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Quotes

"Define reality for yourself before someone does it for you."

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein

"What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about your senses, what you feel, taste, smell, or see, then all you're talking about are electrical signals interpreted by your brain." - Morpheus

"Remember also that if physical reality is an illusion, it is an illusion caused by an even greater reality.
The illusion itself has a purpose and a meaning." - Seth

"You are like children with a game, and you think that the game is played by everyone. Physical life is not the rule. Identity and consciousness existed long before your earth was formed. You suppose that any personality must appear in physical terms. Consciousness is the force behind matter, and it forms many other realities besides the physical one. It is, again, your own viewpoint that is presently so limited that it seems to you that physical reality is the rule and mode of existence." - Seth

"To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men - that is genius." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts." - Albert Einstein

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." - Albert Einstein

"IN THE SECRET OF MY KNOWLEDGE THERE IS NO GOD BUT ME." - The Black Book of Satan

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." - Albert Einstein

"The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us, even in this very room. You can see it when you look out the window or when you turn on your television. You feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth." - Morpheus

"The truth of a theory is in your mind, not in your eyes." - Albert Einstein

"I want to know god's thoughts... The rest are details." - Albert Einstein

"Great souls are they who see that spiritual is stronger than material force, that thoughts rule the world." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." - Albert Einstein

"While relativity has a reputation for being difficult much of it can be understood by anyone (and all of it by no one!)."

"Relativity teaches us the connection between the different descriptions of one and the same reality." - Albert Einstein

"Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone." - Albert Einstein

"One word of the truly inspired answers a hundred questions and avoids a thousand unnecessary words of explanation."

"It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing - a somewhat unfamiliar conception for the average mind." - Albert Einstein

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour.
Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.
THAT'S relativity." - Albert Einstein

"Partial, incomplete, and evolving intellects would be helpless in the master universe, would be unable to form the first rational thought pattern, were it not for the innate ability of all mind, high or low, to form a universe frame in which to think. If mind cannot fathom conclusions, if it cannot penetrate to true origins, then will such mind unfailingly postulate conclusions and invent origins that it may have a means of logical thought within the frame of these mind-created postulates. And while such universe frames for creature thought are indispensable to rational intellectual operations, they are, without exception, erroneous to a greater or lesser degree."
- Urantia Book - Paper 115, Section 1: Relativity of concept frames

"Science is the century-old endeavour to bring together by means of systematic thought the perceptible phenomena of this world into as thorough-going an association as possible. To put it boldly, it is the attempt at a posterior reconstruction of existence by the process of conceptualisation. Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgements of all kinds remain necessary." - Albert Einstein

"It is a mistake to believe that a science consists in nothing but conclusively proved propositions, and it is unjust to demand that it should. It is a demand only made by those who feel a craving for authority in some form and a need to replace the religious catechism by something else, even if it be a scientific one. Science in its catechism has but few apodictic precepts; it consists mainly of statements which it has developed to varying degrees of probability. The capacity to be content with these approximations to certainty and the ability to carry on constructive work despite the lack of final confirmation are actually a mark of the scientific habit of mind." - Sigmund Freud

"When the number of factors coming into play in a phenomenological complex is too large the scientific method in most cases fails. One need only think of the weather, in which case the prediction even for a few days ahead is impossible. Nevertheless, noone doubts that we are confronted with a causal connection whose causal components are in the main known to us. Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature." - Albert Einstein

"Chess, which exists predominantly in two dimensions, is one of the world's most difficult games. Three-dimensional chess is an invitation to insanity. But human relationships, even of the simplest order, are like a kind of four-dimensional chess, a game whose pieces and positions change subtly and inexorably between moves, whose players stare dumbly while their powerful positions deteriorate into hopeless predicaments and while improbable combinations suddenly become inevitable. To make matters worse, some games are open to any number of players, and all sides are expected to win..." - Robert Grudin, "Time and the Art of Living"

"Science is but an image of the truth." - Francis Bacon

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." (Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton)

