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Chinese Proverbs

Those who have money can appear in public; those who have no clothes cannot leave their own doors.

Bosnian Proverbs

Two things rule the world: reward and punishment.

T. H. White, fully Terence Hanbury White

Love is a trick played on us by the forces of evolution. Pleasure is the bait laid down by the same. There is only power. Power is of the individual mind but the mind's power is not enough. Power of the body decides everything in the end and only might is right.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Fortune cannot take away what she did not give.

Stephen King, fully Stephen Edwin King

True love always happens in a flash.

Joseph Story

Human wisdom is the aggregate of all human experience, constantly accumulating, selecting and reorganizing its own materials.

Helen Fisher

Some 100 million prescriptions for antidepressants are written annually in the United States. Because these drugs are becoming generic, they will soon be widely used worldwide as well. Many are SSRIs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. These drugs raise levels of serotonin in brain--a good idea when you are horribly depressed: These drugs blunt the emotions, curb obsessive thinking and help you sleep. BUT serotonin enhancers also suppress the dopamine system in the brain. And dopamine circuits become super active when you feel intense romantic love. So, connecting the dots, I hypothesize that when you take these drugs, you can jeopardize your ability to fall in love and/or stay in love.

Ursula Le Guin, fully Ursula Kroeber Le Guin

We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel... is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.

Swahili Proverbs

One is more tolerant towards one's own.

Vedas, The Vedas

Those who are active shun the company of lethargic. - Rig Veda

Sam Harris, formally Samuel B. "Sam" Harris

Myth #3 - Atheism is dogmatic. Jews, Christians and Muslims claim that their scriptures are so prescient of humanity?s needs that they could only have been written under the direction of an omniscient deity. An atheist is simply a person who has considered this claim, read the books and found the claim to be ridiculous. One doesn?t have to take anything on faith, or be otherwise dogmatic, to reject unjustified religious beliefs. As the programmer Stephen F. Roberts* once said: ?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.?

Author 192983

Appreciate and be thankful for the beauty, order, and intricacy of the world we live in.

Orville Dewey

Truth is the root of all the charities.

Chinese Proverbs

He who covers up his mistakes intends to make some more.

E. O. Wilson, fully Edward Osborne "E.O." Wilson

Resistance to empiricism is also due to a purely emotional shortcoming of the mode of reasoning it promotes: It is bloodless. People need more than reason. They need the poetry of affirmation; they crave an authority greater than themselves at rites of passage and other moments of high seriousness. A majority desperately wish for the immortality the rituals seem to underwrite.

Shoghí Effendi, fully Shoghí Effendí Rabbání

There are innumerable ways of teaching the Cause. You can choose the one that suits best your nature and capacity.

Larry Page, formally Lawrence Page

This is the best day of my life. It's better than prom. It's better than anything in high school. It's better than getting accepted into college.

Georg Brandes, fully Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

Nietzsche asks how it has come about that so prodigious a contradiction can exist as that between the lack of true culture and the self-satisfied belief in actually possessing the only true one and he finds the answer in the circumstance that a class of men has come to the front which no former century has known, and to which (in 1873) he gave the name of “Culture-Philistines.”

Fyodor Dostoevsky, fully Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky or Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

Paradise is hidden in each one of use, it is concealed within me too, right now, and if I wish, it will come for me in reality, tomorrow even, and for the rest of my life.

Guiseppe Mazzini

There is no absolute type on earth: the absolute exists in the Divine Idea alone; the gradual comprehension of which man is destined to attain; although its complete realization is impossible on earth; earthly life being but one stage of the eternal evolution of life, manifested in thought and action; strengthened by all the achievements of the past, and advancing from age to ages towards a less imperfect expression of that idea. Our earthly life is one phase of the eternal aspiration of the soul towards progress, which is our law; ascending in increasing power and purity from the finite towards the infinite; from the real towards the ideal; from that which is, towards that which is to come. In the immense storehouse of the past evolutions of life constituted by universal tradition, and in the prophetic instinct brooding in the depths of the human soul, does poetry seek inspiration. It changes with the times, for it is their expression; it is transformed with society, for?consciously or unconsciously?it sings the lay of Humanity; although, according to the individual bias or circumstances of the singer, it assumes the hues of the present, or of the future in course of elaboration, and foreseen by the inspiration of genius. It sings now a dirge and now a cradle song; it initiates or sums up.

Walter Chrysler, fully Walter Percy Chrysler

All territories are operated on a quota basis, the quotas being set at the home office. We base the establishment of the quota on the actual volume of automobile sales of all makes in the past in that territory, and then figure our percentage to the total sales. Quotas are often unfair, for they are not set on actual conditions. Past sales are a reality and you are not unfair to a man when you ask him to sell a share of what is being sold. We feel this system is just, because if general business in a given territory falls off we are not expecting unreasonable things of our representatives. Often an injustice is very apparent to the men, whereas the organization is perfectly ignorant that it is expecting any more of them than it should. Where sales fall off in a given territory we send our sales expert there immediately and he gives the dealer the benefit of his expert advice.

Tony Blair, fully Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

On these issues, the public fib. They say they want increased spending, and in theory they do?but in practice they think someone else should pay for it. However, there it is. As I used to say, the public aren?t always logical, but that?s their prerogative. They do expect their government to be, nonetheless.

William Graham Sumner

The point which I have tried to make in this lecture is that expansion and imperialism are at war with the best traditions, principles, and interests of the American people, and that they will plunge us into a network of difficult problems and political perils, which we might have avoided, while they offer us no corresponding advantage in return.

Yuval Noah Harari

If we combine the mass extinctions in Australia and America, and add the smaller-scale extinctions that took place as Homo sapiens spread over Afro-Asia ? such as the extinction of all other human species ? and the extinctions that occurred when ancient foragers settled remote islands such as Cuba, the inevitable conclusion is that the first wave of Sapiens colonization was one of the biggest and swiftest ecological disasters to befall the animal kingdom.

Paulo Coelho

Silence does not always mean 'yes'; generally, only demonstrates the inability of people to react immediately.