Quotes

Here’s a list of some of my favorite quotes, some by me (constantly being updated):

“Quotes from the internet are getting less and less reliable these days.” -Abraham Lincoln

“Freedom is a state of mind.”

“May you always do what you are afraid to do.”

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery,
none but ourselves can free our minds.”

“Fear of the unknown.
They are afraid of new ideas.
They are loaded with prejudices, not based upon anything in reality, but based on… if something is new, I reject it immediately because it’s frightening to me. What they do instead is just stay with the familiar.
You know, to me, the most beautiful things in all the universe, are the most mysterious.”

“I have this real moron thing I do… It’s called thinking!” – George Carlin

“[Life] is just a ride, and we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice… a choice between fear and love.” -Bill Hicks

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss

It’s all about the journey, not the destination
Happiness is a way if travel, not the destination.

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in” Greek proverb

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
– Oscar Wilde

If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.

“It’s very possible that everybody is exactly the same at the core, but we’re just living these different existences through different biologies, personalities, sexual needs and wants and life experiences. One of the best ways to treat people is to treat them as if they were you living another life. Every person you run into is literally you living another life. If you lived my life, you would be me. If I lived your life, I would be you. I would have your experiences and your genes. Treating others as you would like them to treat you is too abstract. I’m saying treat them as if they ‘were’ you. If we really are one, then I am you and you are me.” Joe Rogan

“I found that nothing truly matters that you cannot find for free” – The Gaslight Anthem

the more you question everything, the more you realize how little we actually know

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum….” ― Noam Chomsky

“Relax!… Nothing is under control”

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” -Albert Einstein

“We all have this desire to have someone lead us; we all have this feeling for someone to lead us that seems smarter or wiser.” “This is my team, and these are my people… Feels good, doesn’t it?” – Joe Rogan http://podcasts.joerogan.net

“It all goes back in the box.” –http://youtu.be/LpOP7N7to5U

“Don’t think of people that you haven’t met as strangers, think of them as friends you have not talked to yet”

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” Henry David Thoreau

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” -Henri Bergson

“In a society that has destroyed all adventure, the only adventure left is to destroy that society.”

“All I want is to want nothing.”

“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later.” CS Lewis

“The more stuff you own, the more stuff owns you.”

“Words – the English language – put strict limits on communication (ie. There exist many spiritual/sensory experiences which words do not do justice for at all). By attempting to translate our complex personal thoughts and ideas into mere words as means of communication, anger/fear-based arguments and disagreements between people arise regarding labels and definitions, unnecessarily/unfortunately dividing us.”

“Your life is in your own hands. If you want to change something about yourself, you can make it happen.
You are in control, and negative emotions (stress, anger, etc.) are a choice.”

“Some people are so poor, all they have is money”

“its only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything” Fight Club

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” -Socrates

“You can get a large audience together for a strip-tease act-that is, to watch a girl undress on the stage. Now suppose you came to a country where you could fill a theatre by simply bringing a covered plate on to the stage and then slowly lifting the cover so as to let every one see, just before the lights went out, that it contained a mutton chop or a bit of bacon, would you not think that in that country something had gone wrong with the appetite for food? And would not anyone who had grown up in a different world think there was something equally queer about the state of the sex instinct among us? […] There is nothing to be ashamed of in enjoying your food: there would be everything to be ashamed of if half the world made food the main interest of their lives and spent their time looking at pictures of food and dribbling and smacking their lips.” CS Lewis

“Soldiers, don’t give yourself to brutes… men who despise you and slave you, who regimen your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel.. who drill you, tire you, who treat you like cattle, use you as canon powder. don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men. machine men with machine minds and machines hearts. you are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! you have the love of humanity in your hearts. you don’t hate, only the unloved hate! the unloved and the unnatural…” -Charlie Chaplin

“If you don’t have a plan, you become part of somebody else’s plan.”
“Culture, which we put on like an overcoat, is the collectivized consensus about what sort of neurotic behaviors are acceptable.”
“Unexamined cultural values & limitations of language have made us unwitting prisoners of our own assumptions.”
“What civilization is, is 6 billion people trying to make themselves happy by standing on each other’s shoulders and kicking each other’s teeth in. It’s not a pleasant situation.” -Terence McKenna

“Nationalism does nothing but teach you how to hate people that you never met.”
“At least black people knew when they were slaves; you remain clueless.” – Doug Stanhope

“the fascination of freedom was tarnished when the Earth produced a being who demanded necessity as a law above the universe” -Bataille

“I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.” -Kurt Cobain

“Love is a better motivation than fear. Voluntarism is a better way of achieving tasks than force”

“Man can harness the wind, the waves, and the tides…but when he can harness the energy of love, then for the second time in the history of the world — man will have discovered fire” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees” -Many people

“No man is more hopelessly enslaved than he who believes he is free.”

“People were created to be loved, things were created to be used; the reason why the world is in chaos right now is because things are being loved, and people are being used.”