"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." - Albert Einstein

"Either mathematics is too big for the human mind or the human mind is more than a machine." - Kurt Gödel

"I don't believe in mathematics." - Albert Einstein

"Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics, I assure you that mine are greater." - Albert Einstein

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein

"One sentence of the Doctrine, which brings happiness to a person who understands,
is better than one hundred stanzas consisting of meaningless words." - The Dhammapada

"If a man should conquer in battle a thousand and a thousand more, and another man should conquer himself,
this would be the greater victory, because the greatest victory is over oneself..." - The Dhammapada

"Modern man is battered by the fundamental forces of his own psyche." - Carl Gustav Jung

"How lucky for those in power that people don't think." - Adolf Hitler

"The primary cause of disorder in ourselves is the seeking of reality promised by another... It is a most extraordinary thing that although most of us are opposed to political tyranny and dictatorship, we inwardly accept the authority, the tyranny, of another to twist our minds and our way of life." - J. Krishnamurti, Freedom from the Known

"The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority." - Stanley Milgram

"To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself." - Albert Einstein

"If the possibility of the spiritual development of all individuals is to be secured, a second kind of outward freedom is necessary. The development of science and of the creative activities of the spirit in general requires still another kind of freedom, which may be characterised as inward freedom. It is this freedom of the spirit which consists in the interdependence of thought from the restrictions of authoritarian and social prejudices as well as from unphilosophical routinizing and habit in general. This inward freedom is an infrequent gift of nature and a worthy object for the individual." - Albert Einstein

"One of the definitions of insanity is to do the same things over and over again and expect a different result." - Albert Einstein

"He who wishes his own happiness by causing pain to others is not released from hatred,
being himself entangled in the tangles of hatred." - The Dhammapada

"Logic brings you from A to B, imagination brings you everywhere." - Albert Einstein

"To be or not to be is true" - George Boole

"To be and not to be arise mutually." - Lao, Tao Te Ching

"Then shall two be in the field, the one shall be taken, and the other left..." - Matt24:40

"Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two."

"We define that there are two, the Father and the Son, and three with the Holy Spirit, and this number is made by the pattern of salvation...[which] brings about unity in trinity, interrelating the three, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are three, not in dignity, but in degree, not in substance but in form, not in power but in kind. They are of one substance and power, because there is one God from whom these degrees, forms and kinds devolve in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit." - Tertullian

"Us physicists believe the separation between past, present and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one." - Albert Einstein

"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." - Albert Einstein

"One instant is eternity;
eternity is in the now.
When you see through this one instant,
you see through the one who sees."
- Zen Master Wumen

"Knowledge is power." - Francis Bacon

"γνώθι σ'εαυτόν" - "Know thyself"

"The self has no boundaries except those it accepts out of ignorance." - Seth

"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." - Confucius

"I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance." - Socrates

"Ignorance speaks as if it knows."

"Speech is the sign of living, but silence is life itself." - Hazrat Inayat Khan

"The more precisely the position is determined,
the less precisely the momentum is known in this instant, and vice versa."
- Heisenberg, the uncertainty principle (quantum mechanics)

"We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality." - Albert Einstein

"There is a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path."

"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world." - Albert Einstein

"What is now proved was once only imagined." - William Blake

"Physical reality springs from the imagination, which follows the path of your beliefs." - Seth

"The mere formulation of a problem is far more often essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science." - Robert Olson

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." - Herman Melville

"You have a place to live in this world which no other man can occupy; hence no competitors." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A man will make many mistakes, but he is not considered a failure until he begins to blame someone else." - John Wooden

"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead." - Albert Einstein

"Everyone dies, but no one is dead." - Tibetan saying

"Every man dies. Not every man lives." - Tim Robbins

"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed." - Albert Einstein

"Have you ever stood and stared at it? Marveled at its.... beauty, its genius? Billions of people just living out their lives, oblivious." - Agent Smith

"Religion, politics, society are exploiting you, and you are being conditioned by them; you are being forced in a particular direction. You are not human beings; you are mere cogs in a machine. You suffer patiently, submitting to the cruelties of environment, when you, individually, have the possibilities of changing them." - J. Krishnamurti

