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“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”

“Expect everything, I always say, and the unexpected never happens.”

“If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, “He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.”

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

“Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don’t say that you’ve wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.”

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”

“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.”

“He suddenly recalled from Plato’s Symposium: People were hermaphrodites until God split then in two, and now all the halves wander the world over seeking one another. Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.”

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.”

“No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”

“One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.”


“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?”


“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,”

“I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people-to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole, to see the cause and think it’s the effect or vice versa”

“The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.”


“belief is the death of intelligence.”

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.”

“People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don’t know is what what they do does.”

“Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.”

“Wisest is she who knows she does not know.”

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”

“Things do not change; we change.”

“The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.”

“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.”


“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”

“Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep”

“I don’t deserve a soul, yet I still have one. I know because it hurts.”

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”


“Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure”

“The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.”

“If it turns out that there is a God…the worst that you can say about him is that basically he’s an underachiever.”

“You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker”


“Non est ad astra mollis e terris via” – “There is no easy way from the earth to the stars”

“It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished.”

“He died that day because his body had served its purpose. His soul had done what it came to do, learned what it came to learn, and then was free to leave.”

“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”

“No one should ever ask themselves that: why am I unhappy? The question carries within it the virus that will destroy everything. If we ask that question, it means we want to find out what makes us happy. If what makes us happy is different from what we have now, then we must either change once and for all or stay as we are, feeling even more unhappy.”

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding… And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy”

“I don’t want to be a tree; I want to be its meaning.”


“Know thyself? If I knew myself, I’d run away.”


“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”

“Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn’t give you what you desire – it tells you how to desire.”

“On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.”

“I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.”

“Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I’ve said before, bugs in amber.”

“I was never aware of any other option but to question everything.”

“The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.”


“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

“There are no ordinary moments.”

“Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.”

“Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.”

“It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.”

“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.”

“When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you.”

“The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.”

“The menu is not the meal.”

“Take it easy, but take it.”

“All knowledge is worth having.”

“We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged”

“No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected. To live is to be slowly born.”

“But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”

“The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that.”

“Don’t just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents.”


“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.”

“Anyway—because we are readers, we don’t have to wait for some communications executive to decide what we should think about next—and how we should think about it. We can fill our heads with anything from aardvarks to zucchinis—at any time of night or day.”

“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”


“When a man learns to love, he must bear the risk of hatred.”


“The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.”


“The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!”

“The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.”

“To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.”

“Last night I was seriously considering whether I was a bisexual or not but I don’t think so though I’m not sure if I’d like to be and argh I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, if you like a person, you like the person, not their genitals.”

“If you’re trapped in the dream of the Other, you’re fucked.”