QUOTE FROM ALBERT EINSTEIN

 

 

Discover the most famous quotes and proverbs of Albert Einstein, a German-born American physicist.

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THE ONLY ABSOLUTE THING IN A WORLD LIKE OURS IS HUMOUR.

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LIFE IS LIKE A BICYCLE, YOU HAVE TO MOVE FORWARD SO YOU DON'T LOSE YOUR BALANCE.

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PLACE YOUR HAND ON A STOVE FOR A MINUTE AND IT SEEMS TO LAST FOR AN HOUR. SIT WITH A PRETTY GIRL FOR AN HOUR AND IT SEEMS TO LAST A MINUTE. THAT'S RELATIVITY.

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TO INVENT IS TO THINK NEXT DOOR.

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CREATIVITY IS CONTAGIOUS, TRANSMIT IT.

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THERE IS NO FAILURE. THERE'S ONLY ABANDONMENT.

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THE ETERNAL MYSTERY OF THE WORLD IS ITS INTELLIGIBILITY.

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A PROBLEM WITHOUT A SOLUTION IS A PROBLEM THAT IS NOT WELL POSED.

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THOSE WHO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING HAVE A DUTY TO ACT.

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IF THE IDEA IS NOT A PRIORI ABSURD, IT IS HOPELESS.

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IMAGINATION IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF RESEARCH.

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A HOLLOW STOMACH IS NOT A GOOD POLITICAL ADVISOR.

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I NEVER WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE. HE GETS HERE EARLY ENOUGH.

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THE IGNORANT WOULD NOT CHANGE HIS IGNORANCE FOR ANYTHING IN THE WORLD.

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IN THE HEART OF ALL DIFFICULTIES, HIDES AN OPPORTUNITY.

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POLITICS IS EPHEMERAL, BUT AN EQUATION IS ETERNAL.

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A MAN MUST SEEK WHAT EXISTS AND WHAT SHOULD EXIST.

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GRAVITY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE WHO FALL IN LOVE.

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LEARN FROM YESTERDAY, LIVE FOR TODAY AND HOPE FOR TOMORROW.

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TRY AND TEST, THE EXPERIENCE IS ACQUIRED THROUGH TRIAL AND ERROR.

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EVERYONE WANTS IT TO CHANGE, BUT NO ONE WANTS TO CHANGE.

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IT IS HIGH TIME TO REPLACE THE IDEAL OF SUCCESS WITH THAT OF SERVICE.

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ANY PROBLEM HAS A SOLUTION, OR YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

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THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A STUPID QUESTION, JUST A STUPID ANSWER.

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I MUST BE READY TO GIVE UP WHO I AM TO BECOME WHO I WILL BE.

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SCIENCE WITHOUT RELIGION IS LAME, RELIGION WITHOUT SCIENCE IS BLIND.

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I DON'T HAVE ANY PARTICULAR TALENT. I'M JUST PASSIONATELY CURIOUS.

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THE ONLY THING THAT MAKES LIFE WORTH LIVING FOR IS LIVING FOR OTHERS.

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A PERSON WHO HAS NEVER MADE A MISTAKE HAS NEVER TRIED TO INNOVATE.

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A NEW WAY OF THINKING IS NECESSARY IF HUMANITY IS TO SURVIVE.

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A FLAG IS A SYMBOL THAT REMINDS US THAT MAN LIVES IN A HERD.

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POLITICS LASTS FOR A MOMENT FOR A MOMENT. AN EQUATION EXISTS FOR ETERNITY.

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EDUCATION IS WHAT REMAINS AFTER WE FORGET WHAT WE LEARNED IN SCHOOL.

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ALWAYS DO WHAT IS RIGHT, IT WILL SATISFY SOME AND SURPRISE OTHERS.

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FIRST DEFINE WHAT YOU MEAN BY GOD AND I'LL TELL YOU IF I BELIEVE IN IT.

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LIFE IS LIKE A BICYCLE, YOU HAVE TO MOVE FORWARD SO AS NOT TO LOSE YOUR BALANCE.

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A MAN WHO IS NO LONGER ABLE TO BE AMAZED HAS ALMOST CEASED TO LIVE.

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PERFECT MEANS AND CONFUSED GOALS SEEM TO BE OUR BIGGEST PROBLEM.

