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It's demeaning when people talk about my looks. I think I usually look like shit, and most people would agree. #JohnnyDepp

It's demeaning when people talk about my looks. I think I usually look like shit, and most people would agree. #JohnnyDepp — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 24, 2024

[About 60% of Japanese in 20s and 30s are] herbivore man. This is a term that has become ubiquitous in Japan over the past few years to describe Japanese men who are very shy and passive and show no interest in sex and romantic relationships #AzizAnsari

[About 60% of Japanese in 20s and 30s are] herbivore man. This is a term that has become ubiquitous in Japan over the past few years to describe Japanese men who are very shy and passive and show no interest in sex and romantic relationships #AzizAnsari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 23, 2024

Scheduling chatter is merely one of the many forms of useless banter that makes dating in the digital age so frustrating, especially for women over twenty-five, since they have less patience for constant text exchanges. #AzizAnsari

Scheduling chatter is merely one of the many forms of useless banter that makes dating in the digital age so frustrating, especially for women over twenty-five, since they have less patience for constant text exchanges. #AzizAnsari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 23, 2024

Great people are hard to find so make sure you think about how to keep them. #RayDalio

Great people are hard to find so make sure you think about how to keep them. #RayDalio — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 23, 2024

We imagine that it might be possible, after a certain age, to place ourselves beyond mockery. We trust that it is an option to lead a good love life without regularly making a complete idiot of ourselves. It isn't. #TheSchoolOfLife

We imagine that it might be possible, after a certain age, to place ourselves beyond mockery. We trust that it is an option to lead a good love life without regularly making a complete idiot of ourselves. It isn't. #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 23, 2024

Happiness is just your constant state of existence. And this is the end of suffering. #Sadhguru

Happiness is just your constant state of existence. And this is the end of suffering. #Sadhguru — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 23, 2024

And what I usually find is that so many of the topics I've pegged as boring in my head are actually just foggy to me--like watching episode 17 of a great show, which would be boring if you didn't have the tree trunk of the back story and characters in place. #TimUrban

And what I usually find is that so many of the topics I've pegged as boring in my head are actually just foggy to me--like watching episode 17 of a great show, which would be boring if you didn't have the tree trunk of the back story and characters in place. #TimUrban — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 23, 2024

Most of what I know about writing I've learned through running every day. These are practical, physical lessons [...] I know that if I hadn't become a long-distance runner when I became a novelist, my work would have been vastly different. #HarukiMurakami

Most of what I know about writing I've learned through running every day. These are practical, physical lessons [...] I know that if I hadn't become a long-distance runner when I became a novelist, my work would have been vastly different. #HarukiMurakami — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 22, 2024

In fine I have written my work not as an essay with which to win the applause of the moment but as a possession for all time. #Thucydides

In fine I have written my work not as an essay with which to win the applause of the moment but as a possession for all time. #Thucydides — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 22, 2024

[Young adults] are thrown into a world that is unstructured and uncertain, with few authorities or guardrails except those they are expected to build on their own. Among other things, it becomes phenomenally hard to launch yourself into life. #DavidBrooks

[Young adults] are thrown into a world that is unstructured and uncertain, with few authorities or guardrails except those they are expected to build on their own. Among other things, it becomes phenomenally hard to launch yourself into life. #DavidBrooks — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 22, 2024

...seeking out challenges (rather than eliminating or avoiding everything that feels unsafe), freeing yourself from cognitive distortions (rather than always trusting your initial feelings), and taking a generous view of other people, and looking for nuance... #JonathanHaidt

...seeking out challenges (rather than eliminating or avoiding everything that feels unsafe), freeing yourself from cognitive distortions (rather than always trusting your initial feelings), and taking a generous view of other people, and looking for nuance... #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 22, 2024

Christians and Muslims who could not agree on religious beliefs could nevertheless agree on a monetary belief, because whereas religion asks us to believe in something, money asks us to believe that other people believe in something. #YuvalNoahHarari

Christians and Muslims who could not agree on religious beliefs could nevertheless agree on a monetary belief, because whereas religion asks us to believe in something, money asks us to believe that other people believe in something. #YuvalNoahHarari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 22, 2024

Always at the hands of people who range from the semi-informed to the uninformed. #DouglasMurray

Always at the hands of people who range from the semi-informed to the uninformed. #DouglasMurray — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 21, 2024

Yes, there are benefits to credentialing and sorting students [economic efficiency that results from getting high-skilled workers into important jobs.] But the benefits seem to pale next to the enormous monetary, psychic, and social waste of the education tournament. #RobinHanson

