continually sucking orderliness from its environment.
What is true is already so. – Owning up to it doesn’t make it worse. – Not being open about it doesn’t make it go away. – And because it’s true, it is what is there to be interacted with. – Anything untrue isn’t there to be lived. – People can stand what is true, – for they are already enduring it.
Courage lies in being oneself, in showing complete independence, in loving what one loves, in discovering the deep roots of one’s feelings.
Question: Who governs the governors? Answer: Entropy
The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.
When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual.
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
What do you despise? By this are you truly known.
If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
Wealth is a tool of freedom, but the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery.
Think you of the fact that a deaf person cannot hear. Then, what deafness may we not all possess? What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us?
Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.
The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.
There is no escape – we pay for the violence of our ancestors.
To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror, to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror.
Kindness is the beginning of cruelty.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.
Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class — whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.
Confine yourself to observing and you always miss the point of your life. The object can be stated this way: Live the best life you can. Life is a game whose rules you learn if you leap into it and play it to the hilt. Otherwise, you are caught off balance, continually surprised by the shifting play. Non-players often whine and complain that luck always passes them by. They refuse to see that they can create some of their own luck.
A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.
The purpose of argument is to change the nature of truth.
Nature does not make mistakes. Right and wrong are human categories.
A person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing you to grow. Without them, it sleeps- seldom to awaken. The sleeper must awaken.
Whether a thought is spoken or not it is a real thing and has powers of reality.
The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.
Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. This is as true of humans as it is of gas molecules in a sealed flask. The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who so survive.
Guilt starts as a feeling of failure.
The Fremen were supreme in that quality the ancients called “spannungsbogen” — which is the self-imposed delay between desire for a thing and the act of reaching out to grasp that thing.
Freedom is from within.
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.
The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you’ve got any guts. Some of you like Pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read. Forget I mentioned it. This song has no message. Rise for the flag salute.
Without deviation, progress is not possible.
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
If you treat people right they will treat you right — ninety percent of the time.
The total disorder in the universe, as measured by the quantity that physicists call entropy, increases steadily over time. Also, the total order in the universe, as measured by the complexity and permanence of organized structures, also increases steadily over time.
Life without music would be a mistake.
He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the way in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
The future influences the present just as much as the past.
Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, is what makes someone a friend.
Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment.
When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets.
All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
Everyone who has ever built anywhere a new heaven first found the power thereto in his own hell.
There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.
What is the mark of liberation? No longer being ashamed in front of oneself.
Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
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.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.
On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?
Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.
One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.
People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.
In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.
There are those who have a prejudice against the semicolon; personally I find it a very useful stop.
There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny; they have only shifted it to another shoulder.
It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them…
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
Political chaos is connected with the decay of language… one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.
War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
Big Brother is watching you.
The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.
Liberal: a power worshipper without power.
Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.
It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning.
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.
In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
Looking at the world as a whole, the drift for many decades has been not towards anarchy but towards the reimposition of slavery. We may be heading not for general breakdown but for an epoch as horribly stable as the slave empires of antiquity.
Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism, as I understand it.
It appears to me that one defeats the fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one’s intelligence.
Sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.
Public opinion, because of the tremendous urge to conformity in gregarious animals, is less tolerant than any system of law.
Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.
Within certain limits, it is actually true that the less money you have, the less you worry.
Good writing is like a windowpane.
The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.
I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.
The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature.
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
My government will be open. Anyone found guilty of corruption will be dealt with in accordance with the law. If you are corrupt you will have to hang your boots.
Batô: Chief, you ever question the ethics of the neurosurgeons who monkey around inside your brain? / Chief Aramaki: They undergo psychiatric evaluations, especially those in security. They’re subjected to a stringent screening of their personal lives. Of course, the ones who check are only human. / Batô: ‘I guess once you start doubting, there’s no end to it.
It was not easy for a person brought up in the ways of classical thermodynamics to come around to the idea that gain of entropy eventually is nothing more nor less than loss of information.
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
There are two things children should get from their parents: roots and wings.
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
How many examples do we have of these bodies [of the state] set up to eliminate a problem, actually eliminating it, shutting down their operations and going home?
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.
The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
Democracy has nothing to do with freedom. Democracy is a soft variant of communism, and rarely in the history of ideas has it been taken for anything else.
When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a moment longer, never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more if they had known they were slaves.
Whether we are destined to be dust or deity will be determined by how well we learn to cope with the challenges of being intelligent. Intelligence is, ultimately, the most destructive force in the universe. It has the capacity, also, to be the most creative. That knife edge we now live on.