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THE PROBLEM TODAY IS NOT ATOMIC ENERGY, BUT THE HEART OF MEN.

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MY DISCOVERIES HAVE NEVER RESULTED FROM A RATIONAL REASONING PROCESS.

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THE MOST INCOMPREHENSIBLE THING IN THE UNIVERSE IS THAT IT IS COMPREHENSIBLE.

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INTELLECTUAL GROWTH MUST BEGIN AT BIRTH AND STOP ONLY AT DEATH.

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KNOWLEDGE IS ACQUIRED THROUGH EXPERIENCE, EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST INFORMATION.

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MADNESS IS BEHAVING IN THE SAME WAY AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT.

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NEVER DO ANYTHING AGAINST YOUR CONSCIENCE EVEN IF IT IS THE STATE THAT ORDERS IT.

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IT IS THE DUTY OF EVERY MAN TO GIVE BACK TO THE WORLD AT LEAST AS MUCH AS HE HAS RECEIVED.

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WE MUST WARN MEN THAT THEY ARE IN DANGER OF DEATH, SCIENCE BECOMES CRIMINAL.

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ON THE SURFACE, LIFE HAS NO MEANING, AND YET IT IS IMPOSSIBLE THAT THERE IS NOT ONE.

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THE PERFECTION OF MEANS AND THE CONFUSION OF GOALS SEEM TO CHARACTERIZE OUR TIME.

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SCIENCE IS A POWERFUL TOOL. THE USE WE MAKE OF IT DEPENDS ON THE MAN, NOT THE TOOL.

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IT IS ONLY WHEN MEN LIVE FOR OTHERS THAT THEY BEGIN TO REALLY LIVE.

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LOOK DEEPLY INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND ALL THINGS BETTER.

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ENGINEERING IS ABOUT SEEING WHAT EVERYONE HAS SEEN AND THINKING WHAT NO ONE HAS THOUGHT.

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IT HAS BECOME CLEAR TODAY THAT OUR TECHNOLOGY HAS SURPASSED OUR HUMANITY.

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GREAT MINDS HAVE ALWAYS MET FIERCE OPPOSITION FROM MEDIOCRE MINDS.

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IT IS THE SUPREME ART OF THE TEACHER TO AWAKEN JOY IN KNOWLEDGE AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION.

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A MAN'S VALUE LIES IN HIS ABILITY TO GIVE AND NOT IN HIS ABILITY TO RECEIVE.

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THE PIONEERS OF A WORLD WITHOUT WAR ARE THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO REFUSE MILITARY SERVICE.

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IF WE KNEW WHAT WE WERE DOING, IT WOULDN'T BE CALLED RESEARCH ANYMORE, WOULD IT?

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I'M NOT THAT SMART, BUT I FOCUS ON PROBLEMS LONGER.

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WE MUST DO OUR BEST. IT'S OUR SACRED RESPONSIBILITY AS HUMAN BEINGS.

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I'M GRATEFUL TO EVERYONE WHO SAID NO TO ME. IT'S BECAUSE OF THEM THAT I'M MYSELF.

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THE TECHNICAL PROGRESS IS LIKE AN AXE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN PUT IN THE HANDS OF A PSYCHOPATH.

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THE STUDENT IS NOT A CONTAINER, YOU HAVE TO FILL IT, BUT A TORCH YOU HAVE TO LIGHT.

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EVERY PERSON SHOULD BE RESPECTED AS AN INDIVIDUAL, BUT NO ONE SHOULD BE IDOLIZED.

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EVERYTHING THAT IS TRULY GREAT AND INSPIRING HAS ONLY BEEN ACHIEVED BY INDIVIDUALS WORKING FREELY.

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LOGIC WILL TAKE YOU FROM POINT TO POINT TO POINT B. THE IMAGINATION WILL TAKE YOU ANYWHERE.

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THE WORLD IS MORE THREATENED BY THOSE WHO TOLERATE EVIL THAN BY THOSE WHO WORK TO DO SO.

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DON'T TRY TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL MAN. TRY TO BECOME A MAN OF VALUE.

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IF YOU WANT TO LIVE A HAPPY LIFE, ATTACH IT TO A PURPOSE, NOT TO PEOPLE OR THINGS.

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WITH GLORY, I GET MORE AND MORE STUPID, WHICH, I ADMIT, IS A VERY COMMON PHENOMENON.

