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And if you happen to live in a country whose leader routinely says things like 'Their sacrifice will redeem the purity of our eternal nation'--know that you are in deep trouble. #YuvalNoahHarari

And if you happen to live in a country whose leader routinely says things like 'Their sacrifice will redeem the purity of our eternal nation'--know that you are in deep trouble. #YuvalNoahHarari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 25, 2024

...a culture of defensive self-censorship seemed to be emerging, partly in response to students who were quick to call out or shame others for small things that they deemed to be insensitive... We called this pattern vindictive protectiveness #JonathanHaidt

...a culture of defensive self-censorship seemed to be emerging, partly in response to students who were quick to call out or shame others for small things that they deemed to be insensitive... We called this pattern vindictive protectiveness #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 24, 2024

Courage is strength in the face of knowledge of what is to be feared or hoped. Wisdom is prudent strength. #AtulGawande

Courage is strength in the face of knowledge of what is to be feared or hoped. Wisdom is prudent strength. #AtulGawande — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 24, 2024

All these counterproductive ways of thinking about failure manifest themselves most acutely in the phenomenon of perfectionism. This is one of those traits that many people seem secretly, or not so secretly, proud to possess #OliverBurkeman

All these counterproductive ways of thinking about failure manifest themselves most acutely in the phenomenon of perfectionism. This is one of those traits that many people seem secretly, or not so secretly, proud to possess #OliverBurkeman — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 24, 2024

A general law of least effort applies to cognitive as well as physical exertion. The law asserts that if there are several ways of achieving the same goal, people will eventually gravitate to the least demanding course of action. #DanielKahneman

A general law of least effort applies to cognitive as well as physical exertion. The law asserts that if there are several ways of achieving the same goal, people will eventually gravitate to the least demanding course of action. #DanielKahneman — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 24, 2024

Worldly success is the consolation prize for those unhappy driven souls who have redirected their early humiliation and sense that they weren't good enough into 'achievements'--which will never make up for the unconditional love they will deep down always crave #TheSchoolOfLife

Worldly success is the consolation prize for those unhappy driven souls who have redirected their early humiliation and sense that they weren't good enough into 'achievements'--which will never make up for the unconditional love they will deep down always crave #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 23, 2024

We need a kind of thinking that enables groups with conflicting moralities to live together and prosper. In other words, we need a metamorality. #JoshuaGreene

We need a kind of thinking that enables groups with conflicting moralities to live together and prosper. In other words, we need a metamorality. #JoshuaGreene — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 23, 2024

A study of people who exaggerate their expected life span beyond actuarial predictions showed that they work longer hours, are more optimistic about their future income, are more likely to remarry after divorce (the classic triumph of hope over experience) #DanielKahneman

A study of people who exaggerate their expected life span beyond actuarial predictions showed that they work longer hours, are more optimistic about their future income, are more likely to remarry after divorce (the classic triumph of hope over experience) #DanielKahneman — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 23, 2024

Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. #HarukiMurakami

Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. #HarukiMurakami — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 23, 2024

Deep inside, she knew who she was, and that person was smart and kind and often even funny, but somehow her personality always got lost somewhere between her heart and her mouth, and she found herself saying the wrong thing or, more often, nothing at all. #JuliaQuinn

Deep inside, she knew who she was, and that person was smart and kind and often even funny, but somehow her personality always got lost somewhere between her heart and her mouth, and she found herself saying the wrong thing or, more often, nothing at all. #JuliaQuinn — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 23, 2024

I believe the Scottish philosopher David Hume was closer to the truth than was Plato when he said, Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them. #JonathanHaidt

I believe the Scottish philosopher David Hume was closer to the truth than was Plato when he said, Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them. #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 23, 2024

Let me fall if I must fall. The one I become will catch me. #SherylSandberg

Let me fall if I must fall. The one I become will catch me. #SherylSandberg — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 22, 2024

Never really either private or public, the modern self establishes its value through processes that are at once psychological and sociological, private and public, emotional and ritualistic. #EvaIllouz

Never really either private or public, the modern self establishes its value through processes that are at once psychological and sociological, private and public, emotional and ritualistic. #EvaIllouz — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 22, 2024

During the twentieth century, as people became wealthier and the producer society turned gradually into the mass consumption society, an alternative vision of the self arose--a vision centered on the idea of individual preferences and personal fulfillment. #JonathanHaidt

During the twentieth century, as people became wealthier and the producer society turned gradually into the mass consumption society, an alternative vision of the self arose--a vision centered on the idea of individual preferences and personal fulfillment. #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 22, 2024

