Quotes


1. *Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by
being governed by those who are dumber.-aristotle

2. Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
-- Albert Einstein

3. In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep. -- Albert Einstein

4. *Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. --Albert Einsein

5. It is not known with what weapon World War III will be fought,
but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
-- Albert Einstein

6. If I have seen farther than other men, it is because I stood on the
shoulders of giants.
-- Sir Isaac Newton

7. *Of all victories the first and greatest is for a man to
conquer himself.
-- Plato

8. ~My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll
be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher.
-- Socrates (470-399 B.C.)

9. *Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not
believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your
religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority
of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because
they have been handed down for many generations. But after
observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees
with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and
all, then accept it and live up to it.
-- Buddha

10. Only two things are certain: the universe and human stupidity;
and I'm not certain about the universe.
-- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

11. Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.
-Anon.

12. *The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
-Robert Byrne

13. *It's not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It's what you do with your life that counts.
-Millard Fuller

14. May you live every day of your life.
-Jonathan Swift

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

16. "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream. Wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams. World losers and
world forsakers, for whom the pale moon gleams. Yet we are movers and the shakers of the world forever it seems."
-Arthur O'Shaunessey

17. All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.
-Anon.

18. *The Hacker's Manifesto - by The Mentor

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Another one got caught today, it’s all over the papers. “Teenager Arrested in Computer Crime Scandal”, "Hacker Arrested after Bank Tampering.” “Damn
kids. They’re all alike.” But did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1950s technobrain, ever take a look behind the eyes of the hacker? Did you
ever wonder what made him tick, what forces shaped him, what may have molded him? I am a hacker, enter my world. Mine is a world that begins
with school. I’m smarter than most of the other kids, this crap they teach us bores me. “Damn underachiever. They’re all alike.” I’m in junior high or high
school. I’ve listened to teachers explain for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction. I understand it. “No, Ms. Smith, I didn’t show my work. I did it
in my head.” “Damn kid. Probably copied it. They’re all alike.” I made a discovery today. I found a computer. Wait a second, this is cool. It does what
I want it to. If it makes a mistake, it’s because I screwed it up. Not because it doesn’t like me, or feels threatened by me, or thinks I’m a smart ass, or
doesn’t like teaching and shouldn’t be here. Damn kid. All he does is play games. They’re all alike. And then it happened...a door opened to a
world...rushing through the phone line like heroin through an addict’s veins, an electronic pulse is sent out, a refuge from day-to-day incompetencies
is sought...a board is found. “This is it...this is where I belong...” I know everyone here...even if I’ve never met them, never talked to them, may never
hear from them again...I know you all...Damn kid. Tying up the phone line again. They’re all alike...You bet your ass we’re all alike...we’ve been
spoon-fed baby food at school when we hungered for steak...the bits of meat that you did let slip through were pre-chewed and tasteless. We’ve
been dominated by sadists, or ignored by apathetic. The few that have something to teach found us willing pupils, but those few are like drops of water in
the desert. This is our world now...the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty and the baud. We make use of a service already existing
without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn’t run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore...and you call us criminals.
We seek after knowledge...and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias...and you call us criminals.
You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals.
Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of
outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for. I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can't
stop us all...after all, we’re all alike.

-the mentor

20. A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
- John Perry Barlow

21. *I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.
-Kahlil Gibran, "A Handful of Sand on the Shore"

22. ~Half the world is composed of idiots, the other half of people clever enough to take indecent advantage of them.
-Walter Kerr

23. *Society is one vast conspiracy for carving one into the kind of statue likes, and then placing it in the most convenient niche it has.
-Randolph Bourne, Youth and Life

24. *All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.
-Orison Swett Marden

25. *Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.
-Anna Freud

26. *To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, an they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

27. *You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
-Naguib, Mahfouz

28. *Why is there something-when there could be nothing?
-???? (sorry)

29. *Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect.
-Mark Twain

30. *Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

31. *All censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current
conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships.
-George Bernard Shaw

32. ~The world holds two classes of men - intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence. -Abu'l-Ala-Al-Ma'arri (973-1057)

33. I used to think math was no fun
'Cause I couldn't see how it was done.
Now Euler's my hero
For I now see why 0
=e^(i*pi) + 1.
-Unknown

34. I've asked them "What is your greatest fear?" Alot of people say heights or snakes or spiders.. "being alone" is the most common non-physical answer.
Mine personally is settling for being like everyone. A secretary with a husband who doesnt understand me. A dog, a minivan, and a mortgage.
Really I'm afraid of failing to do my "potential" any credit. -?????

35. *One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year."
--Albert Einstein

36. *I had already learnt that even the finest mind is bound to perish if it suffers the infection of journalism. It is not merely that one defiles the mind by inflicting upon it slipshod and inaccurate English, shallow, commonplace, vulgar, hasty and prejudiced thought, and deliberate dissipation. Apart from these positive pollutions, there is the negative effect. To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worth while. The natural laziness of the mind tempts one to eschew authors who demand a continuous effort of intelligence. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.
-Aleister Crowley

37. The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding.
-Proverbs 10:20-22

38. *The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
Proverbs 15:13-15

39. *The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.
-Albert Einstein

40. *For us believing physicists, the distinction between the past, the present, and the future is only an illusion.
-Albert Einstein

41. When a cat is dropped, it always lands on its feet, and when toast is dropped, it always lands with the buttered side facing down. I propose to strap buttered toast to the back of a cat; the two will hover, spinning inches above the ground. With a giant buttered cat array, a high-speed monorail could easily link New York with Chicago.
-Brain of Brian

42. *One is not an elder by virtue of having white hair. One is just advanced in years, and called "grown old in vain". He in whom there is truthfulness, non violence, restraint and self control, however - that wise and faultless sage is to be called an elder.
-260, 261 (Buddhism)

43. *There's no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.
-Abraham Lincoln

44. *If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
-Einstein

45. Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them."
-Nathaniel Hawthorne

46. *We don't live in the world of reality, we live in the world of how we perceive reality."
-Bryan Singer, director of "The Usual Suspects"

47. Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules. Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives.
-John Stuart Mill

48. *Education is very important. School, however, is another matter.
Randolph Bourne

49. ~He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.
-anon

50. *I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings."
-einstein

51. Most of us came along ever so slowly. We went from one world into another that was almost exactly like it, forgetting right away where we had come from, not caring where we were headed, living for the moment. Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock? A Thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand! And then another hundred lives until we began to learn that there is such a thing as perfection, and another hundred again to get the idea that our purpose for living is to find that perfection and show it forth.....[W]e choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.
-Jonathan Livingston Seagull

52. *Do not become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin.
-Ivan Petrovich Pavlov

53. *Our most valuable possesions are those which can be shared without lessening: Those which, when shared, multiply. Our least valuable possesions are those which, when divided, are diminished.
-anon

54. *I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
- Mark Twain

55. A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain-then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system?
- Robert A. Heinlein

56. ~The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance...logic can be happily tossed out the window.
- Stephen King

57. *Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
- Bertrand Russell

58. *War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
- Bertrand Russell

59. *One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
- Plato

60. When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.
- Jonathan Swift

61. Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

62. *Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
- Jules de Gaultier

63. It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. -
Albert Einstein

64, It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
- William G. McAdoo

65. *Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
- George Bernard Shaw

66. Ninety-nine percent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion.
- Thornton Wilder

67. If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
- Thomas Szasz

68. Anarchy is not chaos, but order with out control.
– David Layson

69. The young always have the same problem- how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have *now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
– George Chapman

70. *The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think-rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.
– Bill Beattie

71. I've been thinking with my gut since I was 14 yera sold and frankly speaking ive come to the conclusion that my guts have shit for brains.
- - High Fidelity

72. "That's the trouble with people who have nothing interesting to think about; they talk."
-- GP Greenwood

73. *It's important to note that the law of karma isn't due to a god's judgment over a person's behavior; it's closer to Newtons law of motion -- every action has an equal and opposite reaction. It happens automatically, of its own accord.
- Howstuffworks.com

74. *emotions are like colors, there are no "bad" ones
-Seth (in other words)

75. No fear. No distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.
-Fight Club

76. Narrator: This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time.
-Fight Club

77. Tyler Durden: Our generation has had no Great Depression, no Great War. Our war is a spiritual war. Our depression is our lives.
-Fight Club

78. *Tyler Durden: You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.
-Fight Club

79. *Tyler Durden: We were raised on television to believe that we'd all be millionares, movie gods, rock stars, but we won't. And we're starting to figure that out.
-Fight Club

80. Tyler Durden: You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else.
-Fight Club

81. ~Tyler Durden: It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything.
-Fight Club

82. *Tyler Durden: The things you own end up owning you.
-Fight Club

83. Tyler Durden: You just had a near-life experience.
-Fight Club

84. Narrator: Look, no one takes this more seriously than me! That condo was my life, okay? I loved every stick of furniture in that place. That was not just a bunch of stuff that got destroyed, that was ME! [voice-over] I'd like to thank the Academy...
-Fight Club

85. Tyler Durden: Forget about what you think you know about life.
-Fight Club

86. *"There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it."
George Bernard Shaw

87. *Philosophy and common sense, especially in the narrow, technical sense of that term, have an intimate relationship with one another. Common sense holds many opinions about Reality, but it holds these opinions in a vague and confused way. These opinions have not been subjected to rigorous and critical examination. Common sense tends to accept opinions without realizing the many implications they contain and interrelationships they have. Often, then, common sense is unable to defend its opinions against attack, even when those opinions are true and conform to a philosophical realism.
-by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D.