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THE POSSESSION OF WONDERFUL MEANS OF PRODUCTION DID NOT BRING FREEDOM, BUT CONCERN AND FAMINE.

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A MAN WHO READS TOO MUCH AND MAKES TOO LITTLE EFFORT WITH HIS BRAIN QUICKLY DEVELOPS HABITS OF LAZINESS OF MIND.

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I KNOW WHY SO MANY PEOPLE LIKE TO CHOP WOOD. IT'S AN ACTIVITY WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE RESULT RIGHT AWAY.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS NOT TO STOP WONDERING. CURIOSITY HAS ITS OWN REASON TO EXIST.

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I LIKE TO THINK THAT THE MOON IS THE SAME IF I DON'T LOOK AT IT. FANTASY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE.

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WHAT IS CALLED COMMON SENSE IS IN FACT THE SET OF PRECONCEIVED IDEAS THAT WE WERE TAUGHT UNTIL THE AGE OF 18.

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I THINK 99 TIMES AND DISCOVER NOTHING. I STOP THINKING, I PLUNGE INTO SILENCE AND THE TRUTH APPEARS TO ME.

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HE WHO CAN NO LONGER EXPERIENCE ANY SURPRISE OR SURPRISE IS ALMOST DEAD; HIS EYES HAVE BEEN EXTINGUISHED.

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING YOU CAN EXPERIENCE IS THE MYSTERY. IT IS THE SOURCE OF TRUE ART AND SCIENCE.

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MAN USUALLY AVOIDS GIVING INTELLIGENCE TO OTHERS, EXCEPT WHEN BY CHANCE HE IS AN ENEMY.

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ANY SMART GUY CAN MAKE THINGS MORE COMPLICATED. BUT YOU NEED ENGINEERING TO MAKE IT EASIER.

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IF YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN A CONCEPT TO A SIX-YEAR-OLD CHILD, IT'S BECAUSE YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND IT WELL YOURSELF.

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MACHINES WILL ONE DAY BE ABLE TO SOLVE ALL PROBLEMS, BUT NONE OF THEM WILL EVER BE ABLE TO SOLVE ONE.

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THERE ARE ONLY TWO INFINITE THINGS, THE UNIVERSE AND HUMAN BEASTNESS. BUT FOR THE UNIVERSE, I DON'T HAVE ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY.

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I FEAR THE DAY WHEN TECHNOLOGY WILL REPLACE HUMAN INTERACTION. THEN WE WILL HAVE CREATED A GENERATION OF IDIOTS.

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THE IMPORTANT PROBLEMS WE EXPERIENCE CANNOT BE SOLVED IN TERMS OF THOUGHT OR WE HAVE CREATED THEM.

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A FASHION DOMINATES EVERY ERA WITHOUT MOST PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO SEE THE TYRANTS WHO IMPOSE THEIR WILL.

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I FEEL THE STRONGEST EMOTION IN THE FACE OF THE MYSTERY OF LIFE. SENTIMENT IS THE FOUNDATION OF BEAUTY AND TRUTH, IT INSPIRES ART AND SCIENCE.

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WHAT WE HAVE CALLED "MATTER" IS ENERGY, WHOSE VIBRATION HAS BEEN GREATLY REDUCED IN ORDER TO BE PERCEPTIBLE BY THE SENSES.

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THE WORLD IS DANGEROUS TO LIVE IN, NOT SO MUCH BECAUSE OF THOSE WHO DO EVIL, BUT BECAUSE OF THOSE WHO WATCH AND LET IT HAPPEN.

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THE SCHOOL SHOULD ALWAYS AIM TO GIVE ITS STUDENTS A HARMONIOUS PERSONALITY, NOT TO TRAIN THEM AS SPECIALISTS.

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IT IS NOT DIFFERENCES OF OPINION THAT GENERATE THE FUNCTIONING OF A GROUP, BUT THE RIGIDITY OF SOME OF ITS MEMBERS.

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IT IS STRANGE THAT SCIENCE, WHICH ONCE SEEMED HARMLESS, HAS TURNED INTO A NIGHTMARE THAT MAKES EVERYONE TREMBLE.

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I MADE A SERIOUS MISTAKE WHEN I SIGNED THE LETTER TO PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT RECOMMENDING THE MANUFACTURE OF ATOMIC BOMBS.

