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"The life which is unexamined is not worth living."
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"We should know what our convictions are, and stand for them. Upon one's own philosophy, conscious or unconscious, depends one's ultimate interpretation of facts. Therefore it is wise to be as clear as possible about one's subjective principles. As the man is, so will be his ultimate truth."
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"If you do not ask yourself what it is you know, you will go on listening to others and change will not come because you will not hear your own truth."
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"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, 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 indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."


This one's just funny:

"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."



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Ha! Love the cat quote!

I love quotations, in fact there's a quote about quotes... Can't remember or find it though... Basically says that quotations are our best way of preserving and passing on wisdom...

One of my favourites is "the problem is not whether machines think, it is whether men do" - alan turing
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My favorite quote is my signature.

What it is is what it is.

I also like this one by confucious

Women that fly upside down end up with crack up. Sorry ladies
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Einstein Quotes I found, I thought Paul might like them, I agree with all of them fully by the way

"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind." [pg. 153, Calaprice, Quotable Einstein]

"I believe in a Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and actions of human beings." Telegram to a Jewish newspaper, 1929; [pg.147, Calaprice]. (Spinoza believed the more one studies and understands the universe the better one understands God)

"I can not accept any concept of God based on the fear of life or the fear of death or blind faith. I can not prove to you that there is no personal God, but if I were to speak of him I would be a liar." [pg. 58, Mayer, Bite-size Einstein]

"Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe - a spirit vastly superior to that of man...In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is indeed quite different from the religiosity of someone more naive." [Letter to a child who asked if scientist pray, January 24, 1936; pg. 152 Calaprice]

"I cannot believe that God would choose to play dice with the universe." or sometimes quoted as "God does not play dice with the universe." [pg. 56, Mayer]

"I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the kind that we experience in ourselves. Neither can I nor would I want to conceive of an individual that survives his physical death; let feeble souls, from fear or absurd egoism, cherish such thoughts. I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and with the awareness and a glimpse of the marvelous structure of the existing world, together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the Reason that manifests itself in nature." [Albert Einstein, The World as I See It American Institute of Physics Online]

In their struggle for the ethical good, teachers of religion must have the stature to give up the doctrine of a personal God, that is, give up that source of fear and hope which in the past placed such vast power in the hands of the priests." [pg.153 Calaprice]

"It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it."
[Albert Einstein, 1954, from "Albert Einstein: The Human Side", edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman, Princeton University Press]

"I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science. [He was speaking of Quantum Mechanics and the breaking down of determinism.] My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance -- but for us, not for God."
[Albert Einstein, from "Albert Einstein: The Human Side", edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman, Princeton University Press]

"What humanity owes to personalities like Buddha, Moses, and Jesus ranks for me higher than all the achievements of the inquiring and constructive mind." [pg. 56 Mayer]

"The priests, in control of education, made the class division of society into a permanent institution and created a system of values by which the people were thenceforth, to a large extent unconsciously, guided in their social behavior." ["Why Socialism" by Albert Einstein, Albert Einstein Online]

"The relativity principle in connection with the basic Maxwellian equations demands that the mass should be a direct measure of the energy contained in a body; light transfers mass. With radium there should be a noticeable diminution of mass. The idea is amusing and enticing; but whether the Almighty is laughing at it and is leading me up the garden path - that I cannot know." [Letter to Conrad Habicht in 1905, pg. 196 Folsing, Albert Einstein: A Biography]
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"The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds."
~Will Durant

"The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking."
~Albert Einstein

"No amount of energy will take the place of thought. A strenuous life with its eyes shut is a kind of wild insanity.'
~Henry Van Dyke

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"Men can live without air a few minutes, without water for about two weeks, without food for about two months - and without a new thought for years on end."
~Kent Ruth
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If the human mind was simple enough to understand, we'd be too simple to understand it.
- Emerson Pugh

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
- Galileo Galilei

An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.
- Aldous Huxley

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
- Baltasar Gracian

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.
- Jack Handey
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:46 PM
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From Carl Sagan when asked what his gut feeling was about life on other planets.

"I try not to think with my gut"
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Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Albert Einstein
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Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Mark Twain

Here's another of his that happens to apply to what we're all working to break - habits.

Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.
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The Path is the Goal...Chogyam Trungpa

Beware of the person of one book.
~Saint Thomas Aquinas

....in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. ~ President Obama

"The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence because it's full of ********" ~ Anonomous

"What doesn't kill you serves to make you stronger" ~ Anonomous, but a favourite

Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river. ~ Lao Tse.

Without going out of your door, You can know the ways of the world. Without peeping through your window, you can see the Way of Heaven. The farther you go, The less you know. ~Lao Tse

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. ~Jesus Christ/Matthew 6:34

Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. ~Jesus Christ/Matthew 7:12

If those who lead you say 'God's Kingdom's in heaven,' then the birds will fly there first. If they say 'it's in the sea,' then the fish will swim there first. For God's kingdom dwells in your heart and all around you; when you know your Self you too shall be known! ~Jesus Christ, Gospel of Thomas

The mind is everything. What you think you become.
~ Gautam Buddha

To God belongs the east and the west. Whichever way you turn there is the face of God. ~ Prophet Muhammed Qur'an 2:115

give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish ~ Anonomous

But my favourite,

Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility ~ Dahli Lama
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Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and he'll buy a funny hat.
Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you're a consultant.
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Our worst fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves;"Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous." Actually, who are you not to be. You are a child of God; your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

By Nelson Mandela.
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