88. *"Religions are different roads converging on the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads so long as we reach the same goal? I believe that all religions of the world are true more or less. I say 'more or less' because I believe that everything the human hand touches, by reason of the very fact that human beings are imperfect, becomes imperfect."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

89. "Absolute truth is indestructible. Being indestructible, it is eternal. Being eternal, it is self-existent. Being self-existent, it is infinite. Being infinite, it is vast and deep. Being vast and deep, it is transcendental and intelligent. It is because it is vast and deep that it contains all existence. It is because it is infinite and eternal that it fulfills or perfects all existence."
-- Confucious

90. *"...sooner or later nuclear physics and the psychology of the unconscious will draw closer together as both of them, independently of one another and from opposite directions, push forward into transcendental territory..."
-- Carl Jung

91. *"What is Truth? A difficult question; but I have solved it for myself by saying that it is what the 'voice within' tells you."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

92. *"I do dimly perceive that whilst everything around me is ever-changing, ever-dying, underlying all that changing is a Living Power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves, and recreates. That informing Power or Spirit is God. And since nothing else that I see merely through the senses can or will persist, He alone IS."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

93. *"No [TV] show challenges the assumption that the unexamined life is the only life worth living."
Ben Stein, "The View From Sunset Boulevard"

94. *"The believer always hears what he wants to hear, no matter what the prophet actually says."
Joseph Schumpeter

95. ~"... I can have no other notion of all the other governments that I see or know, than that they are a conspiracy of the rich, who on pretence of managing the public only pursue their own private ends ..."
Sir Thomas More, "Utopia"

96. *"Let us abolish policemen who carry clubs and revolvers and put in a squad of poets armed to the teeth with poems on Spring and Love."
Samuel Clemens

97. "You think one more divorce won't hurt you, and after that you say to yourself you'll quit. But the craving still grips you. You have to have another and another and another. You become an addict. Very sad."
P.G. Wodehouse, "French Leave"

98. "I had before seen with mine own eyes how men could be more swinish than pigs, more savage than lions, more lustful than goats, more envious than dogs, more unruly than horses, more stupid than asses, more mad for drink than the brutes, craftier than foxes, greedier than wolves, sillier than apes, and more poisonous than asps and toads."
Hans Jacob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, "The Adventures of Simplicius Simplicissimus"

99. *"Liberty lies in the rights of that person whose views you find most odious."
John Stuart Mill

100. *"The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking."
Martin Heidegger "Being and Time"

101. What're quantum mechanics?
I don't know. People who repair quantums, I suppose.
- Terry Pratchett, Eric

102. I feel like I am setting a part of myself out to sea like a message in a bottle. Who will find it? Who will think it's stupid and throw it away to ride the waves of interest again? Who will keep it, perhaps even treasure it, as a memento of a wandering soul which floated in one day, to touch your own like flotsam bumping. I am happy to be here.
-ironbutterfly

103. *From the time of birth you abey the mother hen and accept her word as law. You become somewhat robotic. You curl up into a ball escaping all the rules and regulations in life and expand your imagination beyond the walls that surround you into a world that you cant wait to enter. But now, hiding within the roomwhich sperates you from the real world, youbegin to peck at the walls chiseling out a window to whats to come. You peep out through the hole and realize that there is so much to discover. You peel away at your shell, piece by piece. You step out onto new grounds of opportunity, horizons, dreams and risks, but you realize that the light at the end of your tunnel is becoming more radiant as each day passes. Its time to step out of the nest and get a taste of the reality that you have longed for. And you realize that life is a stage. However, you're not the puppet but the puppeteer and life is what you make of it. So why would you conform to what society has you believing is acceptable. dont accept the critcisms, evils, stereotypes, and ignorance but do accept only your beliefs whether or not individuals diagree and snarl at you because you are your own person. You are the leader of the flock. So spread your wings and fly for you are free likea bird to soar an you reah your highest goals.
-ZTAgirl

104. ~I walk out into the city. The sun rises and I wince, but it does not harm me, I walk as in a fog through the motions of ordinary life, in slow motion as if I am underwater. Revelations break over me as I walk down the streets, like a sheep blocked in on all sides by the pressing bodies of other men, smelling of soap and sweat and skin. I go to work and sit at my desk, under the singing lights. And they suck the life out of me here in this bland world. I long for the ever more brilliant colors of my dreams, to be away from this place of filth. And they overcome me so that I do not know if the reality I have known all of my life is the One True Reality. I do not think that it is.
-IronButterfly

105. *I go to work. I come home. I watch TV. Or read. I do a million chores that I “have” to do for some reason. I pay my bills. I wax my car. I do ten thousand completely meaningless activities to fill up the time—and then wonder where that time went and why I haven’t gotten anything constructive done. Not one of these endless activities is going to matter one whit in the grand scheme. So why bother? Why not commit great acts?
-Ironbutterfly

106. *Most people know what this feels like. Most people have seen a hair in someone's eye, and when they reached towards this person to get it out, the other person smacked them in the face. My life is the most extreme version of this mockery of empathy. I am walking around a crowded planet full of people who have the most hideous jagged things sticking into parts of their body, and every single time I see the thing I want to grab it and yank it out, but every time I try this the person will undoubtedly pull a jagged thing out of their pocket and shove it into me.

Instead I am forced, whilst looking at this thing stuck in their ear, to sit down, and have a pleasant conversation, which I only hope will eventually clue them in to the fact that something funny is not quite right about the left side of their head. Most of the time they will never get to the point where they feel comfortable removing it. My only solace is that they might chip away at it a little, and remove a few little pieces.

There are no mirrors in my world. And seeing these grotesque injuries from day to day only makes me realize that I must have equally grotesque injuries that I myself cannot see. I often urge people to look me over for them so that I can take them out. Often this leads to people pointing out, "Oh, here's one" and then I go to remove it and there isn't anything there. This usually leads to me saying, "Oh, I see why you saw something there, let me remove this hair from your eye." Smack.

It is at this time, when I most get the urge to roll around in a pile of nails so that I will have so many problems that I will no longer have to see the problems of other people.
-Todd Cesere

107. Heroine feels great, I've heard, but it eventually takes its toll, and it's also one of the hardest things to quit. I've never tried heroine, but I've tried religion, and I would naively assert that maybe heroine isn't as hard to quit as Christianity. I still feel the withdrawal quite often, and am angry that I was given this drug before I had a chance to reject it."
-Todd Cesere

108. *All I want is to sit around and ponder absolutes, occasionally performing absurd experiments with my surroundings
-todd

109. "You were born into a state of grace. It is impossible for you to leave it. You will die in a state of grace whether or not special words are spoken for you, or water or oil is poured upon your head. You share this blessing with the animals and all other living things. You cannot fall out of grace, nor can it be taken from you."
- Seth

110. *In religions, it seems you have to pick and choose what you believe, taking the threads of truth and discarding the crap. As Jules said last night, "I was raised Presbyterian, but you don't see me going around calling myself a Presbyterian, dern it!" He instead embraced something entirely different. Personally, I've taken what I like from a variety of religions and basically made my own. My beliefs coincide with many religions, but they also have my own little personal touch, and on the whole level, collectively, they might be hard for most people to swallow. Like, yeah, maybe this sounds weird, but I don't believe in Hell — but I believe in the prescence of Evil. Beliefs can't always be justified, or reasoned away. They're stuck to the individual, and that's what the individual believes. Who's to say that you're so right, and they're so wrong? It's one thing to try and "enlighten" someone to your way of thinking — it's called expanding ones mind, creating a brain wrinkle. And if you let them "enlighten" you, you're both the winners. But it's something else entirely to force your beliefs on someone; that takes on hazy visions of forced confessions and concentration camps. The word "Nazi" seems to linger vaguely in the back of ones mind...
-Sulkingblackstar

111. Memory Garden
--by Robert M. Clarke

Lengthening shadows bring memories
Of days that have passed us by;
And I think of time and I think of life,
And I sometimes wonder why
That time can't be stayed and enjoyed without loss
As the sun and earth and sky.
And the more I think, the more I am sure
That nothing can ever be lost,
That time is the garden of memory
And life is part of the cost.
So we trade our lives for those memories
And we live each golden day,
And the flowers we grow in our garden
May have petals bright and gay,
Or they may be dark and depressing things
If we live our lives that way.
So each one may choose and invest his time,
For time is a part of the cost;
And each one must live with his memories
For nothing can ever be lost.

111.5. *I would give anything
To be free
Free from all
Responabilities
Imposed on me
By the society
That has raised me.
I would give anything
To be free
To do what I want
When I want
And how I want
But this strict society
Won't let me.
I would give anything
To be free
Of the stereotypes
Placed on me
By people who've
Never met me
But still judge me
Incorrectly
Thanks to this
Wonderful society.
I would give anything
To be free
Of the hatred
Inside me
Around me
Directed at me
And my family,
Friends, and neighbors,
And even the people
Unknown to me,
The hatered brought on
By a society
Of hateful people
I've never even met.
I would give anything
To be free
Of all the things
That will lead
To the downfall
Of our society.
-unknown

112. *"Work, work, work…and on and on and on…This is not the way of the one who seeks but only to live in joy. This is the way of the slave or the one controlled by the circumstances to seek a way to exist in a chaotic world. The world is a beautiful place. It is a place created to assist the souls who come here to play and experience Godness in the physical reality, not just in the form of thought. Earth is meant for joy, for learning and experiencing. Now is the time to remind others of this joy, for they are too quick to forget."
-A Road Less Traveled
--by Ornesha De Paoli

113. "Sports is another crucial example of the indoctrination system . . . It offers people something to pay attention to that is of no importance . . . It keeps them from worrying about things that matter to their lives that they might have an idea of something about . . . People have the most exotic information and understanding about all sorts of arcane issues . . . It's a way of building us irrational attitudes of submission to authority, and group cohesion behind leadership elements, in fact its training in irrational jingoism . . . That's why energy is devoted to supporting them . . . and advertisers are willing to pay for them."
-Noam Chomsky from Manufacturing Consent

114. When people have lost their authentic personal taste, they lose their personality and become the instruments of other people's wills.
-Robert Graves