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A SYSTEM OF MORAL VALUES BUILT ON THE BASIS OF THE COMFORT OF INDIVIDUAL HAPPINESS IS JUST ENOUGH FOR A HERD OF CATTLE.

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TEACHING SHOULD BE LIKE THIS: THE ONE WHO RECEIVES IT COLLECTS IT AS AN INESTIMABLE GIFT BUT NEVER AS A PUNISHABLE CONSTRAINT.

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BE CURIOUS: IT IS BY SEEKING TO UNDERSTAND, BY WANTING TO LEARN THAT YOU ARE BECOMING AN EXPERT, THAT YOU FIND NEW SOLUTIONS.

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ANYONE WHO DOES NOT TAKE THE TRUTH SERIOUSLY IN SMALL THINGS, CANNOT BE TRUSTED FOR BIG THINGS.

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THREE IDEALS HAVE ILLUMINATED MY PATH AND HAVE OFTEN GIVEN ME THE COURAGE TO FACE LIFE WITH OPTIMISM: GOODNESS, BEAUTY AND TRUTH.

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THERE ARE ONLY TWO WAYS TO LIVE YOUR LIFE: ONE BY PRETENDING NOTHING IS A MIRACLE, THE OTHER BY PRETENDING EVERYTHING IS A MIRACLE.

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THE CREATIVE PERSONALITY MUST THINK AND JUDGE FOR ITSELF, BECAUSE THE MORAL PROGRESS OF SOCIETY DEPENDS EXCLUSIVELY ON ITS INDEPENDENCE.

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NOTHING CAN BE AS BENEFICIAL TO HUMAN HEALTH AND INCREASE THE CHANCES OF SURVIVAL OF LIFE ON EARTH AS CHOOSING A VEGETARIAN DIET.

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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 FORGETS THE GIFT.

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THE ONE WHO FOLLOWS THE CROWD WILL NEVER GO FURTHER THAN THE CROWD HE FOLLOWS. THE ONE WHO WALKS ALONE CAN SOMETIMES REACH PLACES THAT NO ONE HAS EVER REACHED BEFORE.

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THE WORLD WE HAVE CREATED IS THE RESULT OF OUR LEVEL OF REFLECTION, BUT THE PROBLEMS IT GENERATES CANNOT BE SOLVED AT THAT LEVEL.

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IMAGINATION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE. KNOWLEDGE IS LIMITED WHILE IMAGINATION ENCOMPASSES THE WHOLE WORLD, STIMULATES PROGRESS, STIMULATES EVOLUTION.

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WE MUST BE CAREFUL NOT TO MAKE THE INTELLECT OUR GOD; HE HAS, OF COURSE, POWERFUL MUSCLES, BUT NO PERSONALITY. HE CANNOT ORDER; HE CAN ONLY SERVE.

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I DO NOT BELIEVE, IN THE PHILOSOPHICAL SENSE OF THE TERM, IN THE FREEDOM OF MAN. EVERYONE ACTS NOT ONLY UNDER EXTERNAL CONSTRAINT, BUT ALSO ACCORDING TO INTERNAL NECESSITY.

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YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO THINK FOR YOURSELF. TO LEARN NOTHING BY HEART, BUT TO REDISCOVER EVERYTHING AND IN ANY CASE, TO ACCEPT NOTHING THAT IS NOT PROVEN. NOT NEGLECT ANYTHING THAT IS CONCEIVABLE OR IMAGINABLE.

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I MAINTAIN THAT THE VIOLENT MEANS OF REFUSING MILITARY SERVICE REMAINS THE BEST WAY. IT IS RECOMMENDED BY ORGANIZATIONS IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES THAT PROVIDE MORAL AND MATERIAL SUPPORT TO COURAGEOUS CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS.

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I ADMIT THAT I NEED TO REMEMBER A HUNDRED TIMES A DAY THAT MY INNER AND OUTER LIFE DEPENDS ON THE WORK OF OTHER HUMAN BEINGS, LIVING OR DECEASED. I MUST STRIVE TO GIVE AS WIDELY AS I HAVE RECEIVED AND STILL RECEIVE.

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ATTENTION TO THE HUMAN BEING AND HIS DESTINY MUST ALWAYS BE AT THE CENTRE OF OUR PROFESSIONAL PREOCCUPATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS... SO THAT THE CREATIONS OF OUR MIND, RATHER THAN HARMING, BENEFIT HUMANITY AS A WHOLE.

