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  • Perhaps the greatest fraud, imposed on modern man, is the belief that happiness will result from having the things, which culture alone, has caused him to want.

  • Beliefs are based much more on our fears and desires than on our observations.

  • When young, lifeís path seemed straight and wide; when old we recognize that it was really a maze that few navigated successfully.

  • Gaining wisdom is like climbing a pyramid; the further we climb the less that there is to be certain of ahead, until there is finally nothing.

  • The word impossible should be defined as: That which hasnít been done yet.

  • Donít be angry just because another may think that he is better than you; after all what goes on inside of his head is his concern; what you allow to go on inside of your head is your concern.

  • Wisdom is the hunger that prefers to feast on certainties.

  • Establishing priorities in life should be a case of starting at the top and working down.

  • Very few of our beliefs are of observations; rather almost all of our beliefs, that are based on our observations, are conclusions about observations. Because of this, beliefs about the same thing can be as varied as the observers.

  • Consistency is regarded by many as a virtue; but in nature, the only things that are consistent are those things that are dead; yet even here, close examination indicates that there is change, no matter how slight. Therefore consistency is deader than dead.

  • Those that seek to cause envy in others are more deserving of pity than of envy.

  • When we claim to understand, we should understand that our understanding has just begun.

  • Disorder is the rule of Nature, not order; what we call order in the Universe is disorder being perceived from a far; what we call order here on Earth, is disorder being perceived in ultra-slow-motion.

  • Beliefs are like living things; they should be taken out regularly and walked around in your brain; if they no longer perform the way that is wanted, then replace them with younger beliefs that do. If not exercised regularly, you might find that some beliefs have become so weakened as to do nothing but occupy space.

  • The time will probably come when that day, which we regard as wasted today, would have become invaluable at lifeís end.

  • Everyone wonders who invented the wheel without ever wondering who invented the axel that permitted the wheel to be useful. Without the axel, the wheel is but a childís toy.

  • ďI canít.í is a hypothesis. ďI can try again.Ē is a fact.

  • Many believe that history is what those of the past or present wants us to believe; yet even in this case, it is still history, but a history of the desires of the past and present. One way or another, it is all history.

  • Truth never flees from us; rather it is we that flee from it when it disagrees with what we prefer.

  • What you are today is the result of all of your lifeís preparation. It is relevant to ask yourself: Am I worth it?

  • One test of reality is to determine if it is infinitely divisible; if it is, then it isnít.

  • If it is really only truth that we seek, why do we care whether others regard us as being correct?

  • The personal dislikes that we have of another, reveals more about our fears, than it does about the negative traits of that person.

  • Even though into each life some rain must fall, try to think of the rain as cleansing your world of those things that are of little matter.

  • To what extent that we find ourselves so attached to anything that we feel that we couldnít freely give it up, to that extent we are tethered to that thing. We are thus less free because of that attachment, and the most enslaved of all are those that have the most attachments that they feel that they canít live without. The mind operates in the same way when we develop beliefs that we would regard as impossible to abandon, thus enslaving our minds in the very same way that we have enslaved our bodies.


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