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Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Thinking doesn't pay. Just makes you discontented with what you see around you.
Faith strikes me as intellectual laziness.
If you've got the truth you can demonstrate it. Talking doesn't prove it.
The golden sunshine of Italy congealed into tears. Here's to alcoholic brotherhood ... much more suited to the frail human soul, if any, than any other sort.
His was not a small mind bothered by logic and consistency.
But goodness alone is never enough. A hard, cold wisdom is required for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil.
English is capable of defining sentiments that the human nervous system is quite incapable of experiencing.
Most neuroses and some psychoses can be traced to the unnecessary and unhealthy habit of daily wallowing in the troubles and sins of five billion strangers.
Like every living thing its prime characteristic is a blind, unreasoned instinct to survive.
Secrecy begets tyranny.
He's an honest politician--he stays bought.
Government! Three fourths parasitic and the other fourth Stupid fumbling.
I do know that the slickest way to lie is to tell the right amount of truth--then shut up.
Death isn't funny." "Then why are there so many jokes about death? Jill, with us — us humans — death is so sad that we must laugh at it.
Daughters can spend ten percent more than a man can make in any usual occupation. That’s a law of nature, to be known henceforth as ‘Harshaw’s Law.
Oh, you have to charge 'em, Jubal. The marks won't pay attention if it's free.
I'm always suspicious of disinterested interest.
Churches thrive on martyrdom and persecution.
Come Judgment Day, we may find that Mumbo Jumbo the God of the Congo was the Big Boss all along.
The worst that can possibly have happened to him is death and that we are all in for---if not this morning, then in days, or weeks, or years at most.
A desire not to butt into other people's business is at least eighty percent of all human wisdom.
The only religious opinion I feel sure of is this: self-awareness is not just a bunch of amino acids bumping together.
The slickest way in the world to lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time-and then shut up.
As for logic and internal consistency, these mundane rules do not apply to sacred writings and never have...
Başkalarının işine burnunu sokmamak insanın sahip olabileceği bilgeliğin yüzde seksenidir... kalan yüzde yirmi de pek önemli değildir zaten.
Anne is God. I am God. The happy grass are God, Jill groks in beauty always. Jill is God. All shaping and making and creating together.
Bir kaplanın sırtında yolculuk etmenin en önemli kuralı, kulaklarını asla bırakmamaktır.
Were you born stupid, Heinrich, or did you have to study?
All those religions--they contradict each other on every point but every one of them is filled with ways to help people to be brave enough to laugh even though they know they are dying.
. . . they would rather sneer at us and be smug, because we 'fail' to see what they are driving at. If indeed they are driving at anything--obscurity is usually the refuge of incompetence.
But one way or another competing and weeding takes place . . . or a race goes downhill.
Many older physicians had gone to their graves calling Pasteur a liar, a fool, or worse---and without examining evidence which their “common sense” told them was impossible.
Harshaw had the arrogant humility of the man who has learned so much that he is aware of his own ignorance and he saw no point in 'measurements' when he did not know what he was measuring.
Property is not the natural and obvious and inevitable concept that most people think it is.
…the greatest danger to man in space was man himself.
Do you know your Bible?''Uh, not very well.''It merits study, it contains very practical advice for most emergencies.
Customs, morals--is there a difference?
Because the world has gone nutty and art always paints the spirit of its times