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ANYONE WHO CLAIMS TO BE A JUDGE OF TRUTH AND KNOWLEDGE IS EXPOSED TO THE LAUGHTER OF THE GODS SINCE WE DO NOT KNOW HOW THINGS REALLY ARE AND WE ONLY KNOW THE REPRESENTATION WE MAKE OF THEM.

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING WE CAN HAVE IS THE MYSTERIOUS. IT IS THE SOURCE OF ALL TRUE ART AND SCIENCE. THE ONE WHO IS A STRANGER TO THIS EMOTION, WHO CAN NO LONGER STOP TO WONDER AND REMAIN CAPTIVE OF ADMIRATION, HAS DIED A LITTLE WHILE AGO. HIS EYES ARE FIRM.

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OUR WORLD IS THREATENED BY A CRISIS WHOSE MAGNITUDE SEEMS TO ESCAPE THOSE WHO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE GREAT DECISIONS FOR GOOD OR FOR EVIL. THE HATED POWER OF MAN HAS CHANGED EVERYTHING EXCEPT OUR WAYS OF THINKING AND WE ARE SLIDING TOWARDS AN UNPRECEDENTED CATASTROPHE. A NEW WAY OF THINKING IS ESSENTIAL IF HUMANITY WANTS TO LIVE. DIVERTING THIS THREAT IS THE MOST URGENT PROBLEM OF OUR TIME.

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GOD DOES NOT PLAY DES.

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WITHOUT DISARMAMENT, THERE CAN BE NO LASTING PEACE.

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NOTHING IS CLOSER TO THE REAL THAN THE FAKE.

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WE WILL HAVE THE FATE WE DESERVE.

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THE FACT THAT THE WORLD IS INTELLIGIBLE IS A MIRACLE.

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REPUBLICAN VIRTUE CORRESPONDS TO MY POLITICAL IDEAL.

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IT IS EASIER TO DISINTEGRATE AN ATOM THAN A PREJUDGE.

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THE BITTER LESSONS OF THE PAST MUST BE CONSTANTLY RE-LEARNED.

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THE CULT OF PERSONALITY REMAINS UNJUSTIFIED TO ME.

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NATIONALISM IS A CHILDHOOD DISEASE. IT'S THE MEASLES OF MANKIND.

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TO CHATIER MY CONTEMPT FOR AUTHORITY, FATE HAS MADE ME AN AUTHORITY.

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(DON'T TELL GOD WHAT TO DO, FRANÇOIS DE CLOSETS, 2006, P280)

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IF I STARTED WORRYING ABOUT MY APPEARANCE, I WOULDN'T BE MYSELF ANYMORE.

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THE WORD PROGRESS WILL HAVE NO MEANING AS LONG AS THERE ARE UNHAPPY CHILDREN.

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IT IS THE ESSENTIAL ROLE OF THE TEACHER TO AWAKEN THE JOY OF WORKING AND KNOWING.

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THE EFFORT TO UNITE WISDOM AND POWER RARELY AND ONLY VERY BRIEFLY SUCCEEDS.

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND PROFOUND EXPERIENCE THAT MAN CAN HAVE IS THAT OF MYSTERY.

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A PEACEFUL SITUATION IS ONLY ACHIEVED THROUGH MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND INDULGENCE.

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MORAL VALUE CANNOT BE REPLACED BY INTELLIGENCE VALUE AND I WOULD ADD: THANK GOD.

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THE WORLD WILL NOT BE DESTROYED BY THOSE WHO DO EVIL, BUT BY THOSE WHO WATCH THEM DO NOTHING.

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MAN AND HIS SAFETY MUST BE THE FIRST CONCERN OF ANY TECHNOLOGICAL ADVENTURE.

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I SEE MEN DIFFERENTIATING THEMSELVES BY SOCIAL CLASSES AND, I KNOW, NOTHING JUSTIFIES THEM EXCEPT VIOLENCE.

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RARE IS THE NUMBER OF THOSE WHO LOOK WITH THEIR OWN EYES AND EXPERIENCE WITH THEIR OWN SENSITIVITY.

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HUMANITY IS PASSIONATE ABOUT DERISORY GOALS. THEY ARE CALLED WEALTH, GLORY, LUXURY. I DESPISED THEM FROM A YOUNG AGE.