115. You usually see people thus affected in public places, lurking around a piece of machinery, such as a car or a boat. They bask in its radiance, act respectful and imply knowledge about its quality and providence. They act as they feel that they should act, making sure that others see them acting this way in the presence of the thing. They can only communicate with each other through the medium of the object, the cold piece of metal, in the presence of which they feel that they can speak to each other and actually show some emotion and interact.
-http://www.verdant.net/society.htm

116. These forces are manifested as consumerism: At first a growing number of pleasant conveniences for housewives in the 1950s, then a car for everyone with the gradual erosion of transit, then the ubiquitousness of things and chemical products technologically unimaginable a few decades earlier, then growing availability of consumer credit and debt, the over-dependence on labor-saving devices, total dependence on the car and absolute necessity of full time work, the two income household to pay for more and more, then the importation of cheaper and cheaper goods and the disappearance of manufacturing jobs and now the decline of service work with professionals next to be downsized...where will it end? When America looks like some faded Third World fragment of the old British Empire? An overpopulated wasteland of pollution, eroded landscapes and hungry people digging into landfills for salvageables?
-http://www.verdant.net/society.htm

117. "Humans are rational animals"
-Aristotle

118. "Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear-kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor-with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it ..."
- General Douglas MacArthur, 1957

119. "Once a government resorts to terror against its own population to get what it wants, it must keep using terror against its own population to keep what it wants. A government that terrorizes its own people can never stop. If such a government ever lets the fear subside and rational thought return to the populace, that government is finished."
- Michael Rivero

120. "A country that punishes people simply for being different, for exploring the rich diversity of human experience, or for experimenting with alternate lifestyles is a country condemned to pettiness, vindictiveness, crushing conformity, oppression, decay, and ultimately death. A nation that tolerates or, preferably, celebrates diversity, exploration, and experimentation—is strong, dynamic, creative, alive; its citizenry mature, responsible, and able to make rational choices."
-http://www.mcwilliams.com/books/aint/217.htm

121. He that cannot reason is a fool; he that will not is a bigot; he that dare not is a slave.
-Andrew Carnegie, 1835-1919

122. Reason is experimental intelligence, conceived after the pattern of science, and used in the creation of social arts; it has something to do. It liberates man from the bondage of the past, due to ignorance and accident hardened into custom. It projects a better future and assists man in its realization. And its operation is always subject to test in experience... The principles which man projects as guides... are not dogmas. They are hypotheses to be worked out in practice, and to be rejected, corrected and expanded as they fail or succeed in giving our present experience the guidance it requires. We may call them programmes of action, but since they are to be used in making our future acts less blind, more directed, they are flexible. Intelligence is not something possessed once for all. It is in constant process of forming, and its retention requires constant alertness in observing consequences, an open-minded will to learn and courage in re-adjustment.
-John Dewey

123. I have an almost complete disregard of precedent and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things always have been done . . . I defy the tyranny of precedent. I cannot afford the luxury of a closed mind. I go for anything new that might improve the past.
-Clara Barton

124. Science is not the affirmation of a set of beliefs but a process of inquiry aimed at building a testable body of knowledge constantly open to rejection or confirmation. In science, knowledge is fluid and certainty fleeting. That is at the heart of its limitations. It is also its greatest strength.
-Michael Shermer

125. I wish to propose for the reader's favourable consideration a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctrine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true.
-Bertrand Russell

126. The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
-Robert Maynard Hutchins

127. Faith is a cop-out. It is intellectual bankruptcy. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can't be taken on its own merits.
-Dan Barker

128. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is a good as dead; his eyes are closed.
-Albert Einstein, 1879-1955

129. A human being is part of the whole, called by us '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 affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compasion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
-Albert Einstein

130. Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought.
-Graham Greene

131. "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
- Einstien

132. This crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines not able to take care of themselves."
-Robert Ingersoll

133. "A believer is a bird in a cage. A freethinker is an eagle parting the clouds with tireless wing."
-Robert Ingersoll

134. "When I became convinced that the Universe is natural - that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood, the sense, the feeling, of the joy of freedom. The walls of my prison crumbled and fell, the dungeon was flooded with light and all the bolts, and bars, and manacles became dust."
-Robert Ingersoll

135. "If you think your belief is based upon reason, you will support it by argument rather than by persecution, and will abandon it if the argument goes against you. But if your belief is based upon faith, you will realize that argument is useless, and will therefore resort to force either in the form of persecution or by stunting or distorting the minds of the young in what is called 'education'."
-Bertrand Russell

136. "Out of all of the sects in the world, we notice an uncanny coincidence: the overwhelming majority just happen to choose the one that their parents belong to. Not the sect that has the best evidence in its favour, the best miracles, the best moral code, the best cathedral, the best stained glass, the best music: when it comes to choosing from the smorgasbord of available religions, their potential virtues seem to count for nothing, compared to the matter of heredity. This is an unmistakable fact; nobody could seriously deny it. Yet people with full knowledge of the arbitrary nature of this heredity, somehow manage to go on believing in their religion, often with such fanaticism that they are prepared to murder people who follow a different one."
-Richard Dawkins

137. "In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion."
- Carl Sagan

138. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
-- Margaret Mead

139. "The great end in religious instruction, is not to stamp our minds upon the young, but to stir up their own; not to make them see with our eyes, but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own; not to give them a definite amount of knowledge, but to inspire a fervent love of truth; not to form an outward regularity, but to touch inward springs; not to bind them by ineradicable prejudices to our particular sect or peculiar notions, but to prepare them for impartial, conscientious judging of whatever subjects may be offered to their decision; not to burden memory, but to quicken and strengthen the power of thought;"
-- William Channing

140. "Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel."
-- Horace Walpole

141. "I do not think it is necessary to believe that the same God who has given us our senses, reason, and intelligence wished us to abandon their use, giving us by some other means the information that we could gain through them." (ibid., p. 226)
-- Galileo Galilei

142. "Science has never sought to ally herself with civil power. She has never subjected anyone to mental torment, physical torment, least of all death, for the purpose of promoting her ideas."
-- John W. Draper (1811-1882) U.S. chemist

143. "Theologian: An uncommon individual who, though possessing finite abilities, has been called by God himself who, though possessing infinite abilities, requires the assistance of the former in explaining Himself to the rest of us." [Translation: if God existed, theologians would be out of work.]"
-- "Rev." Donald Morgan

144. "The most ridiculous concept ever perpetrated by H.Sapiens is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of the Universes, wants the sacharrine adoration of his creations, that he can be persuaded by their prayers, and becomes petulant if he does not recieve this flattery. Yet this ridiculous notion, without one real shred of evidence to bolster it, has gone on to found one of the oldest, largest and least productive industries in history."
-- Robert A. Heinlein

145. "However sugarcoated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism must start with a belief in some group's greater right to power, whether that right is justified by sex, race, class, religion, or all four. However far it may expand, the progression inevitably rests on unequal power and airtight roles within the family."
-- Gloria Steinem

146. "Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?"
-- Epicurus

147. "The exercise of all the senses is as intense pleasure, as anyone will find, who recovers the use of one after being deprived of it." p. 155-6
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

148. "Heaven walks among us ordinarily muffled in such triple or tenfold disguises that the wisest are deceived and no one suspects the days to be gods." p. 342
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

149. "We shall not cease from explorations
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
-- T. S. Eliot from Four Quartets as quoted in Doubt & Certainty (p. 1)

150. "[When a young person loses faith in his religion because he begins to study science and its methodology] it isn't that [through the obtaining of real knowledge that] he knows it all, but he suddenly realizes that he doesn't know it all." (p. 36)
-- Richard P. Feynman

151. "Scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge in uncertainty, but they appear to be so deep and so impressive that the theory that it is all arranged as a stage for God to watch man's struggle for good and evil seems inadequate." (p. 39)
-- Richard P. Feynman

152. "Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do on a Sunday afternoon."
-- Susan Ertz

153. "Like all religions, the Holy Religion of the Invisible Pink Unicorn is based upon both Logic and Faith. We have Faith that She is Pink; we Logically know that She is Invisible, because we can't see Her."
-- Sources unknown

154. "The pig is taught by sermons and epistles to think that God has snout and bristles."
-- Sources unknown

155. "I am treated as evil by those who feel persecuted because they are not allowed to force me to believe as they do."
-- Sources unknown

156. "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them."
-- George Bernard Shaw

157. "The theory that you should always treat the religious convictions of other people with respect finds no support in the Gospels."
-- Arnold Lunn (1888-1974), British author

159. Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle.
Every prayer reduces itself to this:
"Great God, grant that twice two be not four."
-- Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883) Russian author

160. "If a man, holding a belief which he was taught in childhood or persuaded of afterwards, keeps down and pushes away any doubts which arise about it in his mind, purposely avoids the reading of books and the company of men that call into question or discuss it, and regards as impious those questions which cannot easily be asked without disturbing it--the life of that man is one long sin against mankind."
-- W. K. Clifford

161. "Here lies the power...: helping ourselves and others to see some of the possibilities inherent in viewpoints other than one's own; encouraging the free interchange of ideas; welcoming fresh approaches to the problems of life; urging the fullest, most vigorous use of critical self-examination."
-- Adlai Stevenson (as quoted on page 81 of A Chosen Faith)

162. Selling eternal life is an unbeatable business, with no customers ever asking for their money back after the goods are not delivered.
-Victor J. Stenger, physicist

163. And let's not forget, that if you want to preach a message of poverty, gentleness, and tolerance, you really need a rich, powerful, authoritarian organization with which to do it.
-Monty Python

164. We would be 1,500 years ahead if it hadn't been for the church dragging science back by its coattails and burning our best minds at the stake.
-Catherine Farninger, social activist, born 1922

165. It's just a ride, and we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money, a choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one.
-Bill Hicks, 1961-1994, comedian/social commentator

166. The great teachings unanimously emphasize that all the peace, wisdom, and joy in the universe are already within us; we don't have to gain, develop, or attain them. We're like a child standing in a beautiful park with his eyes shut tight. We don't need to imagine trees, flowers, deer, birds, and sky; we merely need to open our eyes and realize what is already here, who we really are--as soon as we quit pretending we're small or unholy.
-Unknown

167. We must recognize three basic requirements of any individual: the needs for community, structure and meaning.
-Alvin Toffler

168. You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbytarians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist.
-Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition

169. The Jews deserve to be hanged on gallows, seven times higher than ordinary thieves. We ought to take revenge on the Jews and kill them.
-Martin Luther, 1483-1546, leader of the Protestant break from Catholicism (consider: Adolph Hitler was a christian.)

170. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882

171. Faith is often the boast of the man who is too lazy to investigate.
-F. M. Knowles, artist and author

172. So why is it I generally tend to accept the conclusions of scientists, but not other sources, such as pastors, when I lack the qualifications to thoroughly judge the conclusions of either type myself? The heart of the answer lies with the scientific method, a method for which I have the utmost respect. The scientific method is the opposite of dogmatic - it is self-correcting. It can be revised as new data comes in; in other words, it stretches the theories and laws around the facts, rather than attempting to stretch the facts around the theories and laws.
-http://members.fortunecity.com/balthamel/sciscientists.html

173. Truth does not demand belief. Scientists do not join hands every Sunday, singing, “Yes, gravity is real! I will have faith! I will be strong! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down, down. Amen!” If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about it.
— Dan Barker, Preacher turned Atheist

174. It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him.
— Arthur C. Clarke (1917–)

175. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of god; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
— Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

176. I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.
— H.L. Mencken (1880–1956)

177. I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
— Stephen Roberts

178. We must question the story of logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, then blames them for his own mistakes.
— Gene Roddenberry (1921–1991)

179. Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion — several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven... The higher animals have no religion. And we are told that they are going to be left out in the Hereafter. I wonder why? It seems questionable taste.
— Mark Twain (1835–1910)

180. Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people’s business. I live by the golden rule: Treat others as you’d want them to treat you. The religious right wants to tell people how to live.
— Jesse Ventura

181. Any belief worth having must survive doubt.
-anon

182. 13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army-the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds-who returned from the battle. 15 "Have you allowed all the women to live?" he asked them. 16 "They were the ones who followed Balaam's advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD's people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
Bible/Numbers 31:13

183. You raise your voice when you should reinforce your argument. --Dr. Samuel Johnson

184. Level of intelligence generally, but not always, reflects in economic position. People who are below average in intellect and/or income, have more children; and the offspring are less likely to be fathered by the husband. Statistics show that overall intelligence scores have been dropping by one percent per decade: simply because the more intelligent you are, the fewer children you will have; in this way natural selection now favours lower intelligence. This brings up an interesting question: is this situation the result of man tampering with the natural order, or is nature compensating for an imbalance by removing the trait that enables man to manipulate the order?
-reasoned.org

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The Value of Time
194. To realize the value of ONE YEAR ask the student who has failed a class. To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby. To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper. To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet. To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train. To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident. To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics. Treasure every moment that you have! Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present!!

195. "The other reason some religions were established with restrictions on family planning, was to encourage growth of their particular sect. Indoctrination is far more successful when you can condition someone from birth, rather than converting someone who has preset ideas. To most sects, size is power; and in times past, if you could not establish a large enough following before you were perceived as a threat, other larger religions would wipe you from the face of the Earth. This made it necessary to encourage rapid reproduction; with birth control being the anathema of the sect. Many contemporary religions follow a modified version of this system: size is primarily financial, rather than defensive, power. These reasons for perceiving contraception as evil, are not known by the general congregation: they simply believe that it is "God's will", and therefore attempt to impose their beliefs upon everyone else."
-reasoned.org

196. THE REAL BIBLE.
For thousands of years men have been writing the real Bible, and it is being written from day to day, and it will never be finished while man has life. All the facts that we know, all the truly recorded events, all the discoveries and inventions, all the wonderful machines whose wheels and levers seem to think, all the poems, crystals from the brain, flowers from the heart, all the songs of love and joy, of smiles and tears, the great dramas of Imagination's world, the wondrous paintings, miracles of form and color, of light and shade, the marvelous marbles that seem to live and breathe, the secrets told by rock and star, by dust and flower, by rain and snow, by frost and flame, by winding stream and desert sand, by mountain range and billowed sea.
All the wisdom that lengthens and ennobles life, all that avoids or cures disease, or conquers pain -- all just and perfect laws and rules that guide and shape our lives, all thoughts that feed the flames of love the music that transfigures, enraptures and enthralls the victories of heart and brain, the miracles that hands have wrought, the deft and cunning hands of those who worked for wife and child, the histories of noble deeds, of brave and useful men, of faithful loving wives, of quenchless mother-love, of conflicts for the right, of sufferings for the truth, of all the best that all the men and women of the world have said, and thought and done through all the years.
These treasures of the heart and brain -- these are the Sacred Scriptures of the human race. "
-Robert Green Ingersoll

197. "I am a believer in what I call "intellectual hospitality." A man comes to your door. If you are a gentleman and he appears to be a good man, you receive him with a smile. You ask after his health. You say: "Take a chair; are you thirsty, are you hungry, will you not break bread with me?" That is what a hospitable, good man does -- he does not set the dog on him. Now, how should we treat a new thought? I say that the brain should be hospitable and say to the new thought: "Come in; sit down; I want to cross-examine you; I want to find whether you are good or bad; if good, stay; if bad, I don't want to hurt you -- probably you think you are all right, -- but your room is better than your company, and I will take another idea in your place." Why not? Can any man have the egotism to say that he has found it all out? No. Every man who has thought, knows not only how little he knows, but how little every other human being knows, and how ignorant, after all, the world must be."
-Robert Green Ingersoll

198. "Only actions are good and bad, not people or things."
- John Titor

199. "That many good men have believed this strange fable, and lived very good lives under that belief (for credulity is not a crime), is what I have no doubt of. In the first place, they were educated to believe it, and they would have believed anything else in the same manner."
-Thomas Paine

200. "If you want to see a life death and resurection, watch a cattapillar become a butterfly."
-Thomas Paine (paraphrased)

201. "Communism deprives no man of the power to appropriate the products of society; all that it does is to deprive him of the power to subjugate the labour of others by means of such appropriation."
-Carl Marx

202. "Do we fear lest we should outsee nature and God, and drink truth dry."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

203. "The time is coming when all men will see that the gift of God to the soul is not a vaunting, overpowering, excluding sanctity, but a sweet, natural goodness, a goodness like thine and mine, and that so invites thine and mine to be and to grow."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

204. "Though we should soar into the heavens, though we should sink into the abyss, we never go outof ourselves; it is always our own thoughts that we percieve."
- Condillac

205. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

206. "We are acquainted with a mere pellicle of the globe on which we live. Most have not delved six feet beneath the surface, nor leaped as many above it. We know not where we are. Beside, we are sound asleep nearly half our time. Yet we esteem ourselves wise, and have an established order on the surface. "
-Henry David Thoreau

207. "In short, I am convinced, both by faith and experience, that to maintain one's self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we will live simply and wisely; as the pursuits of the simpler nations are still the sports of the more artificial. It is not necessary that a man should earn his living by the sweat of his brow, unless he sweats easier than I do."
-Henry David Thoreau

208. "I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. "
-Henry David Thoreau

209. Pile up too many tomorrows and you'll find that you've collected nothing but a bunch of empty yesterdays. ~The Music Man

210. One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. ~Dale Carnegie

211. "To summarize, we must look at certain basic points. Humans are animals, and follow established, universal, natural laws. We band together because we are pack animals, and therefore instinctively obey rules that allow predators to form such groups; humanity sees these rules as morality. In nature, there are limits to the size of social groups; these limits prevent depletion of resources in a given area, and ensure diversification of the gene pool. Man is a primary predator: meaning no other creatures effectively prey upon man. The balance in the animal kingdom is maintained through having primary predators control their own numbers. Alligators eat one another; bears eat the cubs of other bears; male chimpanzees, felines, et cetera: kill the offspring of other males. The problem is that humanity is ruled by instinct, and our behavior is simply a complex manifestation of animal drives; but man does not want to be an animal: so he creates gods in his own image, and elevates himself to a position above all else. We cannot have it both ways; either mankind chooses to be beasts, and fits within the balance; or chooses to be more, abandons the instinctive drives, and finds a way to harmonize within the balance." -http://www.reasoned.org/rs_text.htm#part%201

212. "The problem is that humanity is ruled by instinct, and our behavior is simply a complex manifestation of animal drives; but man does not want to be an animal: so he creates gods in his own image, and elevates himself to a position above all else. We cannot have it both ways; either mankind chooses to be beasts, and fits within the balance; or chooses to be more, abandons the instinctive drives, and finds a way to harmonize within the balance." -http://www.reasoned.org/rs_text.htm#part%201

213. "To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit." - Stephen Hawking

214. "We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality." - Albert Einstein

215. "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson

216. "The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers." - Sydney J. Harris

217. A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2" in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The students laughed. The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

"Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things - your family, your partner, your health, your children - things that if everything else were lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal. Take care of the rocks first -the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

218. "An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: it rarely happens that Saul becomes Paul. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out and that the growing generation is familiarized with the idea from the beginning" -Max Planck

219. "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 and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." -- Robert A. Heinlein

220. "To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is disease." - ?

221. "I disagree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death, your right to say it" - Voltaire

222. "A witty saying proves nothing." - Voltaire

223. "Life is primarily for Laughing, Loving & Living, not for whining, worry or working." -??

224. "Dare to dream because you can't see new lands without loosing sight of the shore." -??

