Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.
The god whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively, a God who does a wholesale, not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals.
From a pragmatic point of view, the difference between living against a background of foreignness (an indifferent Universe) and one of intimacy (a benevolent Universe) means the difference between a general habit of wariness and one of trust.
Topics: The Universe
Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “This is the real me,” and when you have found that attitude, follow it.
Topics: Attitude, Live, Follow, Being Ourselves
Everyone knows on any given day that there are energies slumbering in him which the incitements of that day do not call fourth. … Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. Our fires are damped, our drafts are checked. We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources. … Stating the thing broadly, the human individual thus lives fare within his limits he possesses powers of various sorts he habitually fails to use.
Topics: Doing Your Best, Potential, Possibilities
As there is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it, so reasonable arguments, challenges to magnanimity, and appeals to sympathy or justice, are folly when we are dealing with human crocodiles and boa-constrictors.
Topics: Persuasion, Truth
There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volitional deliberation.
Topics: Decisions, Decision, Indecision, Habit
Belief creates the actual fact.
We are not only gregarious animals, liking to be in sight of our fellows, but we have an innate propensity to get ourselves noticed, and noticed favorably, by our kind.
The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That – with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word ‘success’ – is our national disease.
Topics: Success, Success & Failure
The ultimate test of what a truth means is the conduct it dictates or inspires.
Give up the feeling of responsibility, let go your hold, resign the care of your destiny to higher powers, be genuinely indifferent as to what becomes of it all and you will find not only that you gain a perfect inward relief, but often also, in addition, the particular goods you sincerely thought you were renouncing.
It is wrong always, everywhere, and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.
Experience has ways of boiling over, and making us correct our present formulas
These then are my last words to you. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
Topics: Anxiety, Optimism, Belief, Create, Living, Fear, Positive Attitudes, Life, Life and Living, Believe, Attitude, Intelligence, Beliefs, Act
Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making, and directly perceive how events happen, and how work is actually done.
Topics: Individuality, Feelings
Habit is thus the enormous flywheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor.
If a man’s good for nothing else, he can at least teach philosophy.
The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioning our characters in the wrong way.
Topics: Hell, Character
All natural goods perish. Riches take wings; fame is a breath; love is a cheat; youth and health and pleasure vanish.
Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.
Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it.
The attitude of unhappiness is not only painful, it is mean and ugly. What can be more base and unworthy than the pining, puling, mumping mood, no matter by what outward ills it may have been engendered? What is more injurious to others? What less helpful as a way out of the difficulty? It but fastens and perpetuates the trouble which occasioned it, and increases the total evil of the situation. At all costs, then, we ought to reduce the sway of that mood; we ought to scout it in ourselves and others, and never show it tolerance.
Topics: Unhappiness, Sadness
The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.
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- Eric Hoffer American Philosopher
- Robert Anton Wilson American Polymath
- Timothy Leary American Psychologist
- Mortimer J. Adler American Philosopher, Educator
- Michel Foucault French Philosopher
- Georges Bataille French Essayist, Intellectual
- Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-born British Philosopher