Tears wet my eyes. I'm a surgeon. I like solving things. But how do I solve #AtulGawande

Tears wet my eyes. I'm a surgeon. I like solving things. But how do I solve #AtulGawande — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 22, 2024

Due to this dualist legacy, every journey on which we doubt the conventions and deals of the mundane world and walk towards an unknown destination is called 'a spiritual journey'. #YuvalNoahHarari

Due to this dualist legacy, every journey on which we doubt the conventions and deals of the mundane world and walk towards an unknown destination is called 'a spiritual journey'. #YuvalNoahHarari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 21, 2024

If the genie is the ultimate Scientist, the golem is the ultimate Zealot--a giant that's totally certain of itself, totally unable to learn or change its mind, and worse at thinking than the average human. #TimUrban

If the genie is the ultimate Scientist, the golem is the ultimate Zealot--a giant that's totally certain of itself, totally unable to learn or change its mind, and worse at thinking than the average human. #TimUrban — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 21, 2024

[Notes on Nationalism] A known fact may be so unbearable that it is habitually pushed aside and not allowed to enter into logical processes, or on the other hand it may enter into every calculation and yet never be admitted as a fact, even in one's own mind. #GeorgeOrwell

[Notes on Nationalism] A known fact may be so unbearable that it is habitually pushed aside and not allowed to enter into logical processes, or on the other hand it may enter into every calculation and yet never be admitted as a fact, even in one's own mind. #GeorgeOrwell — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 21, 2024

In a society that judges self-worth on productivity, it is no wonder we fall prey to the misconception that the more we do, the more we're worth. #EllenSueStern

In a society that judges self-worth on productivity, it is no wonder we fall prey to the misconception that the more we do, the more we're worth. #EllenSueStern — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 21, 2024

American Express employees were told in mandatory trainings to create an identity map by writing their race, sexual orientation, body type, religion, disability status, age, gender identity, citizenship in circles surrounding the words Who am I? #TimUrban

American Express employees were told in mandatory trainings to create an identity map by writing their race, sexual orientation, body type, religion, disability status, age, gender identity, citizenship in circles surrounding the words Who am I? #TimUrban — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 20, 2024

We tend to confuse [intelligence and consciousness] because in humans and other mammals intelligence goes hand in hand with consciousness. Mammals solve most problems by feeling things. Computers, however, solve problems in a very different way. #YuvalNoahHarari

We tend to confuse [intelligence and consciousness] because in humans and other mammals intelligence goes hand in hand with consciousness. Mammals solve most problems by feeling things. Computers, however, solve problems in a very different way. #YuvalNoahHarari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 20, 2024

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. #JamesClear

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. #JamesClear — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 20, 2024

Reasoning is a social process, and we typically have to convince disinterested third parties before there's any chance our opponents will accept defeat. #KevinSimler

Reasoning is a social process, and we typically have to convince disinterested third parties before there's any chance our opponents will accept defeat. #KevinSimler — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 20, 2024

So active fathers, male-female pair-bonds, male sexual jealousy, and big-headed babies all co-evolved--that is, arose gradually but together. #JonathanHaidt

So active fathers, male-female pair-bonds, male sexual jealousy, and big-headed babies all co-evolved--that is, arose gradually but together. #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 19, 2024

Defend yourself when necessary with gentle confidence, never with glee or satisfaction. For when the battle is over and you survey the damage done, it will be a time for mourning. #WilliamMartin

Defend yourself when necessary with gentle confidence, never with glee or satisfaction. For when the battle is over and you survey the damage done, it will be a time for mourning. #WilliamMartin — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 19, 2024

...all biological accounts of the evolution of cooperation with non-kin involve favoring one's cooperation partners over others. Indeed, some mathematical models indicate that altruism within groups could not have evolved without hostility between groups. #JoshuaGreene

...all biological accounts of the evolution of cooperation with non-kin involve favoring one's cooperation partners over others. Indeed, some mathematical models indicate that altruism within groups could not have evolved without hostility between groups. #JoshuaGreene — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 19, 2024

The higher the level of our self-esteem, the more likely it is that we will find a work and a love through which we can express ourselves in satisfying and enriching ways #NathanielBranden

The higher the level of our self-esteem, the more likely it is that we will find a work and a love through which we can express ourselves in satisfying and enriching ways #NathanielBranden — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 19, 2024

Your eyes show the strength of your soul. #PauloCoelho

Your eyes show the strength of your soul. #PauloCoelho — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 19, 2024