225. ""There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist."" -Ayn Rand

226. The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. --Carl Jung

227. "But for us, it's different. Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

"The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

"Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves." - Pale Blue Dot - Carl Sagan

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

229. If people can be educated to see the lowly side of their own natures, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and to love their fellow men better. A little less hypocrisy and a little more tolerance towards oneself can only have good results in respect for our neighbor; for we are all too prone to transfer to our fellows the injustice and violence we inflict upon our own natures.

230. "For most of human history we have searched for our place in the cosmos. Who are we? What are we? We find that we inhabit an insignificant planet of a hum-drum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgoten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxys than people. We make our world significant by the courage of our questions, and by the depth of our answers." -- Carl Sagan

231. "We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it's forever." --Carl Sagan.

232. All religious systems enslave the mind. Certain things are demanded -- certain things must be believed -- certain things must be done -- and the man who becomes the subject or servant of this superstition must give up all idea of individuality or hope of intellectual growth and progress. -Robert Ingersol

233. Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities, the political, the religious, the educational authorities who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing, forming in our minds their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable, open-mindedness; chaotic, confused, vulnerability to inform yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority. -Timothy Leary

234. Bethany: You're saying that having beliefs is a bad thing? Rufus: I think it's better to have ideas. You can change an idea. Changing a belief is trickier. -Dogma

235. Bill talks about the kind of positive news stories he'd like to see. (imitating a news anchor) "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're the imagination of ourselves...here's Tom with the weather." -Bill Hicks

236. "The world is like a ride at an amusement park and when you choose to go on it you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly colored and it's very loud. And it's fun, for awhile. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question "Is this real, or is this just a ride?" And other people have remembered and they come back to us and they say "Hey, don't worry, don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride." And we kill those people. "Shut him up. We have a lot invested in this ride. Shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account and my family. This just has to be real." It's just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that. Did you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn't matter because, it's just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no jobs, no savings of money. A choice right now between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defense each year and instead spend it feeding, clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded and we can explore space together, both inner and outer, forever in peace. -Bill Hicks, comedian

237. Beauty is the reflection of the appearance of truth. Better to seek truth than the reflection of its appearance. But better to seek beauty than nothing. -www.guitarcraft.com

238. But to what extent is faith worth going? It has been said that the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist; true or not I cannot say. I will never detest another persons beliefs as long as those beliefs are not rooted in hate. Hate will blind you and ignorance will prevail. Knowledge and life are the essence of love, and love will guide you. More often than not that is all people need, a guide. I believe that is what the religious texts of the world are meant to be, guidelines. Nothing more nothing less. Words can be interpreted by whomever however they like and those blinded by hate can, have, and will twist(ed) these guidelines to fit their pursuits for power. Fear of the unknown is a powerful thing and those impassive to this fear are, how shall I say, the one-eyed men in the world of the blind? At all times know the world around you, fact is just opinion you trust enough to act upon. Do what you feel to be just in your mind and what keeps your thoughts balanced. No regrets. -halusin8

239. “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” -A famous passage from a Supreme Court pro-abortion decision

240. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. -George Carlin

241. "To die would be a great adventure." Peter Pan

242. As the snow flies On a cold and gray chicago mornin’ A poor little baby child is born In the ghetto And his mama cries ’cause if there’s one thing that she don’t need It’s another hungry mouth to feed In the ghetto People, don’t you understand The child needs a helping hand Or he’ll grow to be an angry young man some day Take a look at you and me, Are we too blind to see, Do we simply turn our heads And look the other way Well the world turns And a hungry little boy with a runny nose Plays in the street as the cold wind blows In the ghetto And his hunger burns So he starts to roam the streets at night And he learns how to steal And he learns how to fight In the ghetto Then one night in desperation A young man breaks away He buys a gun, steals a car, Tries to run, but he don’t get far And his mama cries As a crowd gathers ’round an angry young man Face down on the street with a gun in his hand In the ghetto As her young man dies, On a cold and gray chicago mornin’, Another little baby child is born In the ghetto -words & music by scott davis

243. From error to error, one discovers the entire truth. --Sigmund Freud

244. Benevolence is absolute and real. So much benevolence as a man hath, so much life hath he. For all things proceed out of this same spirit, which is differently named love, justice, temperance, in its different applications, just as the ocean receives different names on the several shores which it washes. All things proceed out of the same spirit, and all things conspire with it. Whilst a man seeks good ends, he is strong by the whole strength of nature. -RW Emerson

245. Meantime, whilst the doors of the temple stand open, night and day, before every man, and the oracles of this truth cease never, it is guarded by one stern condition; this, namely; it is an intuition. It cannot be received at second hand. Truly speaking, it is not instruction, but provocation, that I can receive from another soul. What he announces, I must find true in me, or wholly reject; and on his word, or as his second, be he who he may, I can accept nothing. On the contrary, the absence of this primary faith is the presence of degradation. -RW Emerson

246. I know what I want, what I feel, but for some reason don’t do shit. What is WRONG with me? Why can’t I do anything? It seems like I get home every day and my brain just dies. I sit on the couch like a lump, watch daytime TV, surf Teoti for a little while and go to bed. It’s not that I don’t have things to do. I have PLEANTY. First there are the things that I can’t stand to do—I just can’t make myself. Why don’t I have more control over myself? I tell myself to do something—then I don’t do it. I can’t very well send myself to my room, how do I make myself do things I don’t want to? Then there are all the things I want to do—WHY aren’t I DOING them? Part of it is because I feel guilty doing anything I WANT to do before I do all the things I HAVE to do and don’t want to. Part of it is because…I’m lazy? Some of it is all bundled up with fears. Fear of rejection, fear of embarrassment, fear of not enjoying it, fear of DONG SOMETHING WRONG. Fear of poor decisions. Fear. Why am I so afraid all the time? Why does everything, silly things, scare me? -ironbutterfly

247. Why can’t I stop covering the same ground and getting nothing done? It must frustrate YOU, reading over and over again the same complaints. Do you think it frustrates me less to go over and over the same ground and go NOWHERE with my life? I guarantee—it frustrates me to do it more than you to read it. Feeling like that proverbial dog who, being kicked, faithfully returns to lick the master’s hand. I am licking at life hoping it will show me some affection, no matter how many times I am slapped down. Life is that fickle master who one moment caresses the hound’s head, the next connects foot to backside and consigns to the garage in the cold and the snow. -ironbutterfly

248. I feel like that poem The Peace Of Wild Things . The despair for the world is a cancer eating me, no matter how many times excised it seems to be a part of my bones. I fear what might be but, even more, fear what may never be and all I want is to go home. To again experience simplicity. To be free from all the bullshit that people in society imprison themselves with rather than doing what is right, what is kind. Following the One Rule: harm none, otherwise, do as you wish. I cannot go back to what I turned away from, I cannot lay down with the wood drake to rest, the world has no grace, and there is no freedom except death. No worries people, just that there is no rest for the wicked, er…weary. Ever watched Alley McBeal? I was thinking about theme songs recently. For years mine has been the Phish version of Tubthumping. World, you ain’t NEVER gonna keep me down! -ironbutterfly

249. "Religions play on a lot of weaknesses. They accept you if you feel guilty. They empower you if you feel out of control. They orient you if you feel lost. They motivate you if you feel that everything is pointless. They give you a reason to live if you feel suicidal. They do all these things, and then they disable your critical thinking. They align you and tell your doubts to shut up. Without doubts the world will be lost. Iraq will bombed into oblivion. Gays will be descriminated against. Corporations will take over the world, unless we destroy the environment fast enough. Doubt is the pillar of adaptation. Faith is the enemy of doubt. --Todd Cesere

250. " And, can someone tell me what happened to "Freedom of speech"? Too often I see the few people who have a different view on things than what the government, mainstream media, and church get blasted by these groups and their zombie-like followers. Too often, I see people, both here in TEOTI and elsewhere, in the real world, getting blasted because they see the world in a different light, and try to express themselves. Anyone that protests against the upcoming war in Iraq or says anything against Shrub ends up being the next person on the hit list of the masses, and has their thoughts crushed underfoot of the masses. Do we not live in a democracy, where we are free to express our opinions and personal beliefs without having the vast majority that believe in one thing telling us to shut up? It seems that, if you believe in that one opinion that the media tells you about and that your government supports, then you're fine, and a normal member of society. But, as soon as you voice a different opinion, or do something that isn't what the masses are doing, then you face a massive wall of opposition, determined to crush your spirit and make you join their side. I know for a fact that, if anyone came onto this site and put up a website link or a small article praising Saddam, they would be flamed from every direction because they are voicing their freedom of speech, and it doesn't agree with the rest of the mainstream. I'm not saying that I support Saddam and his totaliarian ways, but I do believe in freedom to say what you want, even if you support a man that the rest of society hates. That's what freedom of speech is about, and as long as any of us live in a country or a commonwealth that has any democracy, we have the full right to express ourselves as we wish to! Recently, I responded to a post on this site, saying that it might be possible for a man who was rather close to Saddam to be lying to foriegn governments about the hidden weapon sites and everything else he said Saddam had hiding so he could get refugee status in another country in order to save himself from the upcoming war. Apparantly, people didn't like the idea, and decided to flame me for it. I know that they have the democratic right to speak against another person's views, but trying to obliterate any opposing thought by ganging up on one person seems a bit unfair. All in all, the way that society is makes me ill, looking out of my window to see the masses all dressed the same, with the same thoughts, same music playing on their CD players or portable MP3 players, hairstyles all the same, and not caring about anything else but themselves and their so-called "freedom". You people are all sheep! The herdsmen that reside in their White Houses, churches, and corporate office towers watch over you and laugh, leading you along as they want you to do, making sure you do that they want, buy only their products, and listen to their over-played, generic music. As long as the sheep don't stray from the herd, all is well for them, especially their profit margins. " -coffeejunkie