Yes, there are benefits to credentialing and sorting students [economic efficiency that results from getting high-skilled workers into important jobs.] But the benefits seem to pale next to the enormous monetary, psychic, and social waste of the education tournament. #RobinHanson — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 21, 2024

If you go into every interaction, assuming the culture doesn't matter, your default mechanism will be to view others through your own cultural lens and to judge or misjudge them accordingly. #ErinMeyer

If you go into every interaction, assuming the culture doesn't matter, your default mechanism will be to view others through your own cultural lens and to judge or misjudge them accordingly. #ErinMeyer — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 21, 2024

They are fairly similar between identical twins reared apart, indicating that they are influenced in part by genes, although they are also influenced by changes in the conditions of one's life or the roles one plays, such as becoming a parent. #JonathanHaidt

They are fairly similar between identical twins reared apart, indicating that they are influenced in part by genes, although they are also influenced by changes in the conditions of one's life or the roles one plays, such as becoming a parent. #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 21, 2024

I placed the highest priority on the sort of life that lets me focus on writing, not associating with all the people around me. #HarukiMurakami

I placed the highest priority on the sort of life that lets me focus on writing, not associating with all the people around me. #HarukiMurakami — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 21, 2024

I believe that someone who lacks a delusional sense of significance will wilt in the face of repeated experiences of multiple small failures and rare successes, the fate of most researchers. #DanielKahneman

I believe that someone who lacks a delusional sense of significance will wilt in the face of repeated experiences of multiple small failures and rare successes, the fate of most researchers. #DanielKahneman — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 20, 2024

United Nations report claims that 90 percent of girls and women over the age of three were sexually abused in parts of Liberia during civil war there. #NicholasDKristof

United Nations report claims that 90 percent of girls and women over the age of three were sexually abused in parts of Liberia during civil war there. #NicholasDKristof — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 20, 2024

The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor's glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. #DavidBrooks

The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor's glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. #DavidBrooks — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 20, 2024

Ultimately the main idea that lies behind happiness repertoires and techniques is that happier people are not only more productive and efficient workers but, most importantly, better citizens. #EvaIllouz

Ultimately the main idea that lies behind happiness repertoires and techniques is that happier people are not only more productive and efficient workers but, most importantly, better citizens. #EvaIllouz — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 20, 2024

Your primary desire, says Epictetus, should be your desire not to be frustrated by forming desires you won't be able to fulfill. #WilliamBIrvine

Your primary desire, says Epictetus, should be your desire not to be frustrated by forming desires you won't be able to fulfill. #WilliamBIrvine — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 20, 2024

In a place that produces suicide bombers who say, I want to die and I want more of you to die, anything can happen. #LeeKuanYew

In a place that produces suicide bombers who say, I want to die and I want more of you to die, anything can happen. #LeeKuanYew — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 19, 2024

And well-being is about the reasons one wishes to be alive. Those reasons matter not just at the end of life, or when debility comes, but all along the way. #AtulGawande

And well-being is about the reasons one wishes to be alive. Those reasons matter not just at the end of life, or when debility comes, but all along the way. #AtulGawande — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 19, 2024

Apollo, god of reason and wisdom. He was concerned with patience, thoroughness, duty and logical thinking. He presided over aspects of government, commerce and what we would now call science. #TheSchoolOfLife

Apollo, god of reason and wisdom. He was concerned with patience, thoroughness, duty and logical thinking. He presided over aspects of government, commerce and what we would now call science. #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 19, 2024

...tribes have genuine disagreements about how societies should be organized, emphasizing, to different extents, the rights of individuals versus the greater good of the group. Tribal values also differ along other dimensions, such as the role of honor... #JoshuaGreene

...tribes have genuine disagreements about how societies should be organized, emphasizing, to different extents, the rights of individuals versus the greater good of the group. Tribal values also differ along other dimensions, such as the role of honor... #JoshuaGreene — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 18, 2024

The unconscious contains desires and feelings that deeply challenge a more comfortable vision of ourselves. #TheSchoolOfLife

The unconscious contains desires and feelings that deeply challenge a more comfortable vision of ourselves. #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 18, 2024

After living in America for some time, you not only sensed depression but began to understand why so many Americans visited psychiatrists or took drugs to destroy a life that was so superior materialistically. #QianNing

After living in America for some time, you not only sensed depression but began to understand why so many Americans visited psychiatrists or took drugs to destroy a life that was so superior materialistically. #QianNing — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 18, 2024

