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Oliver Sacks

They opened their feet continually abyss of amnesia, but he saved them , to wit, through rapid confabulations and fictions of all kinds. Fictions were not for him, it was like suddenly saw or played the world. The incessant flow and incoherence of the world could not tolerate, could not admit for a moment ... that strange and delirious replacing quasi-coherence, with which Mr. Thomson, with its continuous, unconscious and vertiginous inventions, constantly improvising a world around him, a world of the Arabian nights, a phantasmagoria, a dream of situations, images and people in perpetual change, continuous transformations and mutations, kaleidoscopic... This frenzy potential invention can produce extremely bright and fantasy (a true genius confabulatory) because the patient must literally make himself (and build your world) at every moment. We have, each and every one, a biographical story, an inner narrative whose continuity, whose sense, is our life. One could say that each of us builds and lives a narrative and that this narrative is us, our identity.

Tryon Edwards

In its influence on the soul, error has been compared to a magnet concealed near the ship's compass. - As in the latter case, the more favorable the winds, and the greater the diligence and skill in working the ship, the more rapidly will it be speeded on in a wrong course; and so in the former, the greater the struggle for safety, the more speedy the progress to ruin.

Patañjali

That Kriya-yoga should be practiced for bringing about Samadhi and minimizing the Klesas.

Edward Stillingfleet

Error is but the shadow of the truth.

Paul Hawken

People are asked to place their faith in economic and political systems that have polluted water, air, and sea; that have despoiled communities, sacked workforces, reduced incomes for most people in the world for the past three decades, and created a stratosphere sufficiently permeated with industrial gases that we are, in effect, playing dice with the planet.

Zen Proverbs and Thoughts

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.

Lydia Sigourney, fully Lydia Huntley Sigourney, née Lydia Howard Huntley

An appearance of delicacy is inseparable from sweetness and gentleness of character.

Gore Vidal, fully Eugene Luther Gore Vidal

"You got to meet everyone — Jackie Kennedy, William Burroughs." People always put that sentence the wrong way around. I mean, why not put it the true way, that these people got to meet me, and wanted to? Otherwise it sounds like I spent my life hustling around trying to meet people: "Oh, look, there's the governor."

Robert Henri

Things should all be moving toward the expression of a great idea.

Samuel Gompers

America must be kept American. Those who would flood the country with hordes of immigrants from southeastern Europe care no more for America then do the Hottentots. Their desires are governed by greed.

Romanian Proverbs

Wisdom is better than strength.

Michael Harrington, fully Edward Michael "Mike" Harrington

Capitalist man was accomplishing moral and political virtue as well as observing economic reason when he vigorously pursued his personal gain.

Yuval Noah Harari

Christianity would not have lasted 2,000 years if the majority of bishops and priests failed to believe in Christ. American democracy would not have lasted almost 250 years if the majority of presidents and congressmen failed to believe in human rights. The modern economic system would not have lasted a single day if the majority of investors and bankers failed to believe in capitalism.

Sherwin Nuland, fully Sherwin Bernard Nuland

The writings and the recommendations of the earliest medical scientists and the new breed of clinicians between the mid-fifteenth and early seventeenth centuries were based on the supposition that sufficient study and experimentation would elucidate not only the origins of disease, but its treatment as well.

Leonard Susskind

Physicists almost never talk about reality. The problem is that what people tend to mean by "reality" has more to do with biology and evolution and with our hardwiring and our neural architecture than it has to do with physics itself. We're prisoners of our own neural architecture. We can visualize some things. We can't visualize other things.... So I say, let's get rid of the word "reality." Let's have our whole discussion without the word "reality." It gets in the way. It conjures up things that are rarely helpful. The word "reproducible" is a more useful word than "real."

Simon Sinek

Republicans are completely befuddled by Obama's 'star power' and don't seem to have a clear or effective strategy to compete.

Thomas Jefferson

It astonishes me to find... [that so many] of our countrymen... should be contented to live under a system which leaves to their governors the power of taking from them the trial by jury in civil cases, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of commerce, the habeas corpus laws, and of yoking them with a standing army. This is a degeneracy in the principles of liberty... which I [would not have expected for at least] four centuries. - to William Stephens Smith, 1788. (*) FE 5:3

Berber Proverbs

Don't be deceived by the whiteness of the turban; soap is bought on credit.

Sathya Sai Baba, fully Sri Sathya Sai Baba

How is individual transformation to be achieved? There are some bad habits among individuals such as smoking, drinking liquor, meat eating and gambling. These bad habits not only degrade the individuals but also inflict hardships on their families. These bad habits have to be given up for the individual to manifest his inherent goodness. One's personality can blossom only when he leads a moral life.

Scottish Proverbs

O ae ill come mony.

Robert Kennedy, fully Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy

We in Government have begun to recognize the critical work which must be done at all levels--local, State and Federal--in ending the pollution of our waters.

Baruch Spinoza, later Benedict de Spinoza

The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.

Voltaire, pen name of François-Marie Arouet

A company of solemn tyrants is impervious to all seductions.

W. Somerset Maugham, fully William Somerset Maugham

He refused tea, but Mrs. Crowley poured out a cup and handed it to him. 'You need not drink it, but I insist on your holding it in your hand. I hat people who habitually deny themselves things.

Mahatma Gandhi, fully Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aka Bapu

Prayer is the very soul and essence of religion and therefore prayer must be the very core of the life of man, for no man can live without religion.