"The Matrix is a system Neo, and that system is our enemy. When you are inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters, the very minds we are trying to save. Until we do, these people are part of that system and that makes them our enemies. You have to understand that most of these people are not ready to be unplugged and many are so hopelessly dependent on the system, they'll fight to protect it." - Morpheus

"You will not understand your part within the framework of nature until you actually see yourselves in danger of tearing it apart." - Seth

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - B. Fuller

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has..." - Margaret Mead

"It is only to the individual that a soul is given. And the high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule, or to impose himself in any other way." - Albert Einstein

"Solitude is sometimes the best society." - John Milton

"The life of the individual has meaning only insofar as it aids in making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful. Life is sacred, that is to say, it is the supreme value, to which all other values are subordinate." - Albert Einstein

"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T. S. Eliot

"Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person." - Albert Einstein

"The higher you want to go, the deeper your roots have to be."

"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward enobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom." - Albert Einstein

"All religions are true. God can be reached by different religions. Many rivers flow by many ways but they fall into the sea. They all are one." - Ramakrishna

"The great path has no gates,
Thousands of roads enter it.
When one passes through this gateless gate
He walks freely between heaven and earth."
- Zen koan

"We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere." - Tim McGraw

"The holy man is beyond time, he does not depend on any view nor subscribe to any sect; all current theories he understands, but he remains unattached to any of them." - Buddha

"Any system of ideas with an abstraction at its center - an abstraction which assigns you a role or duties - is an ideology. An ideology provides those who accept it with a false consciousness, a necessary component of which is other-directedness. This leads those who accept the ideology to behave as "objects" rather than "subjects," to allow themselves to be used rather than to act to attain their own desires."

Soen-sa said, "Four blind men went to the zoo and visited the elephant. One blind man touched its side and said, 'The elephant is like a wall.' The next blind man touched its trunk and said, 'The elephant is like a snake.' The next blind man touched its leg and said, 'The elephant is like a column.' The last blind man touched its tail and said, 'The elephant is like a broom.' Then the four blind men started to fight, each one believing that his opinion was the right one. Each only understood the part he had touched; none of them understood the whole."
"Substance has no name and no form. Energy, mind, God, and matter are all name and form. Substance is the Absolute. Having name and form is having opposites. So the whole world is like the blind men fighting among themselves. Not understanding yourself is not understanding the truth. That is why there is fighting among ourselves. If all the people in the world understood themselves, they would attain the Absolute. Then the world would be at peace. World peace is Zen."

"Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved through understanding." - Albert Einstein

"Two monks were arguing about the temple flag waving in the wind. One said, "The flag moves." The other said, "The wind moves." They argued back and forth but could not agree. Hui-neng, the sixth Patriarch, said: "Gentlemen! It is not the flag that moves. It is not the wind that moves. It is your mind that moves."

"In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true."

"For I am divided for love's sake, for the chance of union."

"When the solution is simple, God is answering." - Albert Einstein

"We put thirty spokes to make a wheel;
but it is on the hole in the centre that the use of the cart hinges.
We make a vessel from a lump of clay;
but it is the empty space within the vessel that makes it useful.
We make doors and windows for a room;
but it is the empty spaces that make the room livable.
Thus, while existence has advantages, it is the emptiness that makes it useful." - Lao Tzu

"Inside and outside become one, and you are like a dumb person who has had a dream.
You know it for yourself alone..." - Zen Master Wumen

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." - Albert Einstein

"To laugh often and much
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To penetrate into the essence of all being and significance,
and to release the fragrance of that inner attainment for the guidance of others,
by expressing in the world of forms, truth, love, purity and beauty
- this is the sole game which has any intrinsic and absolute worth.
All other happenings, incidents and attainments can,
in themselves, have no lasting importance." - Meher Baba

