Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thrieve Quotes - Comments and suggest a few yourself !

"To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself."

"Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe." — Alan Watts

"The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present." — Alan Watts

"Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations." — Alan Watts

"A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing." — Albert Camus

"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." — Albert Camus

"All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning." — Albert Camus

"At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face." — Albert Camus

"But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself." — Albert Camus

"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?" — Albert Camus

"Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend." — Albert Camus

"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better." — Albert Camus

"How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!" — Albert Camus

"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." — Albert Camus

"In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion." — Albert Camus

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." — Albert Camus

"It is natural to give a clear view of the world after accepting the idea that it must be clear." — Albert Camus

"Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is." — Albert Camus

"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." — Albert Camus

"You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question." — Albert Camus

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." — Albert Einstein

"The formulation of a problem is often more important than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill." — Albert Einstein

"The significant problems we face in life can not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." — Albert Ienstein

"Science fiction is the sovereign prophylactic against future shock." — Alvin Toffler

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear." — Ambrose Redmoon

"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets or steal bread." — Anatole France

"You see, Wally, the trouble with always being active and doing things is that it’s quite possible to do all sorts of things and at the same time be completely dead inside. I mean, you’re doing all these things, but are you doing them because you really feel an impulse to do them, or are you doing them mechanically, as we were saying before? Because I do believe that if you’re just living mechanically, then you have to change your life." — Andre Gregory

"One man with courage is a majority." — Andrew Jackson

"Live in the now, and never worry alone." — Anne Nash

"All great rebellions are born of private acts of civil disobedience that inspire rebel bands to plot together." — Anonymous

"In the popular imagination, *asceticism* may be considered obsessive or even masochistic in nature. However, the askēsis enjoined by religion functions in order to bring about greater freedom in various areas of one’s life (such as freedom from compulsions and temptations) and greater peacefulness of mind (with a concomitant increase in clarity and power of thought)." — Anonymous

"Lack of drama is the hallmark of competency." — Anonymous

"Really, it’s the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world who are the ones that do." — Anonymous

"Stoic: A member of a Greek school of philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium in the 3rd century BC, holding that all things, properties, relations, etc. are governed by unvarying natural laws, and that the wise man should follow virtue alone, obtained through reason, remaining indifferent to the external world and to passion or emotion." — Anonymous

"You’ll regret the things you don’t do in life more than the things you’ve done wrong." — Anonymous

"Abraham Lincoln reportedly said that, given eight hours to chop down a tree, he’d spend six sharpening his axe." — Art Evans

"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see." — Arthur Schopenhauer

"Life expectancy will be in the region of 5,000 years . . .by the year 2100." — Aubrey de Grey

"The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all." — Aung San Suu Kyi

"If I’m ever upset, I know I can just fill a cup with water and throw it up in the air." — Barnaby_Wunch

"All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move." — Benjamin Franklin

"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do." — Benjamin Franklin

"Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them." — Benjamin Franklin

"Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out." — Benjamin Franklin

"Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others." — Benjamin Franklin

"He that can have patience can have what he will." — Benjamin Franklin

"He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book." — Benjamin Franklin

"Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?" — Benjamin Franklin

"I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." — Benjamin Franklin

"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." — Benjamin Franklin

"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." — Benjamin Franklin

"It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man." — Benjamin Franklin

"In the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt." — Bertrand Russell

"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." — Bill Hicks

"To make the world a better place, you must first make the world a place." — Black Belt Bayesian

"It’s not the daily increase but decrease – hack away at the unessential." — Bruce Lee

"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." — Buddha

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become." — Buddha

"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea." — Buddha

"Be happiness itself" — Buddha

"Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely." — Buddha

"Every human being is the author of his own health or disease." — Buddha

"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." — Buddha

"Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity." — Buddha

"The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground." — Buddha

"The root cause of suffering is desire – either desire for something to change, or desire for something to stay the same." — Buddha

"Things are not what they seem. Nor are they otherwise. Deeds exist, but no doer can be found." — Buddha

"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." — Buddha

"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." — Buddha

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world." — Buddha

"When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky." — Buddha

"Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it." — Buddha

"People will call you crazy if you run away, and yet the only sane thing to do is to run away." — Capt. John Joseph Yossarian, Catch-22

"It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." — Carl Sagan

"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." — Carl Sagan

"Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." — Carl Sagan

"We are a way of the universe knowing itself." — Carl Sagan

"No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion." — Carrie Chapman Catt

"Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it." — Cesare Pavese

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than knowledge." — Charles Darwin

"If a man does only what is required of him, he is a slave. If a man does more than is required of him, he is a free man." — Chinese Proverb

"A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection." — Chuck Palahniuk

"Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism." — Chuck Palahniuk

"I used to work in a funeral home to feel good about myself, just the fact that I was breathing." — Chuck Palahniuk

"If death meant leaving the stage long enough just to change costumes and become a new character, would you speed up? Or slow down?" — Chuck Palahniuk

"It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything." — Chuck Palahniuk

"Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I’ve ever known." — Chuck Palahniuk

"People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love." — Chuck Palahniuk

"Reality means you live until you die…the real truth is nobody wants reality." — Chuck Palahniuk

"That’s the American Dream: to make your life into something you can sell." — Chuck Palahniuk

"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." — Chuck Palahniuk

"The lower you fall, the higher you’ll fly." — Chuck Palahniuk

"There are no ghosts. When you die, you’re dead. There’s no afterlife. People who claim they can see ghosts are just looking for attention. People who believe in reincarnation are just postponing their lives." — Chuck Palahniuk

"We are not special. We are not crap or trash, either. We just are. We just are, and what happens just happens." — Chuck Palahniuk

"What you don’t understand you can make mean anything." — Chuck Palahniuk

"When did the future switch from being a promise to a threat?" — Chuck Palahniuk

"You can spend your whole life building a wall of facts between you and anything real." — Chuck Palahniuk

"When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in." — D. H. Lawrence

"I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." — Diane Ackerman

"Deep and mature spirituality is rooted in wrestling with catastrophe." — Dr. Cornel West

"He who learns death unlearns slavery." — Dr. Cornel West

"I remind young people everywhere I go, one of the worst things the older generation did was to tell them for twenty-five years “Be successful, be successful, be successful” as opposed to “Be great, be great, be great”. There’s a qualititative difference." — Dr. Cornel West

"The capacity to produce social chaos is the last resort of desperate people." — Dr. Cornel West

"You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people, if you don’t serve the people." — Dr. Cornel West

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind." — Dr. Seuss

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." — E.E. Cummings

"Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it — not against it." — Eckhart Tolle

"Philosophy does not promise to secure anything external for man, otherwise it would be admitting something that lies beyond its proper subject-matter. For as the material of the carpenter is wood, and that of statuary bronze, so the subject-matter of the art of living is each person’s own life." — Epictetus

"I love sleep. My life has a tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?" — Ernest Hemingway

"To me, absurdity is the only reality." — Frank Zappa

"You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star." — Frederic Nietzsche

"All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"Everyone who has ever built anywhere a new heaven first found the power thereto in his own hell." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"Life without music would be a mistake." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, is what makes someone a friend." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"The future influences the present just as much as the past." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"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." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the way in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"What is the mark of liberation? No longer being ashamed in front of oneself." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"Dwayne: I wish I could just sleep until I was eighteen and skip all this crap-high school and everything-just skip it.
Frank: Do you know who Marcel Proust is?
Dwayne: He’s the guy you teach.
Frank: Yeah. French writer. Total loser. Never had a real job. Unrequited love affairs. Gay. Spent 20 years writing a book almost no one reads. But he’s also probably the greatest writer since Shakespeare. Anyway, he uh… he gets down to the end of his life, and he looks back and decides that all those years he suffered, Those were the best years of his life, ’cause they made him who he was. All those years he was happy? You know, total waste. Didn’t learn a thing. So, if you sleep until you’re 18… Ah, think of the suffering you’re gonna miss. I mean high school? High school-those are your prime suffering years. You don’t get better suffering than that." — from Little Miss Sunshine

"Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others." — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"Have you ever noticed… anybody going slower than you is an idiot. And anyone going faster is a maniac." — George Carlin

"Batô: ‘Chief, you ever question the ethics of the neurosurgeons who monkey around inside your brain?’
Section 9 Department 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.’" — Ghost in the Shell (movie)

"Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men." — Goethe

"A vision without action is but a dream. Action without vision is a waste of time. But vision with action can change our lives." — Greg Henry Quinn

"We are taking the sand, the inert silicon at our feet, and we are breathing a level of complexity into it that rivals life itself and may even surpass it." — Gregory Stock

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." — Hamlet: Shakespeare

"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." — Harriet Beecher Stowe

"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." — Harry Stottle

"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye." — Helen Keller

"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." — Helen Keller

"Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb." — Hugh Macleod

"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." — Indira Gandhi

"You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose." — Indira Gandhi

"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." — Isaac Asimov

"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." — Isaac Asimov

"If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them." — Isaac Asimov

"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." — Isaac Asimov

"It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be." — Isaac Asimov

"People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." — Isaac Asimov

"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom." — Isaac Asimov

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." — Isaac Asimov

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." — Isaac Asimov

"You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one." — James A. Froude

"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." — James N. Gardner

"Here’s to music, here’s to art, and may the stopping never start." — Jason Mraz

"At times inactivity is preferable to mindless functioning." — Jenny Holzer

"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." — Jesus

"Once you come to know yourselves, you will become known." — Jesus

"Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you." — Jim Rohn

"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." — Joe Landsberger, Practice of Genius

