The following are brief quotes loosely organized into the categories: Education, Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Science and Spiritual.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
[Government] education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly like one another.
John Stuart Mill
To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society!
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
The market can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.
Freedom’s only true defense is sound money…
No one ever lost money by taking a profit.
The purpose of business is not to make money but to serve its customers so well that it is profitable.
The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.
The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.
In a free market without government privilege, people seeking profit are led as if by an invisible hand to create general benefits that may be unintended.
It is [an] underlying confusion between wealth and debt which has made such a tragedy of the [current] era.
If printing money made you rich, Zimbabwe would be the richest county on the planet.
…economists are most economical about ideas. They make the ones they learned in graduate school last a lifetime.
Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it is just the opposite.
Words are like bullets in truth’s bandoleer, and poets are truth’s snipers.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
The supreme sloth consists in failing to long madly for immortality.
Optimism is a duty!
What do you care what other people think?
The attempt to make heaven on earth invariably produces hell.
Evil is the complete absence of empathy.
The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true.
Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.
I’ve seen a heap of trouble in my life, and most of it never came to pass.
History doesn’t repeat — but sometimes it rhymes.
Intolerance is the natural concomitant of strong faith.
Preparation is temporary, regret is forever.
We are blindest to precisely whatever might be most illuminating
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony
Those who fear Hell follow a religious path, those who have already been there follow a spiritual path.
I feel much better now that I’ve given up hope.
Your point of power is always in the present.
As long as you believe in some Truth, you do not believe in yourself.
We are not physical beings who have temporary spiritual experiences but rather spiritual beings who have temporary physical experiences.
Trying to be compassionate is like trying to be spontaneous.
Worrying is praying for something that you don’t want.
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true, the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.
Skeptic: Someone who doubts everything including his own skepticism.
Pseudo-Skeptic: Someone who exercises a set of prejudgments against anything that varies from the conventionally accepted, especially in the face of data to the contrary.
Dialogue: A free flow of meaning between people in communication.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is to be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all.
Being free is being able to accept people for what they are.
Courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver.
When we use dehumanizing language, it says much more about us than the people that we’re railing against and it chips away at our soul.
Legislation… is the chief instrument of oppression.
No government can in any way expand its powers over people but to limit freedom…
If government cannot be limited, freedom is lost…
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force…It is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
The tragic flaw in political parties is that they attract politicians.
Political correctness is to religious orthodoxy as insensitivity is to heresy.
Bureaucrats are individuals adept at aggregating small solvable problems into large unsolvable problems.
A constitution is to…government, what law is to individuals.
Democrats tax and spend, Republicans borrow and spend, libertarians are frugal.
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal.
There is nothing so bad that government can’t make it worse.
Opinion polls are a symptom of mobocracy.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
Freedom is the length of the chain between your imagination and reality.
The Christian religion is not an implicit part of the American government.
A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
Politics is the business of getting power and privilege without possessing merit,
Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
Those who control history have leverage on the future.
You can never be certain that something will happen until the government denies it.
The top 5% pay 59% of income taxes and the bottom 50% pay 2.7% of income taxes.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens who, reading newspapers, live and die in belief that they have known something of what has been passing in their times.
The United States of America have only one permanent criminal class, members of the U.S. Congress.
Never assumes the rules are what you think they are just because they are written down, if someone else can change them.
Ideology is the science of idiots.
Watching Republicans and the Democrats bickering over the U.S. debt is like watching two drunks argue over a bar tab on the Titanic.
I speak the truth not so much as I would, but as much as I dare and I dare a little more as I grow older.
American politics has clearly demonstrated that you can indeed fool most of the people most of the time.
Bipartisanship is alive and well as evidenced by the cooperative effort to bankrupt the country.
Politics is not the art of the possible. It is choosing between the unpalatable and the disastrous.
An election is the advance auction of stolen goods.
Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian.
Libertarianism: A conspiracy to take over the government and leave you alone.
Mandatory health insurance is older people mandating that younger people pay for their health care.
Changing the politician occupying an office is analogous to changing the font on a menu.
Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.
America is slowly discovering that the land of the free and home of the brave has become a corporate, fascist nightmare.
There’s no question that this is a time when corporations have taken over the basic process of governing.
Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt.
When masses are raised above the individual,individuals suffer en masse.
Freedom consists of the distribution of power and despotism consists in its concentration.
Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic (WEIRD) cultures.
The political establishment — proven wrong time and time again — thinks it know what its doing.
I think that the federal government — just as an entertainment medium — is pretty good.
It is not so much what a man is that counts as it is what he ventures to make of himself.
Behavior can be understood only by identifying the goals to which it is addressed.
There is no reason to expect anyone to think better of you than you think of yourself.
Intelligence: The extent to which one can learn from experience.
Maturity: The extent to which one can learn from other people’s experience.
The true test of character is power.
Life is a task. You either cope with it or it gets you.
