There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice
— Charles de Montesquieu
Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.
— Haruki Murakami
There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.
— Christopher Morley
Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not ‘you’. The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato. The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.
— Sergio Toporek
I came to realize that we don’t raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women.
— Don McPherson, former NFL quarterback, feminist, educator
Somebody says something to you that is rude or designed to hurt. Instead of going into unconscious reaction and negativity, such as attack, defense, or personal withdrawal, you let it pass right through you. Offer no resistance. It is as if there is nobody there to get hurt anymore. That is forgiveness. In this way, you become invulnerable. You can still tell that person that his or her behavior is unacceptable, if that is what you choose to do. But that person no longer has the power to control your inner state. You are then in your power - not in someone else’s, nor are you run by your mind. Whether it is a car alarm, a rude person, a flood, an earthquake, or the loss of all your possessions, the resistance mechanism is the same.
— Eckhart Tolle, The Power Of Now
There is no separation of science and state. Scientists play the role of an established priesthood.
— Rupert Sheldrake, The Science Delusion
You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.
— Elizabeth Gilbert
The general population doesn’t know what’s happening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know.
— Noam Chomsky
When children attend schools that place a greater value on discipline and security than on knowledge and intellectual development, they are attending prep schools for prison.
— Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete?