This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.
Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home…it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.
~Bill Nye (the science guy)
Here’s to the crazy ones – the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently – they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.
~A Native American Proverb
In the US, there is basically one party – the business party. It has two factions, called democrats and republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies. By and large, I am opposed to those policies. As is most of the population.
There are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
That’s the best revenge of all: happiness. Nothing drives people crazier than seeing someone have a good fucking life.
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said “faster horses”.
I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a ‘one size fits all’ standard for happiness.
There’s nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place.
Education is the most powerful weapon in which you can use to change the world.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
He who conquers others is strong, he who conquers himself is mighty.
I think most kids have a sense that it’s not supposed to be this way. You’re not supposed to hate Monday, or be happy when you don’t have to go to school. School should be something that you love. Life should be something that you love.
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.
~Neil DeGrasse Tyson
What you do today is important, because you are sacrificing a day of your life for it.
He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool forever.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
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 have 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.
Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.