When even one American – who has done nothing wrong – is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril.
Asking a question is embarrassing for a moment, but not asking is embarrassing for a lifetime.
I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the Earth. Then I ask myself the same question.
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all — the apathy of human beings.
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye.
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
Vision without execution is just hallucination.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
Why of course the people don’t want war … But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship … Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
Remember, when life’s path is steep, to keep your mind even.
If those in charge of our society — politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television — can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.
One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression. Patriotism becomes the order of the day, and those who question the war are seen as traitors, to be silenced and imprisoned.
Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.
To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacriﬁce, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places — and there are so many — where people have behaved magniﬁcently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an inﬁnite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in deﬁance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.
Sedentary culture is the goal of civilization. It means the end of its lifespan and brings about its corruption.
You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
And above all things, never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning.
Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today – but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
A chipped pebble is almost part of the hand it never leaves. A thrown spear declares a sort of independence the moment it is released… The whole trend in technology has been to devise machines that are less and less under direct control and more and more seem to have the beginning of a will of their own.
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
Instead of being a student of a (given) field, I would like you to be the field.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or tragedy, or perhaps both.
The best way to think about life, intelligence, and the universe is that they are not separate things, but are different aspects of a single phenomenon. To take liberties with a popular ballad, “We are the world, we are the people, and we are the universe.” To state this proposition from the opposite perspective, the universe is coming to life and waking up through the processes of our lives and thoughts, and, very probably, through the lives and thoughts of countless other beings scattered throughout the cosmos.
The very best can’t be hired. They must be courted.
It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another’s.
At times inactivity is preferable to mindless functioning.
If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.
Once you come to know yourselves, you will become known.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Anarchy doesn’t mean out of control; it means out of their control.
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
We hold steady, we join hands with those walking with us on our spiritual paths, learning that the genius of others will also guide us. Others will be there to lift us up. With them, our full genius takes us to the place where we can overcome digressions and transgressions. There is a super genius at work, that of we as people.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Five hundred years ago a person in error was a person searching for the truth.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.
Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives.
Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather… Cyberspace does not lie within your borders. Do not think that you can build it, as though it were a public construction project. You cannot. It is an act of nature and it grows itself through our collective actions.
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
Are we being good ancestors?
You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.
We’re in a free fall into future. We don’t know where we’re going. Things are changing so fast. And always when you’re going through a long tunnel, anxiety comes along. But all you have to do to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act. It’s a very interesting shift of perspective … Joyfully participate in the sorrows of the world and everything changes.
In the South we don’t hide our crazy people or keep them locked up in the attic, we bring them right down to the front porch and show them off.
The Earth is the Cradle of the Mind — but one cannot eternally live in a cradle.
Men are weak now, and yet they transform the Earth’s surface. In millions of years their might will increase to the extent that they will change the surface of the Earth, its oceans, the atmosphere and themselves. They will control the climate and the solar system just as they control the Earth. They will travel beyond the limits of our planetary system; they will reach other Suns and use their fresh energy instead of the energy of their dying luminary.
Man must at all costs overcome the Earth’s gravity and have, in reserve, the space at least of the Solar System.
There is no order in the world around us, we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead. It is hard to adapt to chaos, but it can be done. I am living proof of that: It can be done.
Society is composed of persons who cannot design, build, repair, or even operate most of the devices upon which their lives depend…In the complexity of this world people are confronted with extraordinary events and functions that are literally unintelligible to them. They are unable to give an adequate explanation of man-made phenomena in their immediate experience. They are unable to form a coherent, rational picture of the whole. … Under the circumstances, all persons do, and indeed must, accept a great number of things on faith…Their way of understanding is basically religious, rather than scientific; only a small portion of one’s everyday experience in the technological society can be made scientific…The plight of members of the technological society can be compared to that of a newborn child. Much of the data that enters its sense does not form coherent wholes. There are many things the child cannot understand or, after it has learned to speak, cannot successfully explain to anyone…Citizens of the modern age in this respect are less fortunate than children. They never escape a fundamental bewilderment in the face of the complex world that their senses report. They are not able to organize all or even very much of this into sensible wholes…
Without going out of your door, you can know the ways of the world. Without peeping through your window, you can see the Way of Heaven. The farther you go, the less you know. Thus, the Sage knows without traveling, sees without looking, And achieves without struggle.