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TO BE AN IRREPROACHABLE MEMBER OF A COMMUNITY OF MONTONS, IT IS NECESSARY FIRST OF ALL

TO BE AN IRREPROACHABLE MEMBER OF A SHEEP COMMUNITY, YOU MUST FIRST OF ALL BE A SHEEP YOURSELF.

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MY POLITICAL IDEAL IS THE DEMOCRATIC IDEAL. EVERYONE MUST BE RESPECTED AS A PERSON, AND NO ONE MUST BE DIVINIZED.

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IT BECOMES ESSENTIAL FOR HUMANITY TO FORMULATE A NEW WAY OF THINKING IF IT WANTS TO SURVIVE AND REACH A HIGHER PLANE.

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THEY WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE FEW IDEAS I'VE DISCOVERED. BUT I HAVE DEDICATED MY LIFE, MY WHOLE LIFE, TO IT WITH UNINTERRUPTED EFFORT.

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THE TRUE VALUE OF A MAN IS DETERMINED FIRST BY EXAMINING TO WHAT EXTENT AND IN WHAT SENSE HE HAS SUCCEEDED IN FREEING HIMSELF FROM THE SELF.

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I FEEL THAT CLASS DIFFERENCES ARE NOT JUSTIFIED AND THAT THEY ARE ULTIMATELY BASED ONLY ON VIOLENCE.

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I DON'T KNOW HOW WE'LL FIGHT WORLD WAR III, BUT I KNOW HOW WE'LL FIGHT WORLD WAR IV: WITH STICKS AND STONES.

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THAT EACH ONE REASON IN HIS SOUL AND CONSCIENCE, THAT HE FORM AN IDEA BASED ON HIS OWN READINGS AND NOT ON THE STORIES OF OTHERS.

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I AM TRULY A MAN WHEN MY FEELINGS, THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS HAVE ONLY ONE PURPOSE: THAT OF THE COMMUNITY AND ITS PROGRESS.

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 THE ONE WHO FEELS HIS OWN LIFE AND THAT OF OTHERS AS MEANINGLESS IS FUNDAMENTALLY UNHAPPY, SINCE HE HAS NO REASON TO LIVE.

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WE KNOW FROM DAILY LIFE THAT WE EXIST FIRST AND FOREMOST FOR OTHER PEOPLE, BECAUSE OUR OWN HAPPINESS DEPENDS ON THEIR SMILES AND WELL-BEING.

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AS HUMAN BEINGS, WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN WHAT IT TAKES TO REALIZE HOW INAPPROPRIATE INTELLIGENCE IS IN THE FACE OF EXISTENCE.

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MEN SHOW ME AN INCREDIBLE AND EXCESSIVE ADMIRATION AND VENERATION. I DON'T WANT OR DESERVE ANYTHING. I IMAGINE THE DEEP BUT CHIMERIC CAUSE OF THEIR PASSION.

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FEW PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO EXPRESS A CALM OPINION THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM THE PREJUDICES OF THEIR ENVIRONMENT. MOST PEOPLE ARE EVEN UNABLE TO EXPRESS SUCH OPINIONS.

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I DEEPLY DESPISE THOSE WHO LIKE TO WALK IN ROWS TO MUSIC: IT CAN ONLY BE BY MISTAKE THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED A BRAIN; A SPINAL CORD WOULD BE MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR THEM.

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IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR EVERY CONTEMPORARY TO SIMPLY WAIT AND CRITICIZE. HE MUST SERVE THE CAUSE AS WELL AS HE CAN. THE FATE OF HUMANITY IN GENERAL WILL BE WHAT IT DESERVES.

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THE STATE IS CREATED FOR MEN AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND... THE STATE MUST BE OUR SERVANT, AND WE DO NOT HAVE TO BE ITS SLAVES. THIS FUNDAMENTAL LAW IS VIOLATED BY THE STATE WHEN IT FORCES US INTO MILITARY SERVICE AND WAR.

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AS A MAN, CERTAIN IDEALS DIRECT MY ACTIONS AND GUIDE MY JUDGMENTS. BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER CONSIDERED PLEASURE AND HAPPINESS AS AN END IN ITSELF AND I ABANDON THIS TYPE OF ENJOYMENT TO INDIVIDUALS REDUCED TO GROUP INSTINCTS.

