Belief is the death of intelligence.
The Bible tells us to be like God, and then on page after page it describes God as a mass murderer. This may be the single most important key to the political behavior of Western Civilization.
…an optimistic mind-set finds dozens of possible solutions for every problem that the pessimist regards as incurable.
…when dogma enters the brain, all intellectual activity ceases.
I don’t believe anything, but I have many suspicions.
…reality is always plural and mutable.
We all see only that which we are trained to see.
We look for the Secret – the Philosopher’s Stone, the Elixir of the Wise, Supreme Enlightenment, ‘God’ or whatever…and all the time it is carrying us about…It is the human nervous system itself.
In conlusion, there is no conclusion. Things will go on as they always have, getting weirder all the time.
Human beings live in their myths. They only endure their realities.
Horror is the natural reaction to the last 5,000 years of history.
It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.
Anyone in the United States today who isn’t paranoid must be crazy.
On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.
The future is up for grabs. It belongs to any and all who will take the risk and accept the responsibility of consciously creating the future they want.
Human society as a whole is a vast brainwashing machine whose semantic rules and sex roles create a social robot.
The normal is that which nobody quite is. If you listen to seemingly dull people very closely, you’ll see that they’re all mad in different and interesting ways, and are merely struggling to hide it.
Reality is what you can get away with.
Only the madman is absolutely sure.
We’re trapped in linguistic constructs… all that is is metaphor.
The fear of death is the beginning of slavery.
Taxation is robbery based on monopoly of weapons
You are precisely as big as what you love and precisely as small as what you allow to annoy you.
Help conquer the IQ shortage worry less and think more
Having a spine is overrated. If everybody squealed and ran away, there’d be no more wars.
The easiest way to get brainwashed is to be born. All of the above principles then immediately go into action, a process which social psychologists euphemistically call socialization.
Nothing of any importance can be taught. It can only be learned, and with blood and sweat.
Belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence.
Of course there are robots among us. There are also Magicians among us. I think we take turns playing each role, as a matter of fact. The Magician defines a reality-mesh and the robot lives in it. Grok?
Encounters with death and danger are only adventures to the survivors.
Existence is larger than any model that is not itself the exact size of existence….
The longer one is alone, the easier to hear the song of the earth.
Mystics are all a bit funny in the head anyway,” the priest added cynically, “which is why the church locks them all up in mental hospitals and euphemistically calls these institutions monasteries.
I think I got off on the wrong planet. Beam me up Scotty, there’s no rational life here.
No wife, no horse, no mustache
If it were Hegel, I might suspect it means nothing. But Goethe means something, always.
Groups are grammatical fictions; only individuals exist, and each individual is different.
What the world calls sanity has led us to the present planetary crisis…and insanity is the only viable alternative.
The individual act of obedience is the cornerstone not only of the strength of authoritarian society but also of its weakness.
Part of the humor of living on this backward planet is listening to the hominids rationalize their predations.
A disciple is an asshole looking for a human being to attach itself to.
Certitude belongs exclusively to those who only own one encyclopedia.
Humans live through their myths and only endure their realities.
Nothing in this book is an attempt to prevent the really resolute misery addicts from continuing their pursuit of frustration and failure.
Wishing to prove oneself right is the usual motive for scholarship.
See you when tea is hot.
A chicken is the egg’s way of making more eggs.
Ipsum Nomen Res Ipsa: The Name Itself is the Thing Itself. I.N.R.I.: Isis, Apophis, Osiris: IAO.
G.W.F. Hegel. “He’s perfect,” Weishaupt wrote…. “Unlike Kant, who makes sense only in German, this man doesn’t make sense in any language.
This special green is the result of high copper concentration in the soil.
I can summarize my thoughts now by simply saying each must find his or her own Way because “the way” does not exist.
There are gods, but there is no God; and all gods become devils eventually.
The Greatest thing about masturbation is that it is always available. I wager that many a condemn man has consoled himself this way during the night before his execution.
If one can only see things according to one’s own belief system, one is destined to become virtually deaf, dumb, and blind.
Here’s what it is, here’s what it isn’t, now here’s why you need to go tell everyone how smart I am.
There is no complete theory of anything.
He had decided that what was going on was that everybody was very carefully avoiding paying attention to what was going on.
Here’s to the good nuns for telling me what books NOT to read!
I would hate to be taken seriously. Serious people are always so grim and uptight that they make me want to dance naked on the lawn playing a flute.
What a fantastic piece of hot lustful woman she was, Roger thought irrelevantly.
He had an ego so large that only by contemplating the mathematical definition of infinity could anything so limitless be imagined.