“ Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. ”
“ The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. ”
“ How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ”
“ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ”
“ We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. ”
“ One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away. ”
“ It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them! ”
“ A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ”
“ You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you
“ Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world. ”
“ Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! ”
“ There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. ”
“ Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. ”
“ You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it. ”
“ The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also. ”
“ For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you. ”
“ A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window. ”
“ Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. ”
“ If you win, you need not have to explain...If you lose, you should not be there to explain! ”
“ I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always ... so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you. ”
“ Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. ”