Some people wave their dogmatic thinking until their own reason is entangled.
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Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.
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One cause, which is not always observed, of the insufficiency of riches, is that they very seldom make their owner rich.
The compensations of calamity are made apparent to the understanding also, after long intervals of time. A fever, a mutilation, a cruel disappointment, a loss of wealth, a loss of friends, seems at the moment unpaid loss, and unpayable. But the sure years reveal the deep remedial force that underlies all facts.
That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.
I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.
It is easy – terribly easy – to shake a man’s faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man’s spirit is devil’s work.
Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?
It took me twenty years of studied self-restraint, aided by the natural decay of my faculties, to make myself dull enough to be accepted as a serious person by the British public.
Dharma is what the Buddha taught. It is the way of understanding and love-how to understand, how to love, how to make understanding and love into real things.
He that gives good advice builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example builds with both.
To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they know quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?