So sometimes things are ahead and sometimes they are behind; Sometimes breathing is hard, sometimes it comes easily; Sometimes there is strength and sometimes weakness; Sometimes one is up and sometimes down. Therefore the sage avoids extremes, excesses, and complacency.
At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
To lead the people, walk behind them.
If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.
You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.
Irony has only emergency use. Carried over time, it is the voice of the trapped who have come to enjoy their cage.
Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness. We don’t believe in the good old words because we don’t believe in good old values anymore. And that’s why the world is sick.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones.
It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.
Life is 10 percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.
Chance favours the prepared mind.
Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.
How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
Choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed and you haven’t been.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
No social problem is as universal as the oppression of the child.
We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.
Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.
An insect is more complex than a star..and is a far greater challenge to understand.
Dear Mr. President: The canal system of this country is being threatened by a new form of transportation known as ‘railroads’ … As you may well know, Mr. President, ‘railroad’ carriages are pulled at the enormous speed of 15 miles per hour by ‘engines’ which, in addition to endangering life and limb of passengers, roar and snort their way through the countryside, setting fire to crops, scaring the livestock and frightening women and children. The Almighty certainly never intended that people should travel at such breakneck speed.
It is said that an anarchist society is impossible. Artistic activity is the process of realizing the impossible.
To say that humans are composed of machines is not to say that we are merely machines. Humans are dignified machines. We are (so far) the most extropic, most complex product of billions of years of evolution.
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.
There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.
Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All of these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill… I can neither be harmed by any of them, for no man will involve me in wrong, nor can I be angry with my kinsman or hate him; for we have come into the world to work together…
When all life is seen as divine, everyone grows wings.
Human spaceflight is an instrument of soft power – it serves as an example for members of other nations and cultures to follow and emulate. … Human spaceflight is a marker of modernity and first-class status.
Every time I go and shave, I assume there’s someone else on the planet shaving. So I say, ‘I’m gonna go shave, too.
There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
Character is victory organized.
The world does not pay men for that which they ‘know’. It pays them for what they do, or induce others to do.
You don’t become completely free by just avoiding being a slave; you also need to avoid becoming a master.
Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.
Where you stand depends on where you sit.
A wise prince will seek means by which his subjects will always and in every possible condition of things have need of his government, and then they will always be faithful to him.
I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
The heartbreaking thing is that so much is available and people want so little.
When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance.
Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.
If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.
If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.
In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued – they may be essential to survival.
The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn’t betray it I’d be ashamed of myself.
There is massive propaganda for everyone to consume. Consumption is good for profits and consumption is good for the political establishment.
To some degree it matters who’s in office, but it matters more how much pressure they’re under from the public.
The public is not to see where power lies, how it shapes policy, and for what ends. Rather, people are to hate and fear one another.
Stability is when the U.K. and U.S. invade a country and impose the regime of their choice.
We can, for example, be fairly confident that either there will be a world without war or there won’t be a world – at least, a world inhabited by creatures other than bacteria and beetles, with some scattering of others.
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.
The sign of a truly totalitarian culture is that important truths simply lack cognitive meaning and are interpretable only at the level of “Fuck You”, so they can then elicit a perfectly predictable torrent of abuse in response. We’ve long ago reached that level.
Of course it’s extremely easy to say, the heck with it. I’m just going to adapt myself to the structures of power and authority and do the best I can within them. Sure, you can do that. But that’s not acting like a decent person. You can walk down the street and be hungry. You see a kid eating an ice cream cone and you notice there’s no cop around and you can take the ice cream cone from him because you’re bigger and walk away. You can do that. Probably there are people who do. We call them “pathological.” On the other hand, if they do it within existing social structures we call them “normal.” But it’s just as pathological. It’s just the pathology of the general society.
States are violent institutions. The government of any country, including ours, represents some sort of domestic power structure, and it’s usually violent. States are violent to the extent that they’re powerful, that’s roughly accurate.
If you believe in freedom of speech, you believe in freedom of speech for views you don’t like. Goebbels was in favor of freedom of speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you’re in favor of freedom of speech, that means you’re in favor of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise.
Jesus himself, and most of the message of the Gospels, is a message of service to the poor, a critique of the rich and the powerful, and a pacifist doctrine. And it remained that way, that’s what Christianity was up… until Constantine. :Constantine shifted it so the cross, which was the symbol of persecution of somebody working for the poor, was put on the shield of the Roman Empire. It became the symbol for violence and oppression, and that’s pretty much what the church has been until the present.
Education is a system of imposed ignorance.
