… some quotations from famous people, friends and strangers that I find very insightful and that give me meaning and guidance for life …
An end in terror is preferable to terror without end.
Human society is inconceivable unless words are to some extent bonds.
Do not imagine that you can escape judgment if you rob people with a false prospectus rather than with a knife.
☆ .•:*¨* *¨*:•.☆ A friend is someone who knows the melody of your heart and will sing it to you when you forgot. ☆ .•:*¨* *¨*:•.☆
If I can’t understand something, then it’s probably nonsense.
We don't see things as they are; we see things as we are.
Sometimes people put up walls not to keep others out … but to see who cares enough to tear them down.
Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
I prefer people who act like assholes right from the start to those who turn into assholes later on.
It is my experience that people who cannot make the distinction between using abstractions and actually thinking in abstractions are the ones who generalise more.
Experience is a good school. But the fees are high.
By gaining the good and rejecting what is wrong, it is our desire that we’ll compare favourably with other lands abroad.
Wissen se wat, junger Mann – jewählt is jewählt.
There are two things children should get from their parents: roots and wings.
A child with loving parents and a house full of books can never be poor.
Love is the only thing that grows when shared.
And everybody should be ashamed who uses the wonders of science and engineering without thinking and having mentally realized not more of it than a cow realizes of the botany of the plants which it eats with pleasure.
Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with assholes.
Und unsere heutige Sensibilität […] ist durch eine humanistische Geisteshaltung geboten, die Moral nicht auf Macht, Tradition, oder religiöse Praxis gründet, sondern auf das Leiden und Wohlergehen empfindungsfähiger Individuen.
The shabbiness of people’s thought, and their simple inability to follow a train of thought further than their next feeling of self-satisfaction, is a bit trying at times.
To demarcate [words in way that changes the meaning] is simply to speak a different language than everyone else. And I do not accept semantic games like that. […] We need to use words as they are actually used and understood. We can correct errors and inconsistencies and make distinctions. But we can’t try to foist an alien language on people.
Saying someone shouldn’t be gay because it’s against your religion makes as much sense as saying someone shouldn’t eat a donut because you’re on a diet.
The institution of royalty in any form is an insult to the human race.
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
In an efficient free market each supplied packet soup is demanded and each demanded packet soup is supplied.
First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
I dislike conflict, and even more than that I dislike one-dimensional caricatures and inaccurate stereotypes. I hate knowing what they think of me, hate feeling judged and looked down on. I’m sick of the boxes, I just want to live. But apparently that’s too much to ask.
Life is too short not to declare eclecticism, to freedom of selecting and discarding.
Reliability is the precondition for trust.
Before you assume, learn the facts.
Meaning of life and how to live it
I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
Wer hindert uns eigentlich daran das zu tun, was wir von anderen erwarten?
Every person has the opportunity to improve at least one part of the world, namely themself.
If you want to improve the country,
What we do every day is significant; we must make use of every opportunity we have to extend love, sympathy, and support to others, and we should never fail to live up to our highest ethical ideals.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours. It's simple.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
My advice to you in SL and RL is relax, enjoy and smile.
Lack of confidence is a turnoff. Insecurity is a bitch and jealousy will kill you.
Hütet euch jene schwächliche Resignation, von welcher der nächste Schritt zur Gleichgültigkeit führt, zu befördern oder sie gar hervorzurufen wollen.
Frei durchgehen! Ist das nicht das Größte, was in diesem in Stricken und Banden liegenden Menschenleben gesagt werden kann?
The worst of all errors is systematic neutrality. It is not possible to keep the same distance from good and evil, because this same distance is already a form of evil.
Do not make a joke that costs you a friend. Unless the joke is better than the friend.
It’s not enough to be a good person. You also have to show it.
It is better to be approximately right than precisely wrong.
Be thankful for the smallest blessing, and you will be worthy to receive greater.
The biggest mistake you can make in your life is to be always afraid of making a mistake.
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.
Manners [are] the aesthetic expression of morale.
One must have a tough mind, and a soft heart.
Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.
Nicht ärgern, nur wundern.
Stop feeling sorry for yourself, and you will be happy.
If you want respect from others, you need to show respect.
There’s no need to waste our lives away worried about the way others will judge us. Somebody else’s opinions, thoughts, and feelings always say more about them than they do about us. And there’s no reason for us to waste away our live judging other people because all we're really doing is hurting ourselves […].
“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
Knowing: truth, facts, convictions and opinions;
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.
Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them.
One’s convictions should be proportional to one’s evidence. Pretending to be certain when one isn’t – indeed, pretending to be certain about propositions for which no evidence is even conceivable – is both an intellectual and a moral failing.
If you don't question yourself, and your own assumptions about everything, then you effectively haven't earned the right to question anyone else who disagrees with you.
What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.
The more vehemently an opinion is expressed, the more fragile is usually the foundation of facts on which it rests.
In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth, only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.
Believing entails not knowing.
Ideas do not deserve dignity; people deserve dignity.
It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
There's nothing wrong with taking a leap of faith, provided you acknowledge that's what you're doing.
Remember kids, in order to maintain an untenable position, you have to be actively ignorant.
It is only when someone cannot defend his opinion, and is not interested in believing the truth, that he will attempt to stifle discussion with good manners. Those who take religion, politics and sex seriously do not adhere to the general prohibition on discussing these topics. And they do not take offence when they are shown to be wrong.
If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.
A scientific approach means knowing what one knows and what one doesn’t. Absolute or complete knowledge is unscientific.
The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.
Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone.
Contrary to current belief, transsexuals are not tormented by their condition: it is their condition, which prompts society to torment them.
Transsexualism is an identity disorder that happens to involve gender concomitantly. It has nothing whatever to do with sexual preference or life-style as with homosexuality.
Maybe that's our trouble, Ed. We never want to hurt anyone. We never just take what we want. There's a part of me that's beginning to think that … this is how it is when you get to the end of your life … and that you don't have anything to show for it.
Do you have a judgement about that you’d like to express?
Anyone who sees the realism in Lynch truly understand poetry!
Moments of wonder
In 1637, French philosopher René Descartes became famous for saying “I think, therefore I am”. What he was trying to say was: If everything is in our brains, how do we know we exist? And the answer of course, is footprints.