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  • Those who claim that something in life isnít fair usually keep the rule books in their heads.

  • If adversity is supposed to strengthen us, why is it that those who have suffered the most adversity seem so weak?

  • Those that might be momentarily inhibited by the saying- ďTwo wrongs donít make a right.Ē might be encouraged to make three or four more.

  • To know the beliefs of others, keep your eyes on their hands and feet and ignore their mouths.

  • The friend of all is truth, no matter how unwelcome on arrival.

  • What is almost certain to prevent success is the nagging worry of what others might think if we fail.

  • We should regard criticisms as perhaps free education about ourselves.

  • Wisdom is not immutable; as conditions change so does what is wise, that is if one is wise.

  • Those that believe that time is money have to wonder why the rich die rich instead of paupers.

  • It has often been said that numbers donít lie, and that is true since numbers donít do anything; however, what is most often overlooked by those that like this kind bumper sticker wisdom is that often the numbers themselves are lies, and if not lies are presented in such a way that we will predictably derive untruths from them.

  • All that we call progress is, in the eyes of many, an obvious regress.

  • When we say that we understand, we should identify which of the four types of understanding that we mean, such as: 1) where we share the same emotion. 2) where we put something in a class that we accept as a generality 3) where we identify a cause-effect relationship, and 4) where a mathematical equation must be used.

  • To become free, the first thing to do is throw off the shackles of those things that are regarded as indisputably true.

  • We lie when we remain silent when recognizing an untruth.

  • The most important questions are those that stir the still waters.

  • It is most constructive when we can view ourselves as a work in progress and not the final product.

  • Many criticize science for its frequently changing its opinion on matters; of course that is what science should do unless the critics think it wiser to keep old opinions when knowledge shows that those opinions were false. Science isnít a dogma; rather it is a process of constantly seeking truth.

  • The first step towards progress starts with the assumption that some truths that we believe to be true are actually false.

  • Reading is often posed as the exploration of the minds of others, which is one way to avoid exploring their own minds, an exploration that has usually been all too superficial.

  • The most successful lies are those that are mostly true.

  • The first step in seeking truth is to doubt all authorities, even the voice within that commands acceptance.

  • Undoubtedly reality exists; its nature though will always remain a hypothesis.

  • People donít want to be free as much as they want a confinement greater than what they already have.

  • One of the problems at any time is our arrogant belief that right and wrong are imbedded in concrete when actually both are fickle and have always changed with the time, place, and circumstance.

  • Our advances in science impress us so much only because we reflect on our prior ignorance; however, if we could only grasp the enormity of the unknown, our achievements would seem puny but still great.

  • The strength of science is that it rejects itself when evidence shows it to be in error; the weakness of religion is that religion rejects knowledge when knowledge doesnít agree with religion.

  • Those who believe that success is only getting the acclaim of others will never know the sense of the greatest success, which is to have lived life doing ones best whether recognized by others or not.

  • It is only in our descriptions of that which exits, do we find truth; all other descriptions are only hopes put to words.

  • One of the most frequent causes of our failures is that we believed the lies that we told ourselves.

  • In life there are some things worthy of fear; however the great majority of our fears arise from not understanding that which we fear.

  • Many make the mistake of believing that possessions can ever fill their vacuum within.

  • Most tend to believe that right and wrong have an objective existence; while the overwhelming probability is that these are merely mankindís tools for producing conforming behavior in those that will accept such beliefs.

  • Itís nonsense to believe that merely working hard will bring economic success; what will do that is working hard and well at something that holds the probability of economic success.

  • If a belief has to be supported by referring to an authority, the belief should be pushed over.

  • In order to soar we must first cast off the ballast of doctrines.

  • Self-denial doesnít necessarily make you live longer but it necessarily makes it seem so.

  • If the extremes of cases seem absurd then the middles should be suspect as well.

  • Error is often formed by assuming to know the answer before it is determined.

  • Art is appreciated less on merit and more by being anointed by those that claim to be experts.

  • We are what we are but we will become what we believe.

  • A child cannot ask a silly question; adults on the other hand, can provide silly responses.

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders are far more numerous than recognized because when they are applauded by society, they are often called virtues.

  • Those that believe that only they can change themselves never experienced the brutality of life over long periods. Such a belief totally ignores the molding influence of ones environment.

  • Only in fantasy and mathematics is equality ever fully achieved.

  • The easiest way to get others to believe you is to tell them what they want to hear; truth is entirely irrelevant.

  • The best thing about becoming wealthy is that it frees you to pursue the important things in life.

  • Try to understand everything; expect to understand nothing.

  • Determinism may accurately describe most of what we are; however, because of the shallowness of understanding this concept perhaps it might be better to assume it to be a minor part of what we are.


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