Applying pressure on someone to be content when there is no authentic reason to be so is not kindness. It is a form of well-meaning coercion that forces a child to lose connection with their own reality [and] distance themselves from an honest [self] relationship #TheSchoolOfLife

Applying pressure on someone to be content when there is no authentic reason to be so is not kindness. It is a form of well-meaning coercion that forces a child to lose connection with their own reality [and] distance themselves from an honest [self] relationship #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 18, 2024

In the recent history of the cosmos, we shared common ancestors, whose progeny became diversely the octopus, the sea bream or evolved gradually into solicitors, psychotherapists and graphic designers. #TheSchoolOfLife

In the recent history of the cosmos, we shared common ancestors, whose progeny became diversely the octopus, the sea bream or evolved gradually into solicitors, psychotherapists and graphic designers. #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 17, 2024

If you're confident in what you're doing, then the last thing in the world you're worried about is what other people are doing. #JoshuaBrown

If you're confident in what you're doing, then the last thing in the world you're worried about is what other people are doing. #JoshuaBrown — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 17, 2024

...pay attention to what you envy. Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but it tells the truth. You mostly envy those who have what you desire. #SusanCain

...pay attention to what you envy. Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but it tells the truth. You mostly envy those who have what you desire. #SusanCain — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 17, 2024

Natural selection, it was thought, promotes ruthless self-interest. Individuals who grab up all the resources and destroy the competition will survive better, reproduce more often, and thus populate the world with their ruthlessly selfish offspring. #JoshuaGreene

Natural selection, it was thought, promotes ruthless self-interest. Individuals who grab up all the resources and destroy the competition will survive better, reproduce more often, and thus populate the world with their ruthlessly selfish offspring. #JoshuaGreene — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 17, 2024

In Chinese society this right-wrong consciousness is embodied primarily in the society's nearly subconscious belief in unified thinking, a premise for agreeing on the absolute correctness of an idea. #QianNing

In Chinese society this right-wrong consciousness is embodied primarily in the society's nearly subconscious belief in unified thinking, a premise for agreeing on the absolute correctness of an idea. #QianNing — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 17, 2024

Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality. #AdamSmith

Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality. #AdamSmith — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 16, 2024

I had the advantage of an immigrant society. [...] I gave them a common platform in English, equal competition, everybody appointed according to merit, regardless of race, language, culture. That brought about a national solidarity. #LeeKuanYew

I had the advantage of an immigrant society. [...] I gave them a common platform in English, equal competition, everybody appointed according to merit, regardless of race, language, culture. That brought about a national solidarity. #LeeKuanYew — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 16, 2024

On several occasions correspondents have asked me why they should trust the scientific consensus on climate change, since it comes out of institutions that brook no dissent. That is why universities have a responsibility to secure the credibility of science... #StevenPinker

On several occasions correspondents have asked me why they should trust the scientific consensus on climate change, since it comes out of institutions that brook no dissent. That is why universities have a responsibility to secure the credibility of science... #StevenPinker — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 16, 2024

Art and science do not establish themselves despite failure but through it #SimonedeBeauvoir

Art and science do not establish themselves despite failure but through it #SimonedeBeauvoir — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 16, 2024

Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what's left and live it properly. What doesn't transmit light creates its own darkness. #MarcusAurelius

Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what's left and live it properly. What doesn't transmit light creates its own darkness. #MarcusAurelius — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 16, 2024

I think generally people's thinking process is too bound by convention or analogy to prior experiences. It's rare that people try to think of something on a first principles basis. #TimUrban

I think generally people's thinking process is too bound by convention or analogy to prior experiences. It's rare that people try to think of something on a first principles basis. #TimUrban — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 15, 2024

And Dunbar points out that in our ultrasocial species, success is largely a matter of playing the social game well. It's not what you know, it's who you know. #JonathanHaidt

And Dunbar points out that in our ultrasocial species, success is largely a matter of playing the social game well. It's not what you know, it's who you know. #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 15, 2024

The great mob of mankind are the admirers and worshippers, and, what may seem more extraordinary, most frequently the disinterested admirers and worshippers, of wealth and greatness. #AdamSmith

The great mob of mankind are the admirers and worshippers, and, what may seem more extraordinary, most frequently the disinterested admirers and worshippers, of wealth and greatness. #AdamSmith — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 15, 2024

