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    If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I? Possessions

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    Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you. Love

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    To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable. Death and Dying

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    Modern man thinks he loses something - time - when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains -- except kill it. Time and Time Management

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    The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers. Uncertainty

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    The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity. Security

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    We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them. Materialism

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    The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal. Revolutions and Revolutionaries

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    Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies. Creativity

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    Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market. Love

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    In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead. In the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead. Present

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    Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. Love

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    Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve. Existence

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    Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Creativity

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    There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by unfolding of his powers. Purpose

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    The lack of objectivity, as far as foreign nations are concerned, is notorious. From one day to another, another nation is made out to be utterly depraved and fiendish, while ones own nation stands for everything that is good and noble. Every action of the enemy is judged by one standardevery action of oneself by another. Even good deeds by the enemy are considered a sign of particular devilishness, meant to deceive us and the world, while our bad deeds are necessary and justified by our noble goals which they serve. Uncategorised

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    The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind -- not the fiend or the sadist. Power

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    What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal. Popularity

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    Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality. Equality

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    Reason is man's faculty for grasping the world by thought, in contradiction to intelligence, which is man's ability to manipulate the world with the help of thought. Reason is man's instrument for arriving at the truth, intelligence is man's instrument for manipulating the world more successfully; the former is essentially human, the latter belongs to the animal part of man. Intelligence and Intellectuals

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    Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much. Charity

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    Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. Patriotism is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by patriotism I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one's own nation, which is the concern with the nation's spiritual as much as with its material welfare --never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one's country which is not part of one's love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship. Patriotism

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    Just as love is an orientation which refers to all objects and is incompatible with the restriction to one object, so is reason a human faculty which must embrace the whole of the world with which man is confronted. Reason

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    Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others. Faith

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    The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man's nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become Golems, they will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life. The future

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    Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction. Greed

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    Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality. Birth

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    Man's biological weakness is the condition of human culture. Weakness

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    Authority is not a quality one person has, in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him. Authority

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    Integrity simple means not violating one's own identity. Integrity

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    The pace of science forces the pace of technique. Theoretical physics forces atomic energy on us; the successful production of the fission bomb forces upon us the manufacture of the hydrogen bomb. We do not choose our problems, we do not choose our products; we are pushed, we are forced -- by what? By a system which has no purpose and goal transcending it, and which makes man its appendix. Science and Scientists

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    Man may be defined as the animal that can say I, that can be aware of himself as a separate entity. Identity

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    The kind of relatedness to the world may be noble or trivial, but even being related to the basest kind of pattern is immensely preferable to being alone. Involvement

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