"The way to transcend karma lies in the proper use of the mind and the will.
The oneness of all life is a truth that can be fully realized only when all false notions of a separate self who's destiny can be considered apart from the whole are forever annihilated.
Voidness is that which stands right in the middle between this and that. The void is all-inclusive, having no opposite - there is nothing which it excludes or opposes. It is living void, because all forms come out of it and whoever realizes the void is filled with life and power and the love of all being." - Bruce Lee

"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive." - Albert Einstein

"Within the voodoo society, there are no accidents. Practitioners believe that nothing and no event has a life of its own. That is why "vous deux", you two, you too. The universe is all one. Each thing affects something else. Scientists know that. Nature knows it. Many spiritualists agree that we are not separate, we all serve as parts of One. So, in essence, what you do unto another, you do unto you, because you ARE the other. Voo doo. View you. We are mirrors of each others souls. God is manifest through the spirits of ancestors who can bring good or harm and must be honored in ceremonies. There is a sacred cycle between the living and the dead. Believers ask for their misery to end. Rituals include prayers, drumming, dancing, singing and animal sacrifice."

"All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else." - Buddha

"Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each 'eye' of the net, and since the net is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the jewels, glittering like stars of the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold.

If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflecting process occurring." - Avatamsaka Sutra translation by Francis Cook

"We still don't know what the fundamental theory behind string theory is, but judging from all of these relationships, it must be a very interesting and rich theory, one where distance scales, coupling strengths and even the number of dimensions in spacetime are not fixed concepts but fluid entities that shift with our point of view." (taken from: superstring theory)

"He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye." - Buddha

"War is unthinkable in a society of autonomous people who have discovered the connectedness of all humanity, who are unafraid of alien ideas and alien cultures, who know that all revolutions begin within and that you cannot impose your brand of enlightenment on anyone else." - Marilyn Ferguson

"Understanding of the self only arises in relationship, in watching yourself in relationship to people, ideas, and things; to trees, the earth, and the world around you and within you. Relationship is the mirror in which the self is revealed. Without self-knowledge there is no basis for right thought and action." - J. Krishnamurti

"The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another." - Thomas Merton

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein

"...the Network, by the intimate connection of its several parts, denotes Unity."

"Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people." - Albert Einstein

"Some of their rules can be bent, others can be broken." - Morpheus

"Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly." - Dalai Lama

"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else." - Albert Einstein

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction." - Albert Einstein

`Cheshire Puss,' she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. `Come, it's pleased so far,' thought Alice, and she went on. `Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?' `That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat. `I don't much care where--' said Alice. `Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat. `--so long as I get SOMEWHERE,' Alice added as an explanation. `Oh, you're sure to do that,' said the Cat, `if you only walk long enough.' - Alice In Wonderland

"I beg you, cease going from lecture to lecture; It's better to seek truth directly. The nature of Diamond Wisdom excludes even a speck of dust. From "Thus we have heard," to "This I believe," All is but an array of unreal names." - Layman P'ang

"You can become involved now in a new exploration, one in which man's civilizations and organizations change their course, reflecting his good intents and his ideals. You can do this by seeing to it that each step you personally take is 'ideally suited' to the ends you hope to achieve. You will see to it that your methods are ideal. If you do this, your life will automatically be provided with excitement, natural zest and creativity, and those characteristics will be reflected outward into the social, political, economic, and scientific worlds. This is a challenge more than worth the effort...I bid each of you success in that endeavor." - Seth

"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it."

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet." - James Oppenheim

"If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?" - Dogen

People I find interesting

Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Albert Einstein, David Bohm, Kurt Gödel, ...

Inspiring movies

A Beautiful Mind
Contact
The Legend Of Bagger Vance
The Matrix
What Dreams May Come

Books I find interesting

D. McNeill and P. Freiberger. Fuzzy Logic. Simon & Schuster, New York, 1993. (ISBN 0671738437)

Douglas R. Hofstadter. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Links

Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem

Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem (2)

Turing's B-type Neural Networks / Connectionism

Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama

Bohm's Gnosis: The Implicate Order

Consciousness, Physics, and the Holographic Paradigm

As Above, So Below

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