When we laugh at a critique, it's a sign that we have understood the critique, that we have acknowledged areas of absurdity and are in the background pleased that someone cares about us enough to bother with our education. #TheSchoolOfLife

When we laugh at a critique, it's a sign that we have understood the critique, that we have acknowledged areas of absurdity and are in the background pleased that someone cares about us enough to bother with our education. #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 15, 2024

High creativity is responding to situations without critical thought. #JohnCleese

High creativity is responding to situations without critical thought. #JohnCleese — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 15, 2024

Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance. #BreneBrown

Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance. #BreneBrown — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 14, 2024

The basis of karma is simple: you are the source of all your baggage. #Sadhguru

The basis of karma is simple: you are the source of all your baggage. #Sadhguru — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 14, 2024

When we consider what a word stands for, we are dealing with its semantic aspects; when we consider it in relation to other words, we are dealing with its syntactic features. #CWrightMills

When we consider what a word stands for, we are dealing with its semantic aspects; when we consider it in relation to other words, we are dealing with its syntactic features. #CWrightMills — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 14, 2024

...we use laughter to gauge and calibrate social boundaries--both behavioral boundaries (norms) and group membership boundaries (who deserves how much of our empathy). But this calibration is a delicate act. #RobinHanson

...we use laughter to gauge and calibrate social boundaries--both behavioral boundaries (norms) and group membership boundaries (who deserves how much of our empathy). But this calibration is a delicate act. #RobinHanson — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 14, 2024

Evangelicalism has taken the Extrovert Ideal to its logical extreme...If you don't love Jesus out loud, then it must not be real love. It's not enough to forge your own spiritual connection to the divine; it must be displayed publicly. #SusanCain

Evangelicalism has taken the Extrovert Ideal to its logical extreme...If you don't love Jesus out loud, then it must not be real love. It's not enough to forge your own spiritual connection to the divine; it must be displayed publicly. #SusanCain — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 13, 2024

The second-generation kids of Indians and Chinese [in Malaysia] rush to Europe and the Americas away from race-based policies. #LeeKuanYew

The second-generation kids of Indians and Chinese [in Malaysia] rush to Europe and the Americas away from race-based policies. #LeeKuanYew — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 13, 2024

You can hide memories, but you can't erase the history that produced them. #HarukiMurakami

You can hide memories, but you can't erase the history that produced them. #HarukiMurakami — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 13, 2024

The suburban housewife--she was the dream image of the young American woman and the envy, it was said, of women all over the world. #BettyFriedan

The suburban housewife--she was the dream image of the young American woman and the envy, it was said, of women all over the world. #BettyFriedan — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 13, 2024

O beware, my lord, jealousy is the green eye'd monster that doth mock the meat it feeds on. #Shakespeare

O beware, my lord, jealousy is the green eye'd monster that doth mock the meat it feeds on. #Shakespeare — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 12, 2024

It is much harder to honestly ask ourselves whether our lives would be improved were we not to be attached to our devices quite as umbilically, and how much misery they bring us alongside the various conveniences and amusements. Whether we might be more authentic... #DerrenBrown

It is much harder to honestly ask ourselves whether our lives would be improved were we not to be attached to our devices quite as umbilically, and how much misery they bring us alongside the various conveniences and amusements. Whether we might be more authentic... #DerrenBrown — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 12, 2024

It is as if we need to be reminded of convention in order properly to appreciate the wonder of being unguarded... #AlaindeBotton

It is as if we need to be reminded of convention in order properly to appreciate the wonder of being unguarded... #AlaindeBotton — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 12, 2024

Once your pride gets involved, you'll fight tooth and nail to maintain your habits. #JamesClear

Once your pride gets involved, you'll fight tooth and nail to maintain your habits. #JamesClear — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 12, 2024

Just how much renunciation of desire does society demand of us versus the degree of gratification it provides? #LauraKipnis

Just how much renunciation of desire does society demand of us versus the degree of gratification it provides? #LauraKipnis — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 12, 2024

...for thousands of years, people have been proclaiming a crisis in marriage and pointing backwards to better days. #StephanieCoontz

...for thousands of years, people have been proclaiming a crisis in marriage and pointing backwards to better days. #StephanieCoontz — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 11, 2024

We aren't overwhelmed by anger whenever we are frustrated; only when we first believed ourselves entitled to a particular satisfaction and then did not receive it. #AlaindeBotton

We aren't overwhelmed by anger whenever we are frustrated; only when we first believed ourselves entitled to a particular satisfaction and then did not receive it. #AlaindeBotton — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 11, 2024

