The real nature of an ethic is that it does not become an ethic unless and until it goes into action.
There is nothing that makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.
The strange and beautiful thing about now is that it never leaves you and it doesn't change, the field of now. Because the essence of now is the unconditioned consciousness, the field in which all phenomena happen.
Man, a being in search of meaning.
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
Doublethink to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed.
'Doublethink" means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
Moral values, if you want to use them correctly, begin with love of your fellow man. And if they teach, not love, but hatred, if they teach you to be certain that your fellow man is part of what the Christians once, when they wanted to beat up on Jews, then it is the call to war, it is the call to fascism, and it makes God into Hitler!
Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.
The meaning of life is that it stops.
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?
Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.
One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.
Ideas are one thing, and what happens is another.
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act, but I do believe in a fate that falls on men unless they act.
Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
The early bird gets the worm,but the early worm gets eaten.
I believe with all my heart that civilization has produced nothing finer than a man or woman who thinks and practices true tolerance.
If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something wrong with you.
All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them.
What can we know? What are we all? Poor silly half-brained things peering out at the infinite, with the aspirations of angels and the instincts of beasts.
All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
The "control of nature" is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and the convenience of man.
Originality is not seen in single words or even sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.
It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be.
I don't know what's coming next and neither does anyone else. It's something that we do have to face but the thing is that a lot of people don't want to face it. And there's denial. If somebody says it, like me, everybody feels a little better that they can discuss it.
It is curious how there seems to be an instinctive disgust in Man for his nearest ancestors and relations. If only Darwin could conscientiously have traced man back to the Elephant or the Lion or the Antelope, how much ridicule and prejudice would have been spared to the doctrine.
We are not powerless specks of dust drifting around in the wind, blown by random destiny. We are, each of us, like beautiful snowflakes, unique, and born for a specific reason and purpose.
Men try to run life according to their wishes, life runs itself according to necessity.
They say there are two important days in a your life. The day you were born, and the day you find out why you were born.
The great human dogma is that the wind moves the trees. The great human heresy is that the trees move the wind.
That is really why we are here, to evolve as human beings. To grow into being more of ourselves.