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John Brockman

Income is an important determinant of people?s satisfaction with their lives, but it is far less important than most people think. If everyone had the same income, the differences among people in life satisfaction would be reduced by less than 5 percent.

Thomas Jefferson

I believe... that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.

Joseph Goldstein

Every time we become aware of a thought, as opposed to being lost in a thought, we experience that opening of the mind.

Atharva Veda, or Atharvaveda

He established the many worlds and skies. The soul is illumined with His Light; no one can revoke His Blessing. Meditate, meditate in remembrance on God, and become fearless.

William Cowper

I have often wondered that Dryden’s illustrious epigram on Milton (in my mind the second-best that ever was made) has never been translated into Latin for the admiration of the learned in other countries. I have at last presumed to venture upon the task myself. The great closeness of the original Three poets, in three distant ages born, which is equal in that respect to the most compact Latin I ever saw, made it extremely difficult.

Joseph Campbell

The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here is the place to have the experience.

Stephen Charnock

The whole design of men’s preservation hath been beaten in pieces by some unforeseen circumstance, so that judgments have broken in upon them without control, and all their subtleties been outwitted; the strange crossing of some in their estates, though the most wise, industrious, and frugal persons, and that by strange and unexpected ways; and it is observable how often everything contributes to carry on a judgment intended, as if they rationally designed it: all those loudly proclaim a God in the world; if there were no God, there would be no sin; if no sin, there would be no punishment.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is safer to offend certain men than it is to oblige them; for as proof that they owe nothing they seek recourse in hatred.

Patañjali

Wrong knowledge is false, illusory, erroneous beliefs or notions.

Aldous Leonard Huxley

The world is a mirror of Infinite Beauty, yet no man sees it. It is a Temple of Majesty, yet no man regards it. It is a region of Light and Peace, did not men disquiet it. It is the Paradise of God.

Clarence Darrow, fully Clarence Seward Darrow

There is no such thing as justice - in or out of court.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is but one chain holding us in fetters, and that is our love of life.

Bertrand Russell, fully Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

Believers in immortality will object to physiological arguments [against personal immortality] on the ground that soul and body are totally disparate, and that the soul is something quite other than its empirical manifestations through our bodily organs. I believe this to be a metaphysical superstition. Mind and matter alike are for certain purposes convenient terms, but are not ultimate realities. Electrons and protons, like the soul, are logical fictions; each is really a history, a series of events, not a single persistent entity. In the case of the soul, this is obvious from the facts of growth. Whoever considers conception, gestation, and infancy cannot seriously believe that the soul in any indivisible something, perfect and complete throughout this process. It is evident that it grows like the body, and that it derives both from the spermatozoon and from the ovum, so that it cannot be indivisible.

Paul Bowles

If people and their manner of living were alike everywhere, there would not be much point in moving from one place to another.

Scottish Proverbs

It is dangerous to interfere with a man seriously engaged in business.

Robert Burns, aka Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard

He turn'd him right and round about upon the Irish shore; and gae his bridle reins a shake, with adieu forevermore, My dear? And adieu forevermore!

Scott Rickard

Pattern-free music.

Margaret Atwood, fully Margaret Eleanor Atwood

I want her back. I want everything back, the way it was. But there is no point to it, this wanting.

Peggy McColl

Whenever you're facing any form of resistance, gratitude has the power to quickly dissolve it. This is true whether the hindrance comes from inside of you or outside of you.

M. Scott Peck, fully Morgan Scott Peck

There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.

Matthew Arnold

A world these sophists throng! Be neither saint nor sophist-led, but be a man.

Swahili Proverbs

The child who grows up with you is your fellow.

English Proverbs

Head cook and bottle-washer.

Miguel de Unamuno, fully Miguel de Unamuno y Jogo

And what is its moral proof? We may formulate it thus: Act so that in your own judgment and in the judgment of others you may merit eternity, act so that you may become irreplaceable, act so that you may not merit death. Or perhaps thus: Act as if you were to die tomorrow, but to die in order to survive and be eternalized. The end of morality is to give personal, human finality to the Universe; to discover the finality that belongs to it ? if indeed it has any finality ? and to discover it by acting.

James Gleick

The ability to write and read books is one of the things that transformed us as a species.