All three men were doing the same work. For the first man, his work was simply cutting stone. For the second, his work was simply a means to eke out a livelihood. For the third, his work was an opportunity to create something beautiful that he cared for deeply. #Sadhguru

All three men were doing the same work. For the first man, his work was simply cutting stone. For the second, his work was simply a means to eke out a livelihood. For the third, his work was an opportunity to create something beautiful that he cared for deeply. #Sadhguru — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 11, 2024

Every Saddleback member is asked to sign a maturity covenant card promising to adhere to three habits: daily quiet time for reflection and prayer, tithing 10 percent of their income, and membership in a small group. #CharlesDuhigg

Every Saddleback member is asked to sign a maturity covenant card promising to adhere to three habits: daily quiet time for reflection and prayer, tithing 10 percent of their income, and membership in a small group. #CharlesDuhigg — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 11, 2024

You can show them what you see, but your showing and their seeing are forever different things. #WilliamMartin

You can show them what you see, but your showing and their seeing are forever different things. #WilliamMartin — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 10, 2024

They make some sort of feeble stew out of sympathy, compassion, contempt and general indifference, and they call it love. Once you've felt what it means to love as you and I know it--total passion for the total height--you're incapable of anything less. #AynRand

They make some sort of feeble stew out of sympathy, compassion, contempt and general indifference, and they call it love. Once you've felt what it means to love as you and I know it--total passion for the total height--you're incapable of anything less. #AynRand — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 10, 2024

Adventure is not outside man; it is within. #DavidBrooks

Adventure is not outside man; it is within. #DavidBrooks — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 10, 2024

Factfulness is... recognizing that a single perspective can limit your imagination, and remembering that it is better to look at problems from many angles to get a more accurate understanding and find practical solutions. #HansRosling

Factfulness is... recognizing that a single perspective can limit your imagination, and remembering that it is better to look at problems from many angles to get a more accurate understanding and find practical solutions. #HansRosling — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 9, 2024

We certainly need good science, but from a political perspective, a good science-fiction movie is worth far more than an article in Science or Nature. #YuvalNoahHarari

We certainly need good science, but from a political perspective, a good science-fiction movie is worth far more than an article in Science or Nature. #YuvalNoahHarari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 9, 2024

...the sense of empowerment that grows when working people are treated not as employees, but as owners who share responsibility for defining the scope and character of their jobs. #BernieSanders

...the sense of empowerment that grows when working people are treated not as employees, but as owners who share responsibility for defining the scope and character of their jobs. #BernieSanders — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 9, 2024

Following this line of thought, commitment phobia can be viewed as an aspect of compulsory heterosexuality, one of the main institutionalized descriptions of the ways in which women are systematically humiliated, dismissed, and ignored by men. #EvaIllouz

Following this line of thought, commitment phobia can be viewed as an aspect of compulsory heterosexuality, one of the main institutionalized descriptions of the ways in which women are systematically humiliated, dismissed, and ignored by men. #EvaIllouz — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 9, 2024

We can remind ourselves of the reasons to strive for good style: to enhance the spread of ideas, to exemplify attention to detail, and to add to the beauty of the world. #StevenPinker

We can remind ourselves of the reasons to strive for good style: to enhance the spread of ideas, to exemplify attention to detail, and to add to the beauty of the world. #StevenPinker — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 9, 2024

The cure for infatuation is to get to know the object of one's desire better. Soon their inevitable defects will be revealed. #TheSchoolOfLife

The cure for infatuation is to get to know the object of one's desire better. Soon their inevitable defects will be revealed. #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 8, 2024

[The first atheistic societies emerged in Europe in the last few decades] are the least efficient societies ever known at turning resources (of which they have a lot) into offspring (of which they have few). #JonathanHaidt

[The first atheistic societies emerged in Europe in the last few decades] are the least efficient societies ever known at turning resources (of which they have a lot) into offspring (of which they have few). #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 8, 2024

What matters is not what we seem to a random group, but what we know we are. #AlaindeBotton

What matters is not what we seem to a random group, but what we know we are. #AlaindeBotton — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 8, 2024

Oddly, in their business, the artistic philanthropist had the opportunity to make real--on a large scale--the qualities they subsequently sought to honour in their gifts. Yet very often they did not. #TheSchoolOfLife

Oddly, in their business, the artistic philanthropist had the opportunity to make real--on a large scale--the qualities they subsequently sought to honour in their gifts. Yet very often they did not. #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 8, 2024

