The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn't have the time to sit around and talk about you. What's important to me is not others' opinions of me, but what's important to me is my opinion of myself.
The unhappiest people in this world, are those who care the most about what other people think.
If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.
The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
The soul is healed by being with children.
Friends are the family you choose (~ Nin/Ithilnin, Elven rogue).
Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.
I suppose it’s not a social norm, and not a manly thing to do — to feel, discuss feelings. So that’s what I’m giving the finger to. Social norms and stuff…what good are social norms, really? I think all they do is project a limited and harmful image of people. It thus impedes a broader social acceptance of what someone, or a group of people, might actually be like.
Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments, a future - and also because we live as if our only task was precisely to have relationships with other people.
The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr.
There are people who are generic. They make generic responses and they expect generic answers. They live inside a box and they think people who don't fit into their box are weird. But I'll tell you what, generic people are the weird people. They are like genetically-manipulated plants growing inside a laboratory, like indistinguishable faces, like droids. Like ignorance.
We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colours and all cultures are distinct & individual. We are harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. We don't share blood, but we share the air that keeps us alive. I will not blind myself and say that my black brother is not different from me. I will not blind myself and say that my brown sister is not different from me. But my black brother is he as much as I am me. But my brown sister is she as much as I am me.
Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.
The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.
Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for—in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.