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THE NON-MATHEMATICIAN IS GRIPPED BY A MYSTICAL THRILL WHEN HE HEARS ABOUT "FOUR DIMENSIONS"... AND YET, NOTHING IS MORE BANAL THAN THE ASSERTION THAT THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE IS A FOUR-DIMENSIONAL SPACE-TIME CONTINUUM.

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AWAKENING AND REINFORCING THE PLEASURE OF WORKING IN YOUNG MEN IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TASK FOR EDUCATORS. ONLY SUCH A BASIS LEADS TO THE HAPPINESS OF POSSESSING ONE OF THE MOST PRECIOUS GOODS IN THE WORLD: KNOWLEDGE OR ARTISTIC SKILL.

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WHOEVER WANTS TO DEVELOP INTERNATIONAL SENTIMENT AND FIGHT NATIONAL CHAUVINISM, MUST THEREFORE FIGHT AGAINST COMPULSORY MILITARY SERVICE. ...] COMPULSORY MILITARY SERVICE MUST BE FOUGHT BECAUSE IT IS THE MAIN FOCUS OF MORBID NATIONALISM.

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GANDHI EMBODIES THE GREATEST POLITICAL GENIUS OF OUR CIVILIZATION. HE DEFINED THE CONCRETE MEANING OF A POLICY AND KNEW HOW TO RELEASE IN EVERY MAN AN INEXHAUSTIBLE HEROISM WHEN HE DISCOVERED A GOAL AND A VALUE TO HIS ACTION. INDIA, NOW FREE, PROVES THE ACCURACY OF HIS TESTIMONY.

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THE IDEALS THAT ILLUMINATED MY PATH AND FILLED ME UNCEASINGLY WITH VALIANT COURAGE WERE GOOD, BEAUTIFUL AND TRUE. ....] THE BANAL GOALS PURSUED BY HUMAN EFFORT, THE POSSESSION OF B

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THE IDEALS THAT ILLUMINATED MY PATH AND FILLED ME UNCEASINGLY WITH VALIANT COURAGE WERE GOOD, BEAUTIFUL AND TRUE. ...] THE BANAL GOALS PURSUED BY HUMAN EFFORT, THE POSSESSION OF PROPERTY, EXTERNAL SUCCESS, LUXURY, HAVE ALWAYS SEEMED TO ME, SINCE MY YOUNG YEARS, DESPICABLE.

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IT IS THE HUMAN PERSON, FREE AND CREATIVE, WHO SHAPES THE BEAUTIFUL AND SUBLIME, WHILE THE MASSES REMAIN DRAWN INTO AN INFERNAL ROUND OF IMBECILITY AND STUPIDITY. OTHERWISE SOCIETY IS INEXORABLY DOOMED TO FAILURE, AS HUMAN BEINGS DEPRIVE THEMSELVES OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMUNICATE.
IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND IN PHYSICS A SIMPLER LAW THAN THAT OF THE PROPAGATION OF LIGHT IN A VACUUM. ANY SCHOOLCHILD KNOWS OR BELIEVES THAT LIGHT PROPAGATES IN A STRAIGHT LINE AT A SPEED OF 300,000 KM/S. WE KNOW WITH GREAT ACCURACY THAT THIS SPEED IS THE SAME FOR ALL COLOURS.

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IDEALS HAVE SPARKED MY EFFORTS AND ALLOWED ME TO LIVE. THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE GOOD, THE BEAUTIFUL, THE TRUE. IF I DO NOT FEEL SYMPATHETIC TO OTHER SENSIBILITIES SIMILAR TO MINE, AND IF I DO NOT PERSIST TIRELESSLY PURSUE THIS IDEAL ETERNALLY INACCESSIBLE IN ART AND SCIENCE, LIFE HAS NO MEANING FOR ME.

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THE WORST GREEK INSTITUTION CALLS ITSELF THE ARMY. I HATE IT. IF A MAN CAN EXPERIENCE ANY PLEASURE IN MARCHING IN A ROW TO THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC, I DESPISE THAT MAN. HE DOESN'T DESERVE A HUMAN BRAIN BECAUSE A SPINAL CORD SATISFIES HIM. WE SHOULD MAKE THIS CANCER OF CIVILIZATION DISAPPEAR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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MY RESPONSIBILITY IN THE ATOMIC BOMB ISSUE IS REFLECTED IN A SINGLE INTERVENTION: I WROTE A LETTER TO PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT. THE UNIVERSAL RISK CAUSED BY THE DISCOVERY OF THE BOMB. BUT THE GERMAN SCIENTISTS WERE WORKING ON THE SAME PROBLEM AND HAD EVERY CHANCE OF SOLVING IT. SO I TOOK RESPONSIBILITY.