...human beings have a strong dramatic instinct toward binary thinking, a basic urge to divide things into two distinct groups, with nothing but an empty gap in between. We love to dichotomize. Good versus bad. Heroes versus villains. My country versus the rest. #HansRosling

...human beings have a strong dramatic instinct toward binary thinking, a basic urge to divide things into two distinct groups, with nothing but an empty gap in between. We love to dichotomize. Good versus bad. Heroes versus villains. My country versus the rest. #HansRosling — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 8, 2024

Also taboo among hunter-gatherers was stockpiling and hoarding. For most of our history we didn't collect things, but friendships. This never failed to amaze European explorers, who expressed incredulity at the generosity of the peoples they encountered. #RutgerBregman

Also taboo among hunter-gatherers was stockpiling and hoarding. For most of our history we didn't collect things, but friendships. This never failed to amaze European explorers, who expressed incredulity at the generosity of the peoples they encountered. #RutgerBregman — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 7, 2024

We unknowingly impute to strangers the nasty comments that we are experts at making to ourselves; our self-image returns to haunt us in the assumed views of others. #TheSchoolOfLife

We unknowingly impute to strangers the nasty comments that we are experts at making to ourselves; our self-image returns to haunt us in the assumed views of others. #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 7, 2024

Nietzsche... the Critical Theorists--are morose cultural pessimists who declare that modernity is odious, all statements are paradoxical, works of art are tools of oppression, liberal democracy is the same as fascism, and Western civilization is circling the drain. #StevenPinker

Nietzsche... the Critical Theorists--are morose cultural pessimists who declare that modernity is odious, all statements are paradoxical, works of art are tools of oppression, liberal democracy is the same as fascism, and Western civilization is circling the drain. #StevenPinker — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 7, 2024

A married couple are well suited when both partners usually feel the need for a quarrel at the same time. #JeanRostand

A married couple are well suited when both partners usually feel the need for a quarrel at the same time. #JeanRostand — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 7, 2024

We go against our feelings and get out of bed. Why? Because we believe there is something worthwhile to do that day. And normally, before the day is over, we feel good about having gotten up. Our actions preceded our emotions. The same is true with love. #GaryChapman

We go against our feelings and get out of bed. Why? Because we believe there is something worthwhile to do that day. And normally, before the day is over, we feel good about having gotten up. Our actions preceded our emotions. The same is true with love. #GaryChapman — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 6, 2024

If the ways of the north are too dominant and entrenched in your life, you need the virtues of the south. #TheSchoolOfLife

If the ways of the north are too dominant and entrenched in your life, you need the virtues of the south. #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 6, 2024

We believe that universities should make it a requirement that all graduates spend at least some time in the developing world, either by taking a gap year or by studying abroad. #NicholasDKristof

We believe that universities should make it a requirement that all graduates spend at least some time in the developing world, either by taking a gap year or by studying abroad. #NicholasDKristof — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 6, 2024

The point of being a teacher is to do more than impart facts, it's to shape the way students perceive the world, to help a student absorb the rules of a discipline. The teachers who do that get remembered. #DavidBrooks

The point of being a teacher is to do more than impart facts, it's to shape the way students perceive the world, to help a student absorb the rules of a discipline. The teachers who do that get remembered. #DavidBrooks — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 6, 2024

It is easy to make things hard, but hard to make them easy #RutgerBregman

It is easy to make things hard, but hard to make them easy #RutgerBregman — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 6, 2024

We are not helpless. Even in the rubble of the most broken-down lives, useful weapons might still be found. #JordanPeterson

We are not helpless. Even in the rubble of the most broken-down lives, useful weapons might still be found. #JordanPeterson — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 6, 2024

What's most important is what you can't see but can feel in your heart. #HarukiMurakami

What's most important is what you can't see but can feel in your heart. #HarukiMurakami — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 5, 2024

It may surprise you that the primary lifetime threat to your child is his or her own anger. #GaryChapman

It may surprise you that the primary lifetime threat to your child is his or her own anger. #GaryChapman — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 5, 2024

Love of kindness, without a love to learn, finds itself obscured by foolishness. Love of knowledge, without a love to learn, finds itself obscured by loose speculation. Love of honesty, without a love to learn, finds itself obscured by harmful candour. #TheAnalects

Love of kindness, without a love to learn, finds itself obscured by foolishness. Love of knowledge, without a love to learn, finds itself obscured by loose speculation. Love of honesty, without a love to learn, finds itself obscured by harmful candour. #TheAnalects — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 5, 2024

