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  • It is easier to respect the unfamiliar than it is to respect the familiar, which probably explains why truth is so highly respected.

  • To be either 99% or 101% true is to be false.

  • As intoxicating as alcohol is, so are many of mankindís beliefs, especially those that are believed to be divine in origin, and like alcohol those beliefs tend to be much more intoxicating to a few than to the many.

  • What some claim as a miracle may only be an unexplainable occurrence for which weíve yet to discover a cause. To dismiss miracles as mere humbug is to arrogantly claim a greater understanding of the Universe than is probable.

  • Many of our beliefs are like looking at a bright star on a hazy night when few other stars can be seen. If one stares at that star for a while the star seems to start wandering. In much the same way, beliefs, if held too tightly, also start our realities to go a wandering.

  • We have yet to document the existence of a haunted house but have no trouble finding all we want of haunted heads.

  • One way to discover our delusions is to practice, in thought and speech, by substituting the word ďexistsĒ for the word ďisĒ. If they donít mean exactly the same thing, then some degree of delusion is present.

  • Untruths often come to the ball disguised as wisdom and knowledge.

  • It seems as if modern man wants to dismiss the wisdom of the ancients as no longer relevant to our future; a wisdom that for thousands of years has indicated that happiness can never be found in possessions or the approval of others, but found only within oneís being. The general discontent of our present time shows the truth in the words of the ancients.

  • Most things happen without a purpose, but nothing happens without a cause.

  • It is no coincidence that those that most object to any view of the naked body are also the chief opponents of the naked truth.

  • To be objective, we should never lay claim to a truth but only a discovery that may be closer to the truth.

  • More important than the acquisition of knowledge, is the detection and elimination of knowledge which isnít.

  • Evil is like a sty, in that itís always in the eye of its beholder.

  • If we believe that happiness can only come through the acquisition of the latest gadget or the newest house, then we have to assume that happiness was nonexistent before the gadget and the house existed. There are many that were and are happy with none of what many regard today as necessary for happiness.

  • Perhaps those that believe that America is going down the drain are correct, but it may be that the drain empties into an even brighter future. Maybe this is exactly what worries them.

  • It is never possible to understand the nature of what itís like to be a mouse or an eagle; in fact we never even understand what itís like to just be a member of the opposite sex. Because of this, we should never pretend to understand the many things that we have never experienced. It is the fear of the unknown that is primarily responsible for our delusion of believing that we understand that which is impossible to understand. By not believing that we understand that which cannot be understood, we leave ourselves open to accepting the differences between ourselves and all others, and to recognizing the beauty of that which is unique within each of us.


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