251. "Changing the attitudes of males in patriarchal societies is a daunting task: teaching people that life is defined by more than sexuality is one thing, but overriding the subconscious primate drives is quite another. Men resist thoughts that are outside of their confined and structured existence: to realize that the facade you have created, to justify your position in the pecking order, is inconsequential; is to lose your purpose in life. Males that lack the ability to comprehend a deeper meaning to existence cannot allow themselves to contemplate anything that would remove their feeling of domination." -Reasoned.org pg 9

252. "The other reason some religions were established with restrictions on family planning, was to encourage growth of their particular sect. Indoctrination is far more successful when you can condition someone from birth, rather than converting someone who has preset ideas. To most sects, size is power; and in times past, if you could not establish a large enough following before you were perceived as a threat, other larger religions would wipe you from the face of the Earth. This made it necessary to encourage rapid reproduction; with birth control being the anathema of the sect. Many contemporary religions follow a modified version of this system: size is primarily financial, rather than defensive, power. These reasons for perceiving contraception as evil, are not known by the general congregation: they simply believe that it is "God's will", and therefore attempt to impose their beliefs upon everyone else." -reasoned.org pg 9

253. "Sense of the Beyond. "...in Satori there is always what we may call a sense of the Beyond; the experience indeed is my own but I feel it to be rooted elsewhere. The individual shell in which my personality is so solidly encased explodes at the moment of Satori. Not, necessarily, that I get unified with a being greater than myself or absorbed in it, but that my individuality, which I found rigidly held together and definitely kept separate from other individual existences, becomes lossened somehow from its tightening grip and melts away into something indescribable, something which is of quite a different order from what I am accustomed to. The feeling that follows is that of complete release or a complete rest---the feeling that one has arrived finally at the destination...As far as the psychology of Satori is considered, a sense of the Beyond is all we can say about it; to call this the Beyond, the Absolute, or God, or a Person is to go further than the experience itself and to plunge into a theology or metaphysics."" -http://216.239.39.100/search?q=cache:RQc08V0sPJAC:sped2work.tripod.com/satori.html+satori&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

254. "It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!"

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments." -Oriah Mountain Dreamer, from the book The Invitation published by HarperSanFrancisco, 1999

255. The paradox of our time in history is that we have tall buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We've learned how to make a living but not a life; we've added years to life, not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour. We've conquered outer space, but not inner space; we've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we've split the atom, but not our prejudice. We have higher incomes, but lower morals; we've become long on quantity, but short on quality. These are the times of tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition. These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes. It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to make a difference or just hit delete.

256. "The discovery of the indifference of nature to the morality of the person subject to it's laws is as great an achievement of the human mind as was the discovery of the evolutionary process of life. The earth will revolve on it's axis, the sun will rise and set, the rain will fall, the seasons will pass according to their accustomed time. Men and women will love, and children will be born, regardless of belief or disbelief in the bible or it's god, regardless of prayers or sacrifices. The force of gravity acts alike on the good and the bad. Poison kills the purest minded, as well as the most vicious. Cold wind will chill and heat will warm all alike. Electricity lights our houses and runs our machinery with the same concern as it snuffs out the life of an innocent person. The planted seed will grow according to the soil and moisture, and not according to the social position of the one who planted it. Water will drown irrespective of the character of the person unable to swim. Fire burns the tender flesh of a child with the same intensity as the hardened criminal. Disease attacks the innocent and the guilty alike, and death comes to one and all when it will come... the inevitable ending of all that lives... as evidence of the inexorable law of life. There will be no mark to distinguish between the devout and the infidel. The Atheist and the religious believer will suffer from the same ills and will enjoy the same fruit.

The discovery of the indifference of nature to the individual subject to it's unvarying laws has liberated the minds of men from the myriad unseen forces which gripped them in fear. Nature strikes without thought, without prejudice or remorse. This emancipation discovery drove the evil spirits and demons from the sky, the malign agencies of a jealous and wrathful god. It was a warning to the ghosts 'to cover their eyeless sockets with their fleshless hands and fade forever from the imagination of men'. It was the 'emancipation proclamation' of the mind.

We are indebted solely to science, the only lever capable of raising mankind. Abject faith is barbarism; reason is civilization. To obey is slavish; to act from a sense of obligation perceived by reason is noble. Ignorance worships mystery; reason explains it. The one grovels, the other soars." - REALITY (Teoti)

257. "You may not be fond of being alone, but when you walk the spiritual path, sometimes it is necessary to be physically and emotionally on your own. This does not mean, of course, that you need to become some kind of hermit, never participating in life. It DOES mean, however, that you will need to build up enough spiritual strength to become “whole” by yourself, without having to rely on others for love or support. Once you are able to be “complete”—not needing someone else to make you a total being—then you will find that people will gravitate towards you, sensing your inner strength and security. By loving yourself without limit, your ability to enjoy life without a significant relationship increases. Magically, the one you’ve been waiting for appears in your life at that very time when you do not NEED someone. " - Kathy Sanborn; Life Channels Staff Writer. All Rights Reserved. Life and Career Coaching. Grow Your Own Love

258. "Only actions are good and bad, not people or things." - John Titor (http://www.johntitor.com/)

259. Taking action: -The entire earth is connected. -Do no harm, not only do as little harm as you can but harm not yourself -Help. It makes up for the harm which you do on accident. -If we all did what we could, we wouldn’t be in this mess. If we stopped our sheep-like complacency, we could fix it. -All it takes is for people to stop saying, “That’s just the way it is.” Or “what could *I* do, what I do wont matter, anyway.” And DO. Because it DOES help. Just not always the way you think it will. But if we all stopped refusing to help, we could solve anything. - It starts on the level of each individual deciding to fight the darkness, to stretch out a hand, to help. Although this battle will never start without each individual deciding on their own, in their heart, that the MUST and they WILL—we must all do it together. -Ironbutterfly

260. I wonder how many people are thinking they are the pink monkey in the middle of the brown monkeys. IB said she felt like she was this pink monkey. And since I am really young I felt like I was a pink monkey too. I was looking to all the people around, dressed with the same clothes, speaking with the same tongues, and meanwhile I was feeling different, as IB said : a freak. I thought I wasnt really a part of this world, I even tought I was better than them. And I sometimes still think that. I see these people listening to the same sh*ts you hear on radio, watching the same stupid TV shows as Big Brother. I listen to rather unknown music (listening to a russian group called Caprice), I dont watch a lot TV. I read a lot and not so many people reads. And as I wasnt a member of the "stupid" people, I felt a terrible feeling of superiority. Something changed once, when I went to a concert. It was mainly dub music. And I saw a lot of people who would be considered like freak in the town : you know wearing some military clothes, smoking weed, with piercings. And I was in the middle of them with my jeans, my T-shirts, so common. But I was a kind of freak for them. I was unique, as they are usually unique in the common world. We are all unique, in fact. When we see the world, we see it throught our eyes. We see people everywhere, but we dont see ourselves. And that is why we feel like we were unique. This feeling is a trick of our mind to enlighten our life. Luckily sometimes in your life you realize that you are nothing, just a human between 6 billions of human. Remember that when you are looked from the top of the Empire State Building, you're nothing else than an ant in an ant-hill. But in the same time you are unique.... just like everyone. I will end this by a quote from Louis-Ferdinand Celine. "There is no chance to seduct them by saying : "you're not so bad". You have to go at least to : "you are unique in the world", and that's the minimum they tolerate" -nazgul666

261. Do I stress you out My sweater is on backwards and inside out And you say how appropriate I don't want to dissect everything today I don't mean to pick you apart you see But I can't help it There I go jumping before the gunshot has gone off Slap me with a splintered ruler And it would knock me to the floor if I wasn't there already If only I could hunt the hunter

And all I really want is some patience A way to calm the angry voice And all I really want is deliverance Do I wear you out You must wonder why I'm so relentless and all strung out I'm consumed by the chill of solitary I'm like Estella I like to reel it in and then spit it out I'm frustrated by your apathy And I am frightened by the corrupted ways of this land If only I could meet the Maker

And I am fascinated by the spiritual man I am humbled by his humble nature What I wouldn't give to find a soulmate Someone else to catch this drift And what I wouldn't give to meet a kindred Enough about me, let's talk about you for a minute Enough about you, let's talk about life for a while The conflicts, the craziness and the sound of pretenses Falling all around...all around Why are you so petrified of silence Here can you handle this?

Did you think about your bills, your ex, your deadlines Or when you think you're gonna die Or did you long for the next distraction And all I need now is intellectual intercourse A soul to dig the hole much deeper And I have no concept of time other than it is flying If only I could kill the killer

All I really want is some peace man a place to find a common ground And all I really want is a wavelength All I really want is some comfort A way to get my hands untied And all I really want is some justice... -Ironbutterfly

262. "As Ironbutterfly says, I look at life as a book full of chapters. I seem to never know how the book is going to turn out I always know when that chapter in my life makes a sense of completion and understanding. Nobody else knows how my pages tear or turn, but when this book is complete, everyone will read my dedication. " My friend Mac and I were talking about our chapters. As we’ve gone through life we’ve noticed that things go in cycles. A period of growth. A sense of finally handling things, of being on top. Then the fall. Lose everything. Start from scratch. Another chapter ends and one begins. You get a definite sense of epochs or periods which can almost be measured. History seems to fit neatly into this and you begin to wonder if there isn’t a grander…if not design then at least pattern. Is it the moon? A greater pull which creates a tidal ebb and flow of existence? Build, destroy, and rebuild. This is the pattern of life. This is what life is and what it does.