It is dangerous just to assume that enough new jobs will appear to compensate for any losses. The fact that this has happened during previous waves of automation is absolutely no guarantee that it will happen again under the very different conditions #YuvalNoahHarari

It is dangerous just to assume that enough new jobs will appear to compensate for any losses. The fact that this has happened during previous waves of automation is absolutely no guarantee that it will happen again under the very different conditions #YuvalNoahHarari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 5, 2024

...looking at a piece of wood floating in water, Aristotle said that it had the property of 'levity' while a stone falling through air had the property of 'gravity'. He referred to the wood and the rock as if each was a separate and isolated object. #ErinMeyer

...looking at a piece of wood floating in water, Aristotle said that it had the property of 'levity' while a stone falling through air had the property of 'gravity'. He referred to the wood and the rock as if each was a separate and isolated object. #ErinMeyer — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 5, 2024

[People] want to end their stories on their own terms. This role is, observers argue, among life's most important, for both the dying and those left behind. And if it is, the way we deny people this role, out of obtuseness and neglect, is cause for everlasting shame. #AtulGawande

[People] want to end their stories on their own terms. This role is, observers argue, among life's most important, for both the dying and those left behind. And if it is, the way we deny people this role, out of obtuseness and neglect, is cause for everlasting shame. #AtulGawande — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 4, 2024

The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality. #GeorgeOrwell

The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality. #GeorgeOrwell — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 4, 2024

That I do not understand my own mind upsets me more than I can describe. #Meruem

That I do not understand my own mind upsets me more than I can describe. #Meruem — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 4, 2024

To me, great partnerships come from sharing common values and interests, having similar approaches to pursuing them, and being reasonable with, and having consideration for, each other. At the same time, partners must be willing to hold each other to high standards... #RayDalio

To me, great partnerships come from sharing common values and interests, having similar approaches to pursuing them, and being reasonable with, and having consideration for, each other. At the same time, partners must be willing to hold each other to high standards... #RayDalio — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 4, 2024

Imagined orders are not evil conspiracies or useless mirages. Rather, they are the only way large numbers of humans can cooperate effectively. #YuvalNoahHarari

Imagined orders are not evil conspiracies or useless mirages. Rather, they are the only way large numbers of humans can cooperate effectively. #YuvalNoahHarari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 4, 2024

The world cannot be understood without numbers. But the world cannot be understood with numbers alone. #HansRosling

The world cannot be understood without numbers. But the world cannot be understood with numbers alone. #HansRosling — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 3, 2024

If you choose not to live self-responsibly, you count on others to make up your default. No one abjures self-responsibility on a desert island. #NathanielBranden

If you choose not to live self-responsibly, you count on others to make up your default. No one abjures self-responsibility on a desert island. #NathanielBranden — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 3, 2024

You might not believe [the myth of true love] yourself, particularly if you are older than thirty; but many young people in the Western nations are raised on it, and it acts as an ideal that they unconsciously carry with them even if they scoff at it. #JonathanHaidt

You might not believe [the myth of true love] yourself, particularly if you are older than thirty; but many young people in the Western nations are raised on it, and it acts as an ideal that they unconsciously carry with them even if they scoff at it. #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 3, 2024

The question of whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the Universe has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed. #CharlesDarwin

The question of whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the Universe has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed. #CharlesDarwin — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 2, 2024

Nobody is ever made happy by winning the lottery, buying a house, getting a promotion or even finding true love. Peopleare made happy by one thing and one thing only--pleasant sensations in their bodies. #YuvalNoahHarari

Nobody is ever made happy by winning the lottery, buying a house, getting a promotion or even finding true love. Peopleare made happy by one thing and one thing only--pleasant sensations in their bodies. #YuvalNoahHarari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 2, 2024

...energy cost associated with food is not in the food itself (the 2,000 food calories a day per person) but in its production, transportation, distribution, and marketing through the supply chain from farms to stores to your house and ultimately to your mouth. #GeoffreyWest

...energy cost associated with food is not in the food itself (the 2,000 food calories a day per person) but in its production, transportation, distribution, and marketing through the supply chain from farms to stores to your house and ultimately to your mouth. #GeoffreyWest — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 2, 2024

Anger certainly seems to have an evolutionary basis. It serves a social purpose: displays of anger encourage others to change their behaviour and thus work to stop people transgressing societal rules that keep us cohabiting comfortably. #DerrenBrown

