Quotations

A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.

The cowboys have a way of trussing up a steer or a pugnacious bronco which fixes the brute so that it can neither move nor think. This is the hog-tie, and it is what Euclid did to geometry.

Throughout history there have been delightful little blobs of collective hope. For a couple of years in the late sixties, no matter what was going on in the world, our generation happily assumed that with love and education we could change outdated social systems. One huge thing that we missed, 90 percent of the population is genetically imbued with sub-mediocre reasoning skills. No matter how much you hug them or read to them, there’s no correcting stupid.

The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth.

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

Buddha

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.

In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people.

Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.

What is the appropriate behavior for a person in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to their piece of debris? What is the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?

Buddha

I have learned that a person may use as simple a diet as the other animals and yet retain heath and strength...yet people have come to such a pass they they frequently starve not of want to necessities but for want of luxuries.

Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.

The conviction should permeate all the sciences that their content is purely thought-content and that they stand in no other connection to perception than that they see, in the object of perception, a particular form of the concept.

When governments fear their people you can be sure they are not serving their people. This has always been the minefield of patriotism: loyalty to our government often means hostility to our country and vice-versa.

One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that its thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful theories.

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.

Buddha

All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.

Buddha

Teachers and schools tend to mistake good behavior for good character. What they prize is docility, suggestibility; the child who will do what he is told; or even better, the child who will do what is wanted without even having to be told. They value most in children what children least value in themselves. Small wonder that their effort to build character is such a failure; they don't know it when they see it.

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group.

I'm waiting for the Supreme Court of Corporate Determinations to determine that some Global Corporation does indeed own the air and that we will have to wear personal Breathing Meters and pay for every breath we take just as surely as I have to pay a utility bill every month now.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

The Free Software Foundation and Richard Stallman's work represents the most important work for freedom that this culture (the American culture) has seen in many many generations, because it takes the idea of freedom and it removes it from the ivory tower and it removes it from lawyers and places it in a community--a technology community--that is one of the most important communities defining the contours of freedom that most people in our culture--and increasingly around the world--will know.

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

Buddha

The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor. The majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands – the ownership and control of their livelihoods – are set at naught, we can have neither men’s rights nor women’s rights. The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease.

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.

1. Politics without principle 2. Wealth without work 3. Commerce without morality 4. Pleasure without conscience 5. Education without character 6. Science without humanity 7. Worship without sacrifice

Gandhi

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus and you've got to make it stop.

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.

You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered. . . . Where are you living? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your water? Know your garden. It is time to speak your truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for your leader.

Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people. The sap which courses through the trees carries the memories of the man.

You must give up the life you had planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.

Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it.

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

[A mathematician is a] scientist who can figure out anything except such simple things as squaring the circle and trisecting an angle.

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a person who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.

Why do we believe that in all matters the odd numbers are more powerful?

We have seen that not all people of the Earth show the same kind of respect for this world and its beings. The Indo-European people who have colonized our lands have shown very little respect for the things that create and support Life. We believe that these people ceased their respect for the world a long time ago. Many thousands of years ago, all the people of the world believed in the same Way of Life, that of harmony with the universe. All lived according to the Natural Ways.

Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover.

"Every minute dies a man, Every minute one is born;" I need hardly point out to you that this calculation would tend to keep the sum total of the world's population in a state of perpetual equipoise, whereas it is a well-known fact that the said sum total is constantly on the increase.

Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends.

Oh, what a catastrophe, what a maiming of love when it was made personal, merely personal feeling. This is what is the matter with us: we are bleeding at the roots because we are cut off from the earth and sun and stars. Love has become a grinning mockery because, poor blossom, we plucked it from its stem on the Tree of Life and expected it to keep on blooming in our civilized vase on the table.

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.