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You're in a much better position to talk with people when they approach you than when you approach them.

Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.
The purpose of problems is to push you toward obedience to God's laws, which are exact and cannot be changed. We have the free will to obey them or disobey them. Obedience will bring harmony, disobedience will bring you more problems.
A pilgrim is a wanderer with purpose.
As I lived up to the highest light I had, higher and higher light came to me.
Worry is a useless mulling over of things we cannot change.
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
An ordinary man away from home giving advice.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
Oh, duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
I know of no great man except those who have rendered great services to the human race.
It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.
Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.
Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers.
The punishment of criminals should serve a purpose. When a man is hanged he is useless.
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother.
Truth is a fruit which should not be plucked until it is ripe.
Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
Common sense is not so common.
Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.
Work keeps at bay, three great evils -- boredom, vice and need.
He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives; very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies it is the first law of nature.
Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.
The best is the enemy of the good.
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.
I believe that there never was a creator of a philosophical system who did not confess at the end of his life that he had wasted his time. It must be admitted that the inventors of the mechanical arts have been much more useful to men that the inventors of syllogisms. He who imagined a ship towers considerably above him who imagined innate ideas.
Work is often the father of pleasure.
Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures.
The pursuit of what is true and the practice of what is good are the two most important objects of philosophy.
Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism.
In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.
The superfluous is very necessary.
I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.
If there were only one religion in England there would be danger of despotism, if there were two, they would cut each other's throats, but there are thirty, and they live in peace and happiness.
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
Animals have these advantages over man: They have no theologians to instruct them, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.
I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Martyrdom does not end something, it only a beginning.
There are two kinds of people: Those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group because there is less competition there.
The ideas that have lighted my way and, time after time, have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery everyday. Never lose a holy curiosity.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.
God's finger touched him and he slept.
Her eyes are homes of silent prayers.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
I hold it true, whatever befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; 'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.
My strength has the strength of ten because my heart is pure.
Theirs is not to make reply: Theirs is not to reason why: Theirs is but to do and die.
Words are alive; cut them and they bleed.
The battle that never ends is the battle of belief against unbelief.
God is subtle, but He is not malicious. I cannot believe that God plays dice with the world.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
God is clever, but not dishonest.
The fundamental impulse of the movement is neither masturbatory nor concretely lesbian -- although it of course offers warm house to both these possibilities; it is an impulse to maidenhood -- to that condition in which a woman might pretend to a false fear or loathing of the penis in order to escape from any responsibility for the pleasure and well-being of the man who possesses it.
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 separate from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
They come into being not through demonstration but through revelation, through the medium of powerful personalities.
To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
The people I'm furious with are the Women's Liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming women are brighter than men. That's true, but it should be kept quiet or it ruins the whole racket.
People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top.
Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don't put off being happy until some future date.
According to this conception, the sole function of education was to open the way to thinking and knowing, and the school, as the outstanding organ for the people's education, must serve that end exclusively.
It is our American habit if we find the foundations of our educational structure unsatisfactory to add another story or wing. We find it easier to add a new study or course or kind of school than to recognize existing conditions so as to meet the need. strangled the holy curious of inquiry. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.
It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
And the high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule, or to impose himself in any other way.
The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise
Suddenly is the soul oned to God when it is truly peaced in itself: for in Him is found no wrath. And thus I saw when we are all in peace and in love, we find no contrariness, nor no manner of letting through that contrariness which is now in us.
I can't believe that God plays dice with the universe.
I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas.
During the last century, and part of the one before, it was widely held that there was an unreconcilable conflict between knowledge and belief.
Some pray to marry the man they love, my prayer will somewhat vary; I humbly pray to Heaven above that I love the man I marry.
When one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people's time, not one's own.
If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
Love is a better teacher than duty.
To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground.
All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.
If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the unlimitable superior who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
If we knew what we were doing it wouldn't be research.
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
The man of science is a poor philosopher.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up.
A theory is the more impressive the greater is the simplicity of its premises, the more different are the kinds of things it relates and the more extended the range of its applicability.
All these constructions and the laws connecting them can be arrived at by the principle of looking for the mathematically simplest concepts and the link between them.
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms -- this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the rank of devoutly religious men.
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
The opinion prevailed among advanced minds that it was time that belief should be replaced increasingly by knowledge; belief that did not itself rest on knowledge was superstition, and as such had to be opposed.
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
The only source of knowledge is experience.
Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things
For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.

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