Social and political issues in general seem to me fairly simple; the effort to obfuscate them in esoteric and generally vacuous theory is one of the contributions of the intelligentsia to enhancing their own power and the power of those they serve.
There are plenty of things that are unknown, but are assumed reasonably to exist, even in the most basic sciences. Maybe 90 percent of the mass-energy in the universe is called “dark,” because nobody knows what it is.
Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.
Always let your reach exceed your grasp.
Apply all of your efforts to become the highest mountain of all and strain your potential until it cries for mercy.
Green grass grows where dry desert ends.
Practice the art of patience for nature never acts in haste.
So long as I can laugh, never will I be poor.
Laugh at yourself for man is most comical when he takes himself too seriously.
If you don’t want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you won’t have to work.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Anyone who lives within their means, suffers from a serious lack of imagination.
It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvelous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if only one hides it.
Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.
Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.
That which can be destroyed by the truth should be.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.
The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.
Enlightenment is a direct experience with reality.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
A ship in a harbor is a safe ship, but that’s not what ships are built for.
Freedom is the mother, not the daughter, of order.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
It is only the dead who have seen the end of war.
Life must be lived as play.
I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with.
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
Courage is a kind of salvation.
The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.
Man – a being in search of meaning.
Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.
All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
Democracy passes into despotism.
Democracy… is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails.
Philosophy is the highest music.
Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.
The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.
The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise.
Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.
The greatest penalty of evildoing – namely, to grow into the likeness of bad men.
You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.
Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind’s eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul of man has come out of the brighter light, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess of light.
When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.
This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
Seeing the lightest and gayest purple was then most in fashion, he would always wear that which was the nearest black; and he would often go out of doors, after his morning meal, without either shoes or tunic; not that he sought vain-glory from such novelties, but he would accustom himself to be ashamed only of what deserves shame, and to despise all other sorts of disgrace.
One of these centuries, the brutes, private or public, who believe that they can rule their betters by force, will learn the lesson of what happens when brute force encounters mind and force.
Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. — `Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.
He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Do what you know and perception is converted into character.
It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.
Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.
So what used to fit in a building now fits in your pocket, what fits in your pocket now will fit inside a blood cell in 25 years.
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave.
Doubt is the origin of wisdom.
The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.
Lucky accidents seldom happen to writers who don’t work. You will find that you may rewrite and rewrite a poem and it never seems quite right. Then a much better poem may come rather fast and you wonder why you bothered with all that work on the earlier poem. Actually, the hard work you do on one poem is put in on all poems. The hard work on the first poem is responsible for the sudden ease of the second. If you just sit around waiting for the easy ones, nothing will come. Get to work.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous – if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men.
The world is tragic to those who feel and comic to those who think.
Truth is treason in the empire of lies.
It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I’ve gone and come back, I’ll find it at home.
Where lowland is, that’s where water goes. All medicine wants is pain to cure.
Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.
When someone is counting out gold for you, don’t look at your hands, or the gold. Look at the giver.
The morning wind spreads its fresh smell. We must get up and take that in, that wind that lets us live. Breathe before it’s gone.
If the foot of the trees were not tied to earth, they would be pursuing me.. For I have blossomed so much, I am the envy of the gardens.
The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
The hurt you embrace becomes joy.
Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.
Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.
I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.
Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.
Reason is like an officer when the king appears. The officer then loses his power and hides himself. Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun.
Heartsick, heartbroken – to know love is to know pain. What could be more common? Even so, each broken heart is so singular that with it we probe the divine.
Be like melting snow — wash yourself of yourself.
Remember. The way you make love is the way God will be with you.
Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.
Learn the alchemy true human beings know. The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given the door will open.
A shadow cannot ignore the sun that all day creates and moves it.
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those which average eyes would see as fixed and still.
All that you think is rain is not. Behind the veil angels sometimes weep.
Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
Among the great struggles of man–good/evil, reason/unreason, etc.–there is also this mighty conflict between the fantasy of Home and the fantasy of Away, the dream of roots and the mirage of the journey.
There are few minds to which tyranny is not delightful.
Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?
Shun no toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other; yet do not devote yourself to one branch exclusively. Strive to get clear notions about all. Give up no science entirely; for science is but one.
True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong.
We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.
What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.
Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever; no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself; no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself.
Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.
You must look inward with as much wonder as you look outward, and then the two worlds merge.
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.
So far as physics is concerned, time’s arrow is a property of entropy alone.