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I REFUSE TO STAY IN A COUNTRY WHERE POLITICAL FREEDOM, TOLERANCE AND EQUALITY WILL NOT BE GUARANTEED BY LAW. I WILL MAINTAIN THIS ATTITUDE AS LONG AS NECESSARY. BY POLITICAL FREEDOM I UNDERSTAND THE FREEDOM TO EXPRESS MY POLITICAL OPINION PUBLICLY OR IN WRITING AND BY TOLERANCE I MEAN RESPECT FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL CONVICTION.

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THE DISCOVERY OF ATOMIC CHAIN REACTIONS DOES NOT POSE A GREATER DANGER TO HUMANITY THAN THE INVENTION OF MATCHES. BUT WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ELIMINATE THE MISUSE OF THE MEANS. IN THE CURRENT STATE OF TECHNOLOGY, ONLY A SUPRA-NATIONAL ORGANIZATION CAN PROTECT US, IF IT HAS SUFFICIENT EXECUTIVE POWER.

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THE DEMANDING STATE OF MILITARY SERVICE FOR ITS CITIZENS, IS FORCED TO EXALT IN THEM THE NATIONALIST FEELING, THE PSYCHOLOGICAL BASIS OF MILITARY CONDITIONING. ALONGSIDE RELIGION, THE STATE MUST GLORIFY IN ITS SCHOOLS, IN THE EYES OF ITS YOUTH, ITS INSTRUMENT OF BRUTAL FORCE. THE INTRODUCTION OF COMPULSORY MILITARY SERVICE IS, IN MY OPINION, THE MAIN CAUSE OF THE MORAL DECAY OF THE WHITE RACE.

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I VIOLENTLY HATE HEROISM ON ORDER, GRATUITOUS VIOLENCE AND STUPID NATIONALISM. WAR IS THE MOST DESPICABLE THING IN THE WORLD. I'D RATHER LET MYSELF BE MURDERED THAN PARTICIPATE IN THIS IGNOMINY. AND YET, I BELIEVE DEEPLY IN HUMANITY. I KNOW THIS CANCER IS LONG OVERDUE TO BE CURED. BUT HUMAN COMMON SENSE IS SYSTEMATICALLY CORRUPTED. AND THE CULPRITS ARE CALLED: SCHOOL, PRESS, BUSINESS, POLITICS.

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A HUMAN BEING IS A LIMITED PART IN TIME AND SPACE, HE EXPERIENCES HIS THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AS SOMETHING SEPARATE FROM THE REST, A KIND OF OPTICAL ILLUSION OF CONSCIOUSNESS. THIS ILLUSION IS FOR HIM A PRISON THAT LIMITS HIM TO HIS PERSONAL DESIRES AND HAS AFFECTION FOR THE FEW PEOPLE AROUND HIM. HIS TASK IS TO FREE HIMSELF FROM THIS PRISON BY WIDENING HIS CIRCLE OF COMPASSION TO INCLUDE ALL LIVING CREATURES AND THE WHOLE OF NATURE IN ALL ITS BEAUTY.

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AT THE MOMENT, WHAT SITUATION IS MADE IN THE SOCIAL BODY FROM HUMANITY TO THE SCIENTIST? TO A CERTAIN EXTENT, HE CAN BE PLEASED THAT THE WORK OF HIS CONTEMPORARIES, EVEN IN A VERY INDIRECT WAY, HAS RADICALLY CHANGED THE ECONOMIC LIFE OF MEN BECAUSE IT HAS ALMOST COMPLETELY ELIMINATED MUSCULAR WORK. BUT HE IS ALSO DISCOURAGED BECAUSE THE RESULTS OF HIS RESEARCH HAVE CAUSED A TERRIBLE THREAT TO HUMANITY. BECAUSE THE RESULTS OF HIS INVESTIGATIONS WERE COLLECTED BY THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE POLITICAL POWER, THESE MORALLY BLIND MEN.