Wealth and poverty: the one is the parent of luxury and indolence, and the other of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent
At the time and in the country in which the present study was written, it was granted by everyone except backward people that the Jewish faith had not been refuted by science or by history.... [O]ne could grant to science and history everything they seem to teach regarding the age of the world, the origin of man, the impossibility of miracles, the impossibility of the immortality of the soul, and of the resurrection of the body, the Jahvist, the Elohist, the third Isaah, and so on, without abandoning one iota of the substance of the Jewish faith.
To believe is to know you believe, and to know you believe is not to believe.
Thinking beings have an urge to speak, speaking beings have an urge to--think.
It is the mission of the twentieth century to elucidate the irrational.
In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating.
The world does not speak. Only we do. The world can, once we have programmed ourselves with a language, cause us to hold beliefs. But it cannot propose a language for us to speak. Only other human beings can do that.
At the end of Being and Nothingness...[,] Being in-itself and Being for-itself were of Being; and this totality of beings, in which they were effected, itself was linked up to itself, relating and appearing to itself, by means of the essential project of human-reality. What was named in this way, in an allegedly neutral and undetermined way, was nothing other than the metaphysical unity of man and God, the relation of man to God, the project of becoming God as the project constituting human-reality. Atheism changes nothing in this fundamental structure.
Experience by itself is not science.
There is something precious in our being mysteries to ourselves, in our being unable ever to see through even the person who is closest to our heart and to reckon with him as though he were a logical proposition or a problem in accounting.
The people recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment.
Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.
What is the use of running when we are on the wrong.
The road up and the road down is one and the same.
With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.
The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
Kindness gives birth to kindness.
To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.
What is all that men have done and thought over thousands of years, compared with one moment of love.
Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.
Using a point to show that a point is not a point is not as good as using a nonpoint to show that a point is not a point.
Chuang Chou (Chuang Tzu; Chuang Tse; Zhuang Zi)
There shall be no compulsion in religion.
Quran 2:263 Quran 2:263
The history of science, like the history of all human ideas, is a history of irresponsible dreams, of obstinacy, and of error. But science is one of the very few human activities - perhaps the only one - in which errors are systematically criticized and fairly often, in time, corrected. This is why we can say that, in science, we often learn from our mistakes, and why we can speak clearly and sensibly about making progress there.
It is always the case that when the Christian looks back, he is looking at the forgiveness of sins.