"An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support." — John Buchan

"Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all." — John Galt

"Five hundred years ago a person in error was a person searching for the truth." — John Leinhard

"Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans." — John Lennon

"A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it." — John Steinbeck

"Seeking Unity Consciousness is like jumping from one wave of experience to another in search of water. And that is why ‘there is neither path nor achievement’." — Ken Wilber

"In a thousand years from now, all the 11-dimensional charts at that time will show that “the singularity is near.” Immortal beings and global consciousness and everything else we hope for in the future may be real and present but still, a linear-log curve in 3006 will show that a singularity approaches. The singularity is not a discreet event. It’s a continuum woven into the very warp of extropic systems. It is a traveling mirage that moves along with us, as life and the technium accelerate their evolution." — Kevin Kelly

"The Earth is the Cradle of the Mind — but one cannot eternally live in a cradle." — Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

"Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river." — Lao Tse

"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." — Lao Tse

"A person who seeks knowledge knows more and more, a person who seeks enlightenment knows less and less until things are just what they are." — Lao Tzu

"At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want." — Lao Tzu

"Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you." — Lao Tzu

"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." — Lao Tzu

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." — Lao Tzu

"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." — Lao Tzu

"When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you." — Lao Tzu

"The more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase." — Leo Tolstoy

"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials." — Lin Yutang

"If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live." — Lin Yutang

"Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks." — Lin Yutang

"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." — Lin Yutang

"It is not enough to prepare our children for the world; we must also prepare the world for our children." — Luis J. Rodriquez

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." — Mahatma Gandhi

"The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted." — Mahatma Gandhi

"He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe." — Marcus Aurelius

"How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life" — Marcus Aurelius

"A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval." — Mark Twain

"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." — Mark Twain

"Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." — Mark Twain

"Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." — Mark Twain

"Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination." — Mark Twain

"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up." — Mark Twain

"The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter." — Mark Twain

"Write without pay until somebody offers to pay." — Mark Twain

"A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent." — Martin Luther King Jr.

"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." — Martin Van Buren, Governor of New York, 1830

"EXTROPY is the extent of a living or organizational system’s intelligence, functional order, vitality, energy, life, experience, and capacity and drive for improvement and growth." — Max More

"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." — Max More

"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…" — Meditations: Marcus Aurelius

"What have I to do with worldly things? My connection with the world is like that of a traveler resting for a while underneath the shade of a tree and then moving on." — Muhammad

"Your fingernails grow about one nanometer per second." —

"Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves." — Nathaniel Branden

"Today, modernity requires that each of us navigate a blizzard of information. How this maelstrom of data is interpreted and synthesized constructs an individual’s paradigm. However, the qualities of the data are subject to a Catch-22: while the data works to describe an individual’s paradigm, an individual’s paradigm likewise works to describe the data… With so much accessible information, yet so little certainty, are our interpretations more complex or confused, more varied or more refined? Is the course of progress more accessible, or more elusive?" — Nick Lepard

"All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume." — Noam Chomsky

"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." — Noam Chomsky

"If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion." — Noam Chomsky

"Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two." — Octavio Paz

"Always let your reach exceed your grasp." — Og Mandino

"Apply all of your efforts to become the highest mountain of all and strain
your potential until it cries for mercy." — Og Mandino

"Green grass grows where dry desert ends." — Og Mandino

"I need not wait for I have the power to choose my own destiny." — Og Mandino

"Laugh at yourself for man is most comical when he takes himself too
seriously." — Og Mandino

"My desire to meet the world will overcome every fear I once knew, and I will be happier than I ever believed it possible to be in this world of strife and sorrow." — Og Mandino

"Practice the art of patience for nature never acts in haste." — Og Mandino

"So long as I can laugh, never will I be poor." — Og Mandino

"If you don’t want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you won’t have to work." — Ogden Nash

"Anyone who lives within their means, suffers from a serious lack of imagination." — Oscar Wilde

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." — Oscar Wilde

"That which can be destroyed by the truth should be." — P.C. Hodgell

"If humanity wishes to save itself from biospheric destruction, it must return to living in natural time." — Pacal Votan

"Travel is glamorous only in retrospect." — Paul Theroux

"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive." — Pearl Buck

"Enlightenment is a direct experience with reality." — Pema Chodron

"The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new." — Pema Chodron

"The supreme arrogance of religious thinking: that a carbon-based bag of mostly water on a speck of iron-silicate dust around a boring dwarf star in a minor galaxy in an underpopulated local group of galaxies in an unfashionable suburb of a supercluster would look up at the sky and declare, ‘It was all made so that I could exist!" — Peter Walker

