This ongoing collection of aphorisms was last updated on 3/3/2009.
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Pessimists are merely people who lack the imagination to see the answer
to their problem.
The cynic may see the answer, but lacks the courage to act on it.
Children demand their rights; adults accept their responsibilities.
Just as a child needs its parents, so does an immature society need
its gods. Freedom is always hard to bear, and the weight of self-responsibility
can only be carried after a certain level of sophistication has been
You can measure the immaturity of a people by the thickness of their
The best morality boils down to a simple respect for others.
Ride with the moment. Even if it's unpleasant, there'll always be
another along shortly.
Where is security to be found? In a universe of constant surprises
and disappointments, it's foolish to look for external sources. The
sane person is, first and foremost, secure within himself.
By the eighteenth century, scientists knew that every action has an
equal and opposite reaction. Awareness of that fact has put the
physical sciences centuries ahead of the social sciences.
If you can't achieve perfection in yourself, how can you expect it
A person can only feel alone if he's never gotten to know himself.
Society is willing to exploit the responsible individual, but it rarely
There's nothing common about common sense.
Guilt is a tempting trap for the unwary. It lets you feign responsibility
while wallowing in ego.
To fail to accept the unalterable is insane; to fail to change the
intolerable is criminal. You must train yourself to distinguish between
The sane person knows how much responsibility he can handle and refuses
to accept more.
Monogamy, like all perversions, should be practiced only between consenting
Sure, question authority. But don't forget to question the other people
who question authority. The mere fact that they questioned authority
doesn't mean they got the right answer.
Curiosity has fed more cats than it's killed.
The absence of evil is not goodness, merely another and subtler form
Practicality is the horse you must ride; idealism is the road you
Dedication to the Truth sometimes obscures the facts.
All problems are solvable, but not all solutions are acceptable.
Dogma is the weak mind's shield against reality.
Sanity is the heaviest burden. Ethics is the narrowest cage. Together
they are Mankind's noblest aspirations.
The sane person expects scorn, and should never even hope for gratitude.
The sane person leads by example.
Trying to force sanity on an unready mind is a fool's mission.
The universe is an asylum for the unsane, and the sane person is both
its keeper and its hostage.
The sane person has the right to do anything he wants, but the cost
of that right is high: responsibility.
In troubled times, a society will cling to its irrationalities the
way a drowning man clings to a log.
Sanity is seldom contagious.
Don't worry that no one else can live up to your standards. That should
be hard enough even for you.
Societies based on the fairness of the universe are doomed from the
War is the ultimate expression of unsanity.
Equality is a painful concept, because people differ in intelligence,
beauty, wealth and skills. The one equality that links them all is their
Since all people are different, it's natural to distinguish between
them. But demeaning them because of their differences is unsane.
Morals are rules imposed by society. Ethics are promises you make
to yourself, and if you violate them you violate yourself.
Society defines you by your morals. You define yourself by your ethics.
Those who whine the most about regulations are the ones who prefer
to do things in ways that are shoddy, unsafe, illegal or just plain
wrong. Those who care about the quality of their efforts find that regulations
are seldom exacting enough.
There's always a test. Pay attention.
Nothing's ever hopeless until you lose all hope.
Think outside the box if you want, but remember--as in the case of
housecats, the box serves a function.