263. The important thing is not to stop questioning. - Einstein

264. Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. - Einstein

265. Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty. - Einstein

266. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. - Einstein

267. So long as they don't get violent, I want to let everyone say what they wish, for I myself have always said exactly what pleased me. - Einstein

268. 5b. I don't try to imagine a God; it suffices to stand in awe of the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it. - Einstein

269. Einstein wasn't religious. You can say that, at the very least, he had serious doubts. Very serious doubts. You would, too, if you looked in the face of god, and he looked back... ... and winked... -elwoodblues

270. I feel like I am setting a part of myself out to sea like a message in a bottle. Who will find it? Who will think it's stupid and throw it away to ride the waves of interest again? Who will keep it, perhaps even treasure it, as a memento of a wandering soul which floated in one day, to touch your own like flotsam bumping. I am happy to be here. -ironbutterfly

271. Then I awake, but instead of greeting the dawn with open arms I see only the dying sun. I have slept through the day and into the night. I run out into the night and know that I will never again be satisfied with ordinary life again, remembering the taste of human flesh. I walk out into the city. The sun rises and I wince, but it does not harm me, I walk as in a fog through the motions of ordinary life, in slow motion as if I am underwater. Revelations break over me as I walk down the streets, like a sheep blocked in on all sides by the pressing bodies of other men, smelling of soap and sweat and skin. I go to work and sit at my desk, under the singing lights. And they suck the life out of me here in this bland world. I long for the ever more brilliant colors of my dreams, to be away from this place of filth. And they overcome me so that I do not know if the reality I have known all of my life is the One True Reality. I do not think that it is. -IronButterfly

272. I am trying to narrow my view. You see, if I allow my view to become too broad I start understanding what a miniscule little speck I am. I begin drowning in the fact that on a grand scale nothing matters. It’s depressing. Everything’s all pointless and ineffective. How sad it is that humans fill their lives, hurrying through every second, go go go, and then, suddenly—splat. And the world absorbs you like the bug on the windshield, you might be big enough to leave a mark but sooner or later you get cleaned away anyway and after that, who cares about the bug? We never think, poor bug, he probably thought his life meant something. So sorry to have ruined your illusions. Do you really think that anything you do is meaningful? In a hundred years will anyone care? Do they even care now? The go go go world makes me kind of sick. It just seems like people trying desperately to plug up their soul hole. That they think if they can fill every second, run themselves ragged, they are giving themselves meaning. Oh, I am oh so important. I have a cell phone, a pager, a PDA, and I never have a second to just breathe, to smell the flowers because I so busy making myself feel that I have meaning. We start understanding that ultimately our actions have no meaning and start stuffing every second with more activities, with even less meaning. When I die I am afraid I am going to look up and see how I filled my life with no meaning in the pursuit of meaningfulness and missed all the things that count. No! I quit! No more! I refuse to smile if I don’t mean it, why do I do things which have no substance? Stuffing your life like this is like collecting Fool’s Gold. In the end all you’ve got is a lot of worthless rocks. They might be pretty, but you can’t eat pretty when you’re starving. Don’t forget, you have to feed your soul, too.

The world is what we choose it to be. Every action—every reaction, is a choice. You make your own universe. What do you want your universe to be? Because it’s not the world you have the power to change. It’s yourself. Why bother when the world is so fucked? I’ll restate myself: It is not up to society to change the individual. It is up to the individual to change himself, thus changing society. What do you want society to be? Are you doing that yourself? Are you trying to make other people do it either by your vote or peer/societal pressure? Hypocrite. Put than energy into yourself and see what happens. -ironbutterfly

273. My brain is atrophying. I know those of you in school right now groan, but I can’t wait for school to start so that I will be forced to start thinking again. My daily routine necessitates no thought. No growth. I feel like I am stagnating. Turning into that green sludge at the bottom of dry river pools. I feel so mechanical. -ironbutterfly

274. I go to work. I come home. I watch TV. Or read. I do a million chores that I “have” to do for some reason. I pay my bills. I wax my car. I do ten thousand completely meaningless activities to fill up the time—and then wonder where that time went and why I haven’t gotten anything constructive done. Not one of these endless activities is going to matter one whit in the grand scheme. So why bother? Why not commit great acts? -ironbutterfly

275. When I am in school I begin to piece together the fragments of the bigger picture. I begin to see how all things begin to relate to each other. I notice how things from my music class relate to my math class. My cinema class relates to my history class. I start picking up on subtle clues and allusions. “The mind cracks open and the world falls in” What would happen if it suddenly all fit together? Or a part of it suddenly fit together? I am a little frightened at the possibilities… So many variables. The more I know the more power I have to effect what is. -ironbutterfly

276. Who am I? Why am I here? Is there a logic behind my singular and unique existence? Some master plan? What is important? What should I be worried about? What is reality? Is there a god? If so, who made him? What are the big questions? What do the pieces of the puzzle add up to? Is there a point? Is there a reason? What is? Why? In its simplest form the question is always why…yet to simply ask why is wholly inadequate. This is the barest glimmer of the Unnamed Question.

The Unnamed Question encompasses all of the questions here but, in a way inexpressible in human language, is everything. Inexpressible because human language had evolved from our vision of reality and existence, only a small part of the whole, and therefore is wholly inadequate to express that whole in its entirety. Perhaps human consciousness is only capable of understanding parts of it.

Simultaneously with the understanding of the question comes knowledge of its answer—for the question is the answer. The question is everything that: is, was, will be, could have been, and never was. The answer can be expressed as “It is.” However English does not give either question or answer a clearly discernable meaning. Again, I do not believe that any human language could.

Most of all let us examine the Unnamed Question and its complement. That question which in the asking is itself an answer. Knowing the question is the first step to understanding. The quest for knowledge begins. -ironbutterfly

277. There has been a repeated trend on certain political posts lately to instantly disregard any religious viewpoint as biased and unacceptable as a reason for holding a viewpoint. The vast majority of Americans, and most of the world’s population fall into the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faith, yet when someone posts there beliefs on an issue and uses their religion as a reason, they are branded zealots and bible thumpers. America was founded under a set of principles, principles based in Christianity. They were driven out of a Theocracy because they were not allowed to worship as they saw fit and thus they included the most important and most abused amendment of the Constitution. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. The amendment (in the context of this post) prohibits the government from establishing a religion. The royalty of Europe were often swayed in there religious views, and all under there rule were forced to comply. Those who did not convert were slain or driven out. Kingdoms with opposing religions launched wars and crusades against one another something the founding fathers wanted to keep this country out of. At the same time they wanted to ensure that everyone would have the freedom to worship who, and how they wished. The amendment dose not state the often abused phrase “separation of church and state,” a phrase that has been used to attack anyone who uses there religious views as a basis for decision. This is faulty and dangerous. How can someone who can remove himself from his core beliefs be trusted to make sound decisions? The Constitution doses not require this; in fact making the removal of religious influences mandatory establishes atheism as the national (un)religion. Another common comment I see everywhere (not just on Teoti) is the sentiment “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” or “before you remove the splinter in your brothers eye, remove the log in your own.” The idea is that if you do anything wrong you have no right to say that something another dose is wrong. The most pointed example was by TS_Mika: ”I just want your thoughts on this issue...and please dont give me any of this Christianity talk because you all have done something unchristian in your lives and who is to say whats worse”{sic} This I find blatantly offensive. It immediately discounts the core beliefs of the majority of Americans in a debate about a moral issue. It prevents opponents of the viewpoint from stating there objection by assuming that one you have “done something un-christian” you are unqualified, or unable to determine what is Christian. As far as “what’s worse” well, that has a lot more to do with an individual’s religion than as a point of dismissal. I think that tolerance is a two way street. Criticizing or dismissing a poster’s comment because of there beliefs is not much different than dismissing them because of there sex, race, or nationality. - by Quaektem on Feb 25, 2004 11:17 am

278. "Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies, however vague, however unfulfilled, to support or prop up their beliefs. Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science?" -- Carl Sagan, "The Demon-Haunted World"

279. "GREAT MINDS DISCUSS IDEAS" "AVERAGE MINDS DISCUSS EVENTS" "SMALL MINDS DISCUSS PEOPLE" - ??

280. "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." - Friedrich Nietzsche

281. "Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us." - Marianne Williamson.

282. "Around 10,000 years ago, at the dawn of "civilization" on the fertile alluvial plains of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in Mesopotamia, when humans began to abandon the hunting and gathering lifestyle of subsistence and survival for the beginnings of the sedimentary farming and community lifestyles, small human communities began to organize god/spirit world beliefs somewhat unique to each community. These spirit world constructions often had common themes to explain the non-explainable in nature; the beginning of all, spirit forces behind storms, birth and death, crop success or failure and other natural events, and life beyond death. The "Play of Mystery and Myth" for each primitive community remained much the same but only the cast of characters changed. ...Most, but not all, spirit "beings" have been traditionally created "in the image of man" with varying degrees of human characteristics and emotions; characteristics such as male, female, warlike, cunning, wise, threatening, ignorant, tolerant, stupid, tricky, judgmental, understanding, intolerant and arbitrary; and with emotions of anger, contentment, pleasure, displeasure, love, hate, joy, sorrow, jealousy, indifference, wrath, forgiveness, obsession, fear, and compulsion. An almost universal trait of "good" spirits is their bias in favor of "us", the chosen people, over "them." Even today, the end of the twentieth century, the world of spirit beings remains large in number in the human imagination, considering the vast array of angels and demons in addition to the principal supernatural anthropomorphic deities. ...Philosophic thought and the elementary use of scientific reason began during the Golden Age of ancient Greece and Rome (450 BCE - 200 BCE) by pioneers of reason including Socrates, Theodoras, Aristotle and Epicurus. One of the tragedies of human history was the temporary overthrow of the rational naturalistic ethical philosophies of the Golden Age by supernatural spirit based beliefs dictated by Christian-Islamic power centers during the Dark Ages (450 CE - 1000 CE). By the end of the Dark Ages most of the ancient polytheistic mythologies of Greece, Rome, the Near East and the Middle East were disposed of and were increasingly replaced through the missionary zeal of authoritarian nation/state hierarchy enforced Christian and Islamic Yahweh/Al-Lah based pseudo-monotheistic belief systems, limiting the freedom of thought of millions of people. ...Fear of the unknown, The Mystery, remains in the psyche of man. Like a long caged animal, man fears venturing into new mysterious and untested territory and relinquishes his freedom by holding onto ancient comforting, but illusionary, beliefs. The attainment of knowledge and truth will continue to be suppressed in the majority of people clinging to ancient pre-science mythological beliefs when faced with the unknown, the unexplainable, and "short circuit" their thinking (usually motivated by fear) with the human cop-out, "god caused it"... - Peter Retzinger

283. Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil. Therefore having and not having arise together. Difficult and easy complement each other. Long and short contrast each other: High and low rest upon each other; Voice and sound harmonize each other; Front and back follow one another. Therefore the sage goes about doing nothing, teaching no-talking. The ten thousand things rise and fall without cease, Creating, yet not. Working, yet not taking credit. Work is done, then forgotten. Therefore it lasts forever.