Anger certainly seems to have an evolutionary basis. It serves a social purpose: displays of anger encourage others to change their behaviour and thus work to stop people transgressing societal rules that keep us cohabiting comfortably. #DerrenBrown — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 2, 2024

Let's say your friend tells you to avoid the valley over the ridge because a large lion is hunting there. We probably descended from those who chose to believe their friend and not those who decided to go to the valley and check it out for themselves #StevenNovella

Let's say your friend tells you to avoid the valley over the ridge because a large lion is hunting there. We probably descended from those who chose to believe their friend and not those who decided to go to the valley and check it out for themselves #StevenNovella — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 1, 2024

Over the long run, however, the real reason you fail to stick with habits is that your self-image gets in the way. This is why you can't get too attached to one version of your identity. Progress requires unlearning. #JamesClear

Over the long run, however, the real reason you fail to stick with habits is that your self-image gets in the way. This is why you can't get too attached to one version of your identity. Progress requires unlearning. #JamesClear — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 1, 2024

To move forward with resolve, it is necessary to be organized--to be directed toward something singular and identifiable. #JordanPeterson

To move forward with resolve, it is necessary to be organized--to be directed toward something singular and identifiable. #JordanPeterson — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 1, 2024

Hunter-gatherers spent their time in more stimulating and varied ways, and were less in danger of starvation and disease. #YuvalNoahHarari

Hunter-gatherers spent their time in more stimulating and varied ways, and were less in danger of starvation and disease. #YuvalNoahHarari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 1, 2024

We shouldn't be afraid of atomic bombs and missiles. No matter what kind of war breaks out--conventional or thermonuclear--we'll win. As for China, if the imperialists unleash war on us, we may lose more than three hundred million people. So what? #MaoZedong

We shouldn't be afraid of atomic bombs and missiles. No matter what kind of war breaks out--conventional or thermonuclear--we'll win. As for China, if the imperialists unleash war on us, we may lose more than three hundred million people. So what? #MaoZedong — English Quotes (@english_quotes) May 1, 2024

When moral instruction triggers emotions, it speaks to the elephant as well as the rider. #JonathanHaidt

When moral instruction triggers emotions, it speaks to the elephant as well as the rider. #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Apr 30, 2024

By 1690, [John Banister] was reporting that the Indians of the Hudson Bay area had been successfully tempted by traders to want 'many things which they had not wanted before, because they never had them, but which by means of trade are now highly necessary to them' #AlaindeBotton

By 1690, [John Banister] was reporting that the Indians of the Hudson Bay area had been successfully tempted by traders to want 'many things which they had not wanted before, because they never had them, but which by means of trade are now highly necessary to them' #AlaindeBotton — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Apr 30, 2024

Capitalism won the Cold War because distributed data processing works better than centralised data processing, at least in periods of accelerating technological change. #YuvalNoahHarari

Capitalism won the Cold War because distributed data processing works better than centralised data processing, at least in periods of accelerating technological change. #YuvalNoahHarari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Apr 30, 2024

The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every animal is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of an immense world. #EdYong

The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every animal is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of an immense world. #EdYong — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Apr 30, 2024

From the sister of the Holy Roman Emperor: It is hard enough to marry a man... whom you do not know or love, and worse still to be required to leave home and kindred, and follow a stranger to the ends of the earth, without even being able to speak his language. #StephanieCoontz

From the sister of the Holy Roman Emperor: It is hard enough to marry a man... whom you do not know or love, and worse still to be required to leave home and kindred, and follow a stranger to the ends of the earth, without even being able to speak his language. #StephanieCoontz — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Apr 29, 2024

Mine is a very matter-of-fact approach to the problem. If you can select a population and they're educated and they're properly brought up, then you don't have to use too much of the stick because they would already have been trained. #LeeKuanYew

Mine is a very matter-of-fact approach to the problem. If you can select a population and they're educated and they're properly brought up, then you don't have to use too much of the stick because they would already have been trained. #LeeKuanYew — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Apr 29, 2024

...what precisely self-esteem is--and what specifically its attainment depends on--remain the great questions. #NathanielBranden

...what precisely self-esteem is--and what specifically its attainment depends on--remain the great questions. #NathanielBranden — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Apr 29, 2024

[In Perpetual Peace], the philosopher, Immanuel Kant, argued that perpetual peace would eventually come to the world in one of two ways, by human insight or by conflicts and catastrophes of a magnitude that left humanity no other choice. We are at such a juncture. #HenryKissinger

[In Perpetual Peace],