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"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." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Because we’re *doubling the rate of progress* every decade, we’ll see a century of progress, at today’s rate, in only 25 calendar years." — Ray Kurzweil

"By the 2030s, the nonbiological portion of our intelligence will predominate." — Ray Kurzweil

"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." — Ray Kurzweil

"Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave." — Remez Sasson

"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." — Robert Green Ingersoll

"Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently." — Rosa Luxemburg

"There is a circle here that links us to one another: we each want to be happy; the social feeling of love is one of our greatest sources of happiness; and love entails that we be concerned for the happiness of others. We discover that we can be selfish together." — Sam Harris

"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can absolutely do him no good." — Samuel Johnson

"A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary." — Seneca the Younger

"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?" — Seneca the Younger

"Precepts or maxims are of great weight; and a few useful ones on hand do more to produce a happy life than the volumes we can’t find." — Seneca the Younger

"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." — Seneca the Younger

"Sometimes even to live is an act of courage." — Seneca the Younger

"The point is, not how long you live, but how nobly you live." — Seneca the Younger

"There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those whom people in general take to be happy." — Seneca the Younger

"There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage." — Seneca the Younger

"True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong." — Seneca the Younger

"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." — Seneca the Younger

"What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more." — Seneca the Younger

"When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy." — Seneca the Younger

"When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people." — Seneca the Younger

"Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." — Seneca the Younger

"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." — Seneca the Younger

"Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars." — Serbian proverb

"You must look inward with as much wonder as you look outward, and then the two worlds merge." — Seth, oceanofmind.tumblr

"Whenever I catch sight of others, by thinking, ‘it is through them, that I will reach awakening,’ I’ll look with sincerity and love." — Shantideva

"In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few." — Shunryu Suzuki

"True knowledge originates in direct experience." — Siddhartha Gautama

"The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be." — Socrates

"The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance." — Socrates

"People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something." — Soren Kierkegaard

"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use." — Soren Kierkegaard

"People understand me so poorly that they don’t even understand my complaint about them not understanding me." — Soren Kierkegaard

"Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own." — Soren Kierkegaard

"Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings." — Soren Kierkegaard

"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." — Soren Kierkegaard

"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." — Soren Kierkegaard

"There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming." — Soren Kierkegaard

"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." — Soren Kierkegaard

"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." — Spider Robinson

"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." — Stephen Hawking

"I believe that the ultimate existential challenge to humanity will be the growing suspicion that our self-revered intelligence, consciousness, and self-importance are only neural network-induced illusions." — Stephen Thaler on Imagination Machines

"Rapture believers wait for an external God to save them, independent of human effort. Programming a transhuman AI, on the other hand, is something we humans can do. The singularitarian worldview is sometimes claimed to encourage an attitude of passive waiting. I think that’s an unfair accusation; it actually encourages going out and solving problems, just through a different approach." — Steven Smithee

"Follow where reason leads." — Stoic Ethics

"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]." — Sven Birkerts, on the importance of reading real books.

"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]." — Sven Birkerts, on the importance of reading real books.

"Is there no way out of the mind?" — Sylvia Plath

"Arch-Anarchy: The view that we should seek to void all limits on our freedom, including those imposed by the laws of nature." — T.O. Morrow

"Omne ignotum pro magnifico est. (We have great notions of everything unknown.)" — Tacitus

"Insurance companies commonly assume that death rates will decline 1 percent a year." —

"The cultural operating system we have, Consumer Capitalism 5.0 or whatever it is…actually has bugs in it that generate contradictions…such as…cutting the earth from beneath our own feet…poisoning the atmosphere that we breathe. This is not intelligent behavior. This is a culture with a bug in its operating system that’s making it produce erratic dysfunctional behavior. Time to call a tech and…the shamans are the techs." — Terence McKenna

"Intelligent information-processing must come into existence in the Universe, and, once it comes into existence, will never die out." — The Anthropic Principle

"The farther one travels, the less one knows." — The Beatles

"Time is elastic." — The People of Jamaica

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though chequered by failure, than to take rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." — Theodore Roosevelt

"I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work." — Thomas Edison

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good." — Thomas Paine

"It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men." — Thucydides

"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." — Thucydides

"The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage." — Thucydides

"I’ll do what must be done, that only I can do." — Valentine Wiggin

"Extropy: a concept that life, not being limited by entropy, will continue to expand throughout the universe as a result of human intelligence and technology." —

"I not only think that we will tamper with Mother Nature, I think Mother wants us to." — Willard Gaylin

"Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." — William Faulkner

"The future’s here already. It’s just unevenly distributed." — William Gibson

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