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2298Elbert HubbardTo avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.Criticism
3189Winston ChurchillIt's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.Miscellaneous
4182Emile CioranEternity is absence.Eternity
6029Jean-Paul SartreWhen the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.War
4307GibbonGod is on the side of the strongest battalions.God
4293George Bernard ShawHappiness and Beauty are by-products.Happiness
6862Jiddu KrishnamurtiTo ask the 'right' question is far more important than to receive the answer. The solution of a problem lies in the understanding of the problem; the answer is not outside the problem, it is in the problem.Questions
2289Henry Louis MenckenCriticism is prejudice made plausible.Criticism
5071Robert DangoorStudents have no classSchool
4109Oscar WildeAmerica is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.America
6037Jean-Paul SartreThere are two types of poor people, those who are poor together and those who are poor alone. The first are the true poor, the others are rich people out of luck.Poverty
3670Viktor FranklSince Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake. Mankind
6938Jiddu KrishnamurtiI am asking myself what is fear not what I am afraid of. I lead a certain kind of life; I think in a certain pattern; I have certain beliefs and dogmas and I don't want those patterns of existence to be disturbed because I have my roots in them. I don't want them to be disturbed because the disturbance produces a state of unknowing and I dislike that. If I am torn away from everything I know and believe, I want to be reasonably certain of the state of things to which I am going. So the brain cells have created a pattern and those brain cells refuse to create another pattern which may be uncertain. The movement from certainty to uncertainty is what I call fear.Fear
3442AnonymousIf you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.
6854Jiddu KrishnamurtiTradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.Traditions
6656Bill NyeThe process of testing claims is called science. Now, If you have a claim that can't be tested thats what we call pseudo-science. The difference between pseudo-science and science is whether or not you can test it.Science
3882Anatole FranceIf a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.Conformism
3129E. E. CummingsTo be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.Conformism
4163George CarlinDo illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?Humour
6858Jiddu KrishnamurtiThought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.Thinking
4178Emile CioranFor life is a vice: the greatest one of all.
4201Antonio PorchiaThe fear of separation is all that unites.Human relations
4222Joseph JoubertThe talkative man speaks from his mouth, the eloquent man speaks from his heart.Talking
3200George Bernard ShawThe worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanityIndifference
6304Karl PopperBut I hold that he who teaches that not reason but love should rule opens up the way for those who rule by hate.Reason
2707Ambrose BierceWar is God's way of teaching Americans geography. War
3004Friedrich NietzscheIn individuals madness is a rarity, but in groups, parties, peoples it is the rule.Madness
3120Robert FrostEducation is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.Education
6755Paul BloomThe emotions triggered by fiction are very real.Emotions
6039Jean-Paul SartreWords are loaded pistols.Writing
5068Robert DangoorYou cannot buy happiness but you have to pay the price.Happiness
5573Steve JobsRemembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.Miscellaneous
4289George Bernard ShawObedience simulates subordination as fear of the police simulates honesty.Obedience
2143Martin LutherReason should be destroyed in all Christians.Reason and Feeling
3206Paulo FreireWashing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.Neutrality
3797Ralph PetersBeware, no matter his faith, the man who presumes to tell you what God wants.Religion
2692Henry FordWhether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.Ability
4035Pierre-Alain CotteOur mind is our main limitation.Mind
5772Woody AllenWhy does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.Mankind
5011Piero ScaruffiAt times I want to be found.Miscellaneous
4098Oscar WildeFashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.Fashion
4720Ambrose BierceCORPORATION: An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility. Economy
3452Cato the ElderAfter I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.Honour
4752Emile CioranThere is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.Life and Death
2259Henry FordDon't find fault, find a remedy.Fault
4402Johann W. von GoetheDoubt grows with knowledge.Doubting
6855Jiddu KrishnamurtiYou know, if we understand one question rightly, all questions are answered. But we don't know how to ask the right question. To ask the right question demands a great deal of intelligence and sensitivity. Here is a question, a fundamental question: is life a torture? It is, as it is; and man has lived in this torture centuries upon centuries, from ancient history to the present day, in agony, in despair, in sorrow; and he doesn't find a way out of it. Therefore he invents gods, churches, all the rituals, and all that nonsense, or he escapes in different ways. What we are trying to do, during all these discussions and talks here, is to see if we cannot radically bring about a transformation of the mind, not accept things as they are, nor revolt against them. Revolt doesn't answer a thing. You must understand it, go into it, examine it, give your heart and your mind, with everything that you have, to find out a way of living differently. That depends on you, and not on someone else, because in this there is no teacher, no pupil; there is no leader; there is no guru; there is no Master, no Saviour. You yourself are the teacher and the pupil; you are the Master; you are the guru; you are the leader; you are everything. And to understand is to transform what is.Understanding
2228Erich FrommThe only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.Richness
2359Jules RenardLove is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.Love
6791Winifred GallagherTemperamentally anxious people can have a hard time staying motivated, period, because their intense focus on their worries distracts them from their goals.Attention

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