My instinct as a philosopher is that we are effectively approaching a multicentric world, which means we need to ask new, and for the traditional left, unpleasant questions.
You could say, in a vulgar Freudian way, that I am the unhappy child who escapes into books. Even as a child, I was most happy being alone. This has not changed.
We feel free because we lack the very language to articulate our unfreedom.
This readiness to assume the guilt for the threats to our environment is deceptively reassuring: We like to be guilty since, if we are guilty, it all depends on us. We pull the strings of the catastrophe, so we can also save ourselves simply by changing our lives. What is really hard for us (at least in the West) to accept is that we are reduced to the role of a passive observer who sits and watches what our fate will be. To avoid this impotence, we engage in frantic, obsessive activities. We recycle old paper, we buy organic food, we install long-lasting light bulbs—whatever—just so we can be sure that we are doing something. We make our individual contribution like the soccer fan who supports his team in front of a TV screen at home, shouting and jumping from his seat, in the belief that this will somehow influence the game’s outcome.
For the multiculturalist, white Anglo-Saxon Protestants are prohibited, Italians and Irish get a little respect, blacks are good, native Americans are even better. The further away we go, the more they deserve respect. This is a kind of inverted, patronising respect that puts everyone at a distance.
True universalists are not those who preach global tolerance of differences and all-encompassing unity, but those who engage in a passionate struggle for the assertion of the Truth which compels them.
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.
To find yourself, think for yourself.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.
The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo.
The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way that you catch it, but only in such a way that it catches you.
There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.
What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.
Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
Art should startle the viewer into thinking about the meaning of life.
It took me better than a quarter century to learn, the hard way, that hard work at something you want to be doing is the most fun that you can have out of bed . . . to learn that the smart man finds ways to make everything he does be work; to learn that “leisure” time is truly pleasurable (indeed tolerable) only to the extent that is its subconscious grazing for information with which to infuse newer, better work.
The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death… our existence can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.
There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.
I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I’m an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.
It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then try to bring those things in to what you’re doing.
The only reward for virtue is virtue.
Sturgeon’s Law: 90% of everything is crap.
Know yourself and you will win all battles.
To achieve deep focus nowadays is also to have struck a blow against the dissipation of self; it is to have strengthened one’s essential position [in life].
Forget like a child any injury done by somebody immediately. Never keep it in the heart. It kindles hatred.
The most common form of despair is not being who you are.
Insurance companies commonly assume that death rates will decline 1 percent a year.
Intelligent information-processing must come into existence in the Universe, and, once it comes into existence, will never die out.
Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
I think work is the world’s greatest fun.
Your boss doesn’t care what you know, because the Google machine knows everything. Your boss cares about what you can do with what you know. That’s the only thing your boss will pay for.
When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
The secret of happiness is freedom. And the secret of freedom is courage.
Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.
We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.
It is not the appearance that binds you, it’s the attachment to appearance that binds you.
Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations. You have to pay attention to money, but it shouldn’t be about the money.
Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal.
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
In my heart, there are two wolves: a wolf of love and a wolf of hate. It all depends on which one I feed each day.
Nature abhors a vacuum. When a head lacks brains, nature fills it with conceit.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
In the end only three things matter: how fully you have lived, how deeply you have loved, and how well you have learned to let go.
Go where you’re celebrated; not where you’re tolerated.
It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
Belief is the wound that knowledge heals.
What she had begun to learn was the weight of liberty. Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one.
If you evade suffering, you also evade the chance of joy.
Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly structured and to struggle against entropy.
I’ll do what must be done, that only I can do.
Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.
Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.
A human being is a deciding being.
Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
All I have is a voice – To undo the folded lie, The romantic lie in the brain – Of the sensual man-in-the-street – And the lie of Authority – Whose buildings grope the sky: There is no such thing as the State – And no one exists alone; Hunger allows no choice – To the citizen or the police; We must love one another or die.
Art is not a mirror. Art is a hammer.
It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.
I not only think that we will tamper with Mother Nature, I think Mother wants us to.
A man can’t soar too high, when he flies with his own wings.
Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
The future’s here already. It’s just unevenly distributed.
To live content with small means: to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion: to be worthy, not respectable: and wealthy, not rich: to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly… To listen to stars and buds. To babes and sages. With open heart: await occasions, hurry never… This is my symphony.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
When going through hell, keep going.
Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. Our life has no end in the way in which our visual field has no limits.
The desire to change the world remains merely an abstract ideal or a political program unless it becomes the will to transform one’s own existence.
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
You can observe a lot just by watching.