The simplest truths, the most obvious facts, are often the hardest to see.
Yet he who does not first dig to a rock-bottom foundation of Truth is as the man who builds his house upon sand.
The Universe is not about human beings. Reality is not about anything.
There is no purpose, meaning or value to existence other than the purpose, meaning and value one assigns it.
The higher the value or importance one places on existence, the more valuable it is.
Man is only separated from the animal insofar as he reasons.
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"The proper practice of philosophy is a full-time affair which affects every aspect of your existence. If you are not prepared to allow truth to change you, to alter your perspective, to affect your behaviour in the world, to challenge your relationships and worldly commitments, then your philosophizing will always remain ineffectual. Your vision will remain limited by the stagnant state of your ordinary mediocre consciousness..."
"On the face of it, there is something rather strange about human psychology.
"Human beings live in a state of mind called 'sanity' on a small planet in space. They are not quite sure whether the space around them is infinite or not (either way it is unthinkable). If they think about time, they find it inconceivable that it had a beginning. It is also inconceivable that it did not have a beginning. Thoughts of this kind are not disturbing to 'sanity', which is obviously a remarkable phenomenon and deserving more recognition."
"True individuality is measured by this: how long or how far one can endure being alone without the understanding of others."
"The deep fault of the human race is that there are no individuals any more. We have become split in two. When a book has become old and shabby, the binding separates and the pages fall out. Similarly, in our time we are disintegrated. Our understanding, our imaginations do not bind us in character. We are spineless wimps who only flirt with the highest."
"To win a crowd is no art; for that only untruth is needed, nonsense, and a little knowledge of human passions."
"Every life that is preoccupied with being like others is a wasted life, a lost life. A sparrow, a fly, a poisonous insect is an object of God’s concern. It is not a wasted or lost life. But masses of mimickers, a crowd of copycats are wasted lives."
"By forming a party, by melting into some group, we avoid not only conscience, but martyrdom. This is why fear of others dominates this world. No one dares to be a genuine self; everyone is hiding in some kind of "togetherness." Sensitive organs are shielded and not in immediate contact with objects, so us ordinary people are afraid to come into personal, immediate contact with the eternal. Instead, we rely on traditions and the voice of others. We are content to be a specimen or a copy, living a life shielded against individual responsibility before the Truth."
"The specimen-man tranquilizes himself with human numbers. If something is true, he needs no higher proof than that such and such a number have regarded it as true."
"The majority of people are not only afraid of holding a wrong opinion, they are afraid of holding an opinion alone."
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