True personal power is not the ability to cause change but the ability to inspire
Nature loves variety. Unfortunately, society hates it.
When we have knowledge, space grants us unbounded opportunity, and time presents us with infinite possibilities for change.
[People] try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds.
People only accept change when they are faced with necessity, and only recognize necessity when a crisis is upon them.
Only insight can change the workings of a disordered mind.
You create your own illusion and become entangled in it.
Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
Our judgments of any person [including self], event, thing, or set of circumstances are cloaked self-judgments.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
We can well believe that we will first understand how simple the universe is when we recognize how strange it is.
Specialization is for insects.
Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one.
Our sole responsibility is to produce something smarter than we are; any problems beyond that are not ours to solve.
The most important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
Involuntary death is a cornerstone of biological evolution, but that fact does not make it a good thing.
Technology is a way of organizing the universe so that people don’t have to experience it.
What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.
If it s obvious, it s obviously wrong.
Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.
Mainstream medicine isn’t about healing but about enabling patients to continue dysfunctional life styles.
The universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine.
Sir James Jeans
Extraordinary breakthroughs in science always involve giving up a significant prejudice.
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
At it’s best, it [science] is completely open and excludes nothing. It has no entrance requirements.
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
You can recognize a pioneer by the arrows in his back.
There is no place in this new kind of physics both for the field and matter, for the field is the only reality.
Through modern physics materialism has transcended itself.
Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted.
I refuse to commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.
All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force…we must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.
Fear is a mirror reminding you of where ego is still present.
Words are unnecessary stains on silence and emptiness.
Your purpose is to be Present with as much compassion, wisdom and skillfulness as is possible.
…the intellect (consciousness) and matter are correlatives…they are in fact really one and the same thing, considered from two opposite points of view.
Enlightenment is an awareness, through direct experience, of one’s unity with All That Is.
Enlightenment is a direct experience of the superposition of all dualistic systems thereby revealing their undifferentiated origin.
God will not drive flies away from a tailless cow.
Fulani tribe saying
Your way of being in the world determines the reality you experience.
If you don’t create your own reality someone else will
I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness.
You can’t start the next chapter of your life, if you keep re-reading the last one.
So long as it “feels” like there are choices, its important for us to make skillful ones.
Mind cannot bring you to the direct knowledge of Self.
Ultimately, your greatest teacher is to live with an open heart.
Thought is a tool to take you to the gate. Then you must leave your tools behind.
Trust that nothing good that you offer into the universe is ever wasted.
Prayer is extroverted and seeks to humble the ego,
Meditation is introverted and seeks to transcend the ego.
Language conceals the Self.
Read a little, meditate more and think of God all the time.
The ego is like a black bug on a black rock on a moonless night.
The way we live ordinary life is [our] spiritual practice.
[Once] you experience something, you do not have to believe in it any longer. It is not a matter of belief but a matter of experience.
The trap is to believe enlightenment is an experience.
For the religious person God excites the mind; for the mystic God stops it.
Don’t believe everything you think.
Forgiveness means forgiveness of one’s self for insisting on replacing Reality with your version of it.
You must allow the world to be as the world is.
Experience is fundamentally an emotional attachment to physicality that exists to be transcended.
Ego’s resistance to Being blocks Self-realization.
Unconditional Love dissolves the attachment of ego to judgment.
Therapy attempts to modify the ego, the natural mind transcends the ego.
Presence and kindness are the tools with which we find freedom.
Awareness precedes memory, memory precedes thought, thought precedes language and language precedes narration — peel the onion.
Belief in God is the greatest obstacle to knowing God.
Religions must fail simply because mind cannot practice the truth of Being.
Don’t mistake knowledge for knowing.
If you believe in an entity that you call God, chances are God is just a character in the script you “wrote” to articulate your life.
Abide in Presence.
A change in meaning is a change in being.
Beliefs, opinions and judgments are three of the many flavors of mental chewing gum — kick the habit.
No path can take you to your true Self because you already are your true Self.
Ignorance is grounded in beliefs.
Meditation — Presence on training wheels.
Not mindfulness but mindlessness.
Compulsive thinking is cognitive avoidance of being Present.
Ego is the mask God wears while pretending to be you.
Awakening is the realization that one is merely a character in a cosmic soap opera.
Idle thoughts arising in awareness have the same status as tactile sensations, sounds, smells or images arising in awareness — endless flux.
To be Present focus attention on awareness.
You are Love’s body.
Pursuit of experience is avoidance of Presence.
Seeking enlightenment is a spiritual snipe hunt.
Cosmic Love is absolutely Ruthless and Highly Indifferent: it teaches its lessons whether you like/dislike them or not.
ALL That Is emanates from Divine Love, Surrender to love and be one with ALL That Is.
Is this enlightenment we are promising you? As long as you are seeking it, no. When you are being it, it is done.
You cannot be the light and hold another in darkness.
Being trumps doing.
In the long run it is far more dangerous to adhere to illusion than to face what the actual fact is.