284. "The only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind. No wise man ever acquired his wisdom in any mode but this. " -John Stuart Mill

285. "Understanding others is intelligence. Understanding oneself is wisdom. " - Lao Tzu

286. “Once you understand someone’s behavior on a sufficiently mechanical level, it’s very hard to look at them as evil,” he says. “You can look at them as dangerous; you can pity them; but evil doesn’t exist on a neuronal level.” - Joshua Greene

287. Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. -- French author Andre Gide

288. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. -- French author Marcel Proust

289. Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. -- physicist Albert Einstein

290. When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite. -- artist/poet William Blake

291. There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be. -- philosopher/scientist Charles Sanders Pierce

292. Further, if a person has not directly perceived a certain unique quality, then no amount of verbal definitions will ever convey that idea. It is 'ineffable,' indescribable in words. No words can convey what the color 'blue' means to a blind person. - http://www.boogieonline.com/seeking/know/meaning.html

293. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -- author Mark Twain

294. Have you ever watched kids On a merry-go-round? Or listened to the rain Slapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight? Or gazed at the sun into the fading night? You better slow down. Don't dance so fast. Time is short. The music won't last....

Do you run through each day On the fly? When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply? When the day is done Do you lie in your bed With the next hundred chores Running through your head? You'd better slow down Don't dance so fast. Time is short. The music won't last...

Ever told your child, We'll do it tomorrow? And in your haste, Not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die Cause you never had time To call and say "Hi"? You'd better slow down. Don't dance so fast. Time is short. The music won't last...

When you run so fast to get somewhere You miss half the fun of getting there. When you worry and hurry through your day, It is like an unopened gift.... Thrown away. Life is not a race. Do take it slower Hear the music Before the song is over...

295. "So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home."
- Tecumseh, Shawnee Warrior

296. Through the Mind's Eye

I see the world From a stage Where there is the Scent of herbs and sage

There is so much Of the discrimination Through out the lands Of all the nations

There is hate and love And dark and light But I don't understand Why they all fight

But someday I know That they'll see Peace of mind Just like me

Then they will agree That what they see Is not what Should really be

My dreams are here With all of you And someday you'll see I'm just like you
-Brittany 8th Grade

297. "People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be Kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, there may be jealous; Be Happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good (well) anyway.
Give the world your best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis. It is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway."
-Mother Terreza

298. What few people know is that Capitalism is really nothing more than a cleverly-designed, modernized variation of the Caste system. - newcynic

299. "Work like you dont need money. Love like youve never been hurt. Dance naked." - ??

300. Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. - Eckhart Tolle

301. Don't be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn't do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today.
By Malcolm X

302. The habit of thinking in terms of comparison is a fatal one. When anything pleasant occurs it should be enjoyed to the full, without stopping the think that it is not so pleasant as something else that my possibly be happening to someone else." (pp.70-71)
By Bertrand Russell

303. "One should respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways." (p.107) - Bertrand Russell

304. "Don't get so tolerant that you tolerate intolerance." - Bill Maher, from his one-person show "Victory Begins At Home:"

305. "The American ideal is not that we all agree with each other, or even like each other, every minute of the day. It is rather that we will respect each other's rights, especially the right to be different, and that, at the end of the day, we will understand that we are one people, one country, and one community, and that our well-being is inextricably bound up with the well-being of each and every one of our fellow citizens." - C. Everett Koop: a former US surgeon general

306. "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." - Bertrand Russell

307. "We believe that each man must find the truth that is right for him. Reality will adapt accordingly. The universe will readjust. History will alter. We believe that there is no absolute truth excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth." - Steve Turner: An excerpt from his statement "Creed," which he intended as a satire on modernism

308. "The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it...Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate....Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

309. Are we to look at cherry blossoms only in full bloom, the moon only when it is cloudless? To long for the moon while looking on the rain, to lower the blinds and be unaware of the passing of the spring -- these are even more deeply moving.&nnbsp; Branches about to blossom or gardens strewn with faded flowers are worthier of our admiration.
The moon that appears close to dawn after we have long waited for it moves us more profoundly than the full moon shining cloudless over a thousand leagues. And how incomparably lovely is the moon, almost greenish in its light, when seen through the tops of the cedars deep in the mountains, or when it hides for a moment behind clustering clouds during a sudden shower! The sparkle on hickory or white-oak leaves seemingly wet with moonlight strikes one to the heart... - Yoshida Kenko

310. If, for example, a certain man invents falsehoods and spreads them with the intent of deceit, some people will innocently suppose that he speaks the truth and be hoodwinked by his words; others will be so deeply convinced that they will think up an annoying variety of lies to add to the original one. Still others, unimpressed by the lie, will pay it no attention. Yet others will be rather suspicious and ponder over the story, neither believing nor disbelieving. Others, though they find the lie improbable, will nevertheless decide it may be true, if only because people are spreading it, and let the matter go at that. There will be people too who make all sorts of guesses and pretend they have caught onto the truth, nodding and smiling knowingly, but who in fact understand nothing. Others will deduce the truth, and think, "I'm sure that's what happened," but hesitate, for fear they may be mistaken. Some will clap their hands and laugh, saying there is nothing new in this lie.
Some too, though aware of the truth, will not reveal they have caught on, nor make comments one way or the other on what they realize is the truth, acting as if they were ignorant of the facts. Finally, there are those who, knowing from the start the purpose of the lie, do not ridicule it in any way, but on the contrary sympathize with the man who invented it, and join forces with him. -

311. The pleasantest of all diversions is to sit alone under the lamp, a book spread out before you, and to make friends with people of a distant past you have never known. - Tsurezuregusa, philfromhavelock

312. "Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper." -- Robert Frost

313. To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it. -Bertrand Russell

314. Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves. -Bertrand Russell

315. There is nothing more wholesome for us than to find problems that quite transcend our powers. -C.S. Peirce

316. When you're criticizing others And are finding here and there A fault or two to speak of Or a weakness you can't bear; When you're blaming someone's weakness Or accusing some of pelf.. It's time that you went out To walk around yourself.

There are lots of human failures In the average of us all And lots of grave shortcomings In the short ones and the tall; But when we think of evils Men should lay upon the shelves, It's time we all went out To take a walk around ourselves

We need so often in this life This balancing of scales; This seeing how much in us wins And how much in us fails. But before you judge another Just to lay him on the shelf... It would be a splendid plan To take a walk around yourself. -??

317. "and a youth said, speak to us of friendship. and he answered, saying: your friend is your needs answered. he is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. and he is your board and your fireside. for you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace. when your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay." and when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart; for without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed. when you part from your friend, you grieve not; for that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain. and let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of spirit. for love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught. and let your best be for your friend. if he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also. for what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill? seek him always with hours to live. for it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness. and in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
(exerpted from: kahlil gibran, *the prophet*)

318. LIFE! I know not what thou art, But know that thou and I must part; And when, or how, or where we met, I own to me 's a secret yet. But this I know, when thou art fled, Where'er they lay these limbs, this head, No clod so valueless shall be As all that then remains of me. O whither, whither dost thou fly? Where bend unseen thy trackless course? And in this strange divorce, Ah, tell where I must seek this compound I? To the vast ocean of empyreal flame From whence thy essence came Dost thou thy flight pursue, when freed From matter's base encumbering weed? Or dost thou, hid from sight, Wait, like some spell-bound knight, Through blank oblivious years th' appointed hour To break thy trance and reassume thy power? Yet canst thou without thought or feeling be? O say, what art thou, when no more thou'rt thee? Life! we have been long together, Through pleasant and through cloudy weather; 'Tis hard to part when friends are dear; Perhaps 'twill cost a sigh, a tear;-- Then steal away, give little warning, Choose thine own time; Say not Good-night, but in some brighter clime Bid me Good-morning!

319. I do my thing, and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you, and I am I, And if by chance, we find each other, it’s beautiful. If not, it can't be helped. - Ibid., p. 4.

320. In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. ~ Tao Te Ching

321. If you could understand a single grain of wheat, you would die of wonder.

322. Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself. - Zen saying.

323. It is as hard to see one's self as to look backwards without turning around.

324. Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the old or wise; seek what they sought.

325. The aim of life is to live and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.

326. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass. - Dogen.

327. The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self. - Albert Einstein

328. For the perfect idler, for the passionate observer it becomes an immense source of enjoyment to establish his dwelling in the throng, in the ebb and flow, the bustle, the fleeting and the infinite. To be away from home and yet to feel at home anywhere; to see the world, to be at the very center of the world, and yet to be unseen of the world, such are some of the minor pleasures of those independent, intense and impartial spirits, who do not lend themselves easily to linguistic definitions. The observer is a prince enjoying his incognito wherever he goes.
Baudelaire, Charles
1821-1867 French Poet

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