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What I claim is to live to the full the contradiction of my time, which may well make sarcasm the condition of truth.

When I learn something new-and it happens every day-I feel a little more at home in this universe, a little more comfortable in the nest.
I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.
The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational.
We spend all our time looking for some concept of Truth, but Truth is what is left when we drop all concepts.
The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.
If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.
Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.
Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.
Which is better: to have fun with fungi or to have Idiocy with ideology, to have wars because of words, to have tomorrow's misdeeds out of yesterday's miscreeds?
Patience. A minor form of despair disguised as a virtue.
The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.
How unfair the fate which ordains that those who have the least should be always adding to the treasury of the wealthy.
A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves.
Every story has three sides. Yours, mine and the facts.
No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.
We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. The conviction of the rich that the poor are happier is no more foolish than the conviction of the poor that the rich are.
The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic that to love others.
Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.
The good deed you do today For a brother or sister in need Will come back to you some day For humanity's a circle in deed.
If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much, and most of all yourself.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
The men who followed Him were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same.
YOU WILL ONLY BECOME WHAT YOU ARE BECOMING RIGHT NOW. Though you cannot go back and make a brand new start, my friend, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end.
Policies are many, Principles are few, Policies will change, Principles never do.
I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -- that is all that agnosticism means.
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
There were honest people long before there were Christians and there are, God be praised, still honest people where there are no Christians. It could therefore easily be possible that people are Christians because true Christianity corresponds to what they would have been even if Christianity did not exist.
How natural that the errors of the ancient should be handed down and, mixing with the principles and system which Christ taught, give to us an adulterated Christianity.
Most of us spend the first six days of each week sowing wild oats; then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure.
No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by that word. It is every individual's individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol -- cross or crescent or whatever -- that symbol is man's reminder of his duty inside the human race.
Any hope that America would finally grow up vanished with the rise of fundamentalist Christianity. Fundamentalism, with its born-again regression, its pink-and-gold concept of heaven, its literal-mindedness, its rambunctious good cheer... its anti-intellectualism... its puerile hymns... and its faith-healing... are made to order for King Kid America.
A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this -- that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made -- not to understand -- but to feel -- as crime.
The early Christian rules of life were not made to last, because the early Christians did not believe that the world itself was going to last.
Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
Avarice is the sphincter of the heart.
I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. [Isaiah 2:4]
The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes from within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.
Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.
When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you're going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people?
We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.
I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.
Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
Forget and forgive. This is not difficult when properly understood. It means forget inconvenient duties, then forgive yourself for forgetting. By rigid practice and stern determination, it comes easy.
Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured and far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple tree or an oak.
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
The terrible thing about terrorism is that ultimately it destroys those who practice it. Slowly but surely, as they try to extinguish life in others, the light within them dies.
Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings -- that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
The time is always right to do what is right.
In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.
Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells.
Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still?
To whom much is given is much required. [Luke 12:48]
One man gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. [Proverbs 11-24]
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. [2 Corinthians 4:16]
With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. [Job 12:12]
The Christian is not one who has gone all the way with Christ. None of us has. The Christian is one who has found the right road.
There never was a good war or a bad peace.
If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.
The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose.
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
It is not opium which makes me work but its absence, and in order for me to feel its absence it must from time to time be present.
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
He that does good for good's sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end.
I have made decisions that turned out to be wrong, and went back and did it another way, and still took less time than many who procrastinated over the original decision. Your brain is capable of handling 140, 000 million bits of information in one second, and if you take hours or days or weeks to reach a vital decision, you are short-circuiting your most valuable property.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
Honest differences of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy making among free men.
Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.
If we could sniff or swallow something that would, for five or six hours each day, abolish our solitude as individuals, atone us with our fellows in a glowing exaltation of affection and make life in all its aspects seem not only worth living, but divinely beautiful and significant, and if this heavenly, world-transfiguring drug were of such a kind that we could wake up next morning with a clear head and an undamaged constitution -- then, it seems to me, all our problems (and not merely the one small problem of discovering a novel pleasure) would be wholly solved and earth would become paradise.
It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
A banker is a fellow who lends his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.
The master minds of all nations, in all ages, have sprung in affluent multitude from the mass of the nation, and from the mass of the nation only -- not from its privileged classes.
Noise proves nothing, Often a hen who has laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.
One never needs their humor as much as when they argue with a fool.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain't so.
Young women especially have something invested in being nice people, and it's only when you have children that you realize you're not a nice person at all, but generally a selfish bully.
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
I believe in person to person. Every person is Christ for me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment.
Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for -- because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.
The word belief is a difficult thing for me. I don't believe. I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and then I know it --I don't need to believe it.
We don't know one-millionth of one percent about anything.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. [Ecclesiastes 7:9]
The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. [Proverbs 12:6]
Let not the sun go down upon your wrath. [Ephesians 4:26]
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help, and what he cannot help.
Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.
If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong.
Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.
I lose my temper, but it's all over in a minute, said the student. So is the hydrogen bomb, I replied. But think of the damage it produces!
No one can make us angry. People can say and do things to us but it is still up to us as individuals to do what we want with our emotions in response to those things.
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.
Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. The small landowners are the most precious part of a state.
The best memory is that which forgets nothing, but injuries. Write kindness in marble and write injuries in the dust.
Memory is not wisdom; idiots can by rote repeat volumes. Yet what is wisdom without memory?
People often get their imagination's mixed up with their memories.
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
Hatred is self-punishment. Hatred it the coward's revenge for being intimidated.
Never in this world can hatred be stilled by hatred; it will be stilled only by non-hatred -- this is the law of eternal.
Don't confront me with my failures. I have not forgotten them.
Most ignorance is invincible ignorance.We don't know because we don't want to know.
Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.
Ignorance is never out of style. It was in fashion yesterday, it is the rage today and it will set the pace tomorrow.
They who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Watch out when you're getting all you want. Fattening hogs ain't in luck.
Luck is being in the right place at the right time, but location and timing are to some extent under our control.
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
To stop smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know; I've done it a thousand times.
Sometimes too much drink is barely enough.
Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
Faith is believing what you know ain't so.
Happiness ain't a thing in itself --it's only a contrast with something that ain't pleasant. And so, as soon as the novelty is over and the force of the contrast dulled, it ain't happiness any longer, and you have to get something fresh.
There is a great deal of human nature in people.
I would rather have my ignorance than another man's knowledge, because I have so much of it.
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
The advertisements are the most truthful part of a newspaper.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing, but newspapers.
I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up.
When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.

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