“Real genuine giving is voluntary, anonymous, unconditional, and with no sense of obligation”

“In two weeks the sheep-like masses can be worked up by the newspapers into such a state of excited fury that the men are prepared to put on an uniform and kill and be killed, for the sake of the worthless aims of a few interested parties.” “The armament industry is one of the greatest dangers that beset mankind. It is the hidden evil power behind the nationalism which is rampant everywhere.” -Albert Einstein

“Before our white brothers came to civilize us, we had no jails. Therefore, we had no criminals. You can’t have criminals without a jail. We had no locks or keys, and so we had no thieves. If a man was so poor that he had no horse, tipi or blanket, someone gave him these things. We were too uncivilized to set much value on personal belongings. We wanted to have things only in order to give them away. We had no money, and therefore, a man’s worth couldn’t be measured by it. We had no written law, no attorneys or politicians; therefore, we couldn’t cheat. We really were in a bad way before the white men came, and I don’t know how we managed to get along without these basic things which, we are told, are absolutely necessary to make a civilized society.” -John Lame Deer

“The richest man is one who can lose nothing when everything burns”

“people can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. Forty percent of all people know that.” -Homer Simpson

“But the first test of the usefulness of a word is whether it means the same thing to the listener and the speaker. And labels seldom do.” “Every label tends to be a lie: at best, an imprecise tool of language; at worst, an insidiously irresponsible weapon of attack. when labels are used as weapons to attack and discredit a person or idea, they are insidiously irresponsible. They exploit base emotions and encourage a mindlessness that buries reason along with its victims.”

“Money is a game; it’s only real to the people who have to work for it; to those that don’t, it’s a game of paper” -Charles Manson

“It’s more satisfying to dig a ditch with friends than to design a skyscraper with a team of sociopaths.”

We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” -Dave Ramsey

“Prostitution is to sex as buying/selling is to giving/receiving.” -Mark Boyle

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” -Henry David Thoreau

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” -Walden

“Why own petty mansions and cars and lands when you can own the whole universe? When you own nothing, you own everything. ” “Those who take only what they need are wealthy. Those who take more than they need are in poverty.” “Freely give, freely receive.” “Everytime you do something spontaneously, from your heart, without sense of debt (obligation), you have returned to the moneyless world, you have become Real. You have returned to simple Trust. Either be an imitation or be real. That part of you who does things out of debt and out of desire for credit is the fake part of you, the part that acts from ulterior motivation. ” “Have you considered that thieves & mooches & lazy & greedy people might just be a product of the money system? The greatest thieves and mooches and lazy and greedy people are at the top of the money system: bankers and stock brokers and CEOs, who not only contribute little or nothing to society, but bleed the goods from the workers at the bottom.” “When you take more than you need, you are a thief. The very nature of the system of commerce is robbery and extortion.” “If you have no emptiness inside, you aren’t going to want more stuff. You will be content exactly with what you have, here and now.” -Suelo

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” -Christopher McCandless

McCandless viewed running as an intensely spiritual exercise akin to meditation. “Chris would use the spiritual aspect to try to motivate us,” recalls Eric Hathaway, another friend on the team. “He’d tell us to think about all the evil in the world, all the hatred, and imagine ourselves running against the forces of darkness, the evil wall that was trying to keep us from running our best. He believed doing well was all mental, a simple matter of harnessing whatever energy was available. As impressionable high school kids, we were blown away by that kind of talk.”

“That’s all you ever hear about in this country! It’s our differences! That’s all the media and the politicians are ever talking about! The things that separate us. Things that make us different from one another. That’s the way the ruling class operates in any society. They try to divide the rest of the people. They keep the lower and the middle classes fighting with each other so that they, the rich, can run off with all the money! Fairly simple thing! Happens to work!” -George Carlin

“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, “Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, “Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” And we … kill those people. “Shut him up! I’ve got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.” It’s just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok … But it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”
-Bill Hicks

“Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value —- zero.” -Voltaire

“If there were no debts in our money system, there wouldn’t be any money.” – Marriner S. Eccles, former Chairman and Governor of the Federal Reserve Board

“A positive attitude is one of the most valuable assets a person can have in life. So often what people say their problem is really isn’t their problem. Their problem is the attitude which causes them to handle life’s obstacles poorly.” “You only get what you give yourself – so give yourself the best.” “The individual whose attitude causes them to approach life from an entirely positive perspective is someone who can be called a no-limit person. People with positive attitudes are able to go places where others can’t. They do things that others can’t. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100%.”

—–Bible—-

“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.” Matthew 21:12

“If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you. You shall not lend him your money at interest, nor give him your food for profit. ” Leviticus 25:35-37

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:25

“Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. . . Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? . . . . Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.” Luke 12:22, 30-31

“Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell; They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk; Nor do they mutter through their throat. Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them.” Psalm 115:4-8

“Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” -Paul

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:10