They use data as a flashlight, not a hammer. This ethic of contribution (Everybody gives) and this ethic of total collaboration (We're all responsible) is central to community work at its highest level. #DavidBrooks

They use data as a flashlight, not a hammer. This ethic of contribution (Everybody gives) and this ethic of total collaboration (We're all responsible) is central to community work at its highest level. #DavidBrooks — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 19, 2024

The person who cannot tolerate secrets, who in the name of 'being honest' always has to share information so wounding it cannot be forgotten, is no friend of love. #TheSchoolOfLife

The person who cannot tolerate secrets, who in the name of 'being honest' always has to share information so wounding it cannot be forgotten, is no friend of love. #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 18, 2024

If you can't actually take time off without having to make sure everything is going right at the office, the thinking goes, you aren't managing your teams well. #JeffSutherland

If you can't actually take time off without having to make sure everything is going right at the office, the thinking goes, you aren't managing your teams well. #JeffSutherland — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 18, 2024

Grossly expanded conceptions of trauma and safety are now used to justify the overprotection of children of all ages #JonathanHaidt

Grossly expanded conceptions of trauma and safety are now used to justify the overprotection of children of all ages #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 18, 2024

Missing a train is only painful if you run after it! Likewise, not matching the idea of success others expect from you is only painful if that's what you are seeking #NassimNicholasTaleb

Missing a train is only painful if you run after it! Likewise, not matching the idea of success others expect from you is only painful if that's what you are seeking #NassimNicholasTaleb — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 18, 2024

As we mature we realize that not all adults agree with each other, so some of them must be wrong. We become more sophisticated in our choice of authority figures, but we still tend to rely on others to know what to think--on experts [...] or just common knowledge. #StevenNovella

As we mature we realize that not all adults agree with each other, so some of them must be wrong. We become more sophisticated in our choice of authority figures, but we still tend to rely on others to know what to think--on experts [...] or just common knowledge. #StevenNovella — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 17, 2024

As long as people's starting points are asymmetrical, people will be tempted, unconsciously if not consciously, to tailor their conceptions of fairness to suit their interests. #JoshuaGreene

As long as people's starting points are asymmetrical, people will be tempted, unconsciously if not consciously, to tailor their conceptions of fairness to suit their interests. #JoshuaGreene — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 17, 2024

Psychologists usually offer three explanations for the failure of group brainstorming. The first is social loafing: in a group, some individuals tend to sit back and let others do the work. #SusanCain

Psychologists usually offer three explanations for the failure of group brainstorming. The first is social loafing: in a group, some individuals tend to sit back and let others do the work. #SusanCain — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 17, 2024

...enigmas drew me into new territories, including the nature of rumor, folk wisdom, and conspiratorial thinking; the contrast between rationality within an individual and in a community; and the distinction between two modes of believing: the reality mindset and the mythology...

...enigmas drew me into new territories, including the nature of rumor, folk wisdom, and conspiratorial thinking; the contrast between rationality within an individual and in a community; and the distinction between two modes of believing: the reality mindset and the mythology... — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 16, 2024

We (sea folk) can live to be three hundred years old, but when we perish we turn into mere foam on the sea. #HansChristianAndersen

We (sea folk) can live to be three hundred years old, but when we perish we turn into mere foam on the sea. #HansChristianAndersen — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 16, 2024

The ancients may have known little about biology, chemistry, and physics, but many were good psychologists. #JonathanHaidt

The ancients may have known little about biology, chemistry, and physics, but many were good psychologists. #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 16, 2024

This increasingly rapid rate of change induces serious stress on all facets of urban life. This is surely not sustainable, and, if nothing changes, we are heading for a major crash and a potential collapse of the entire socioeconomic fabric. #GeoffreyWest

This increasingly rapid rate of change induces serious stress on all facets of urban life. This is surely not sustainable, and, if nothing changes, we are heading for a major crash and a potential collapse of the entire socioeconomic fabric. #GeoffreyWest — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 16, 2024

Still, when you get to a certain age, and have created your own lifestyle and social standing, and only then start having grave doubts about your value as a human being... #HarukiMurakami

Still, when you get to a certain age, and have created your own lifestyle and social standing, and only then start having grave doubts about your value as a human being... #HarukiMurakami — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 16, 2024

Being chosen by the one you chose is one of the glories of falling in love. It generates a feeling of intense personal importance. I matter. You confirm my significance. #EstherPerel

Being chosen by the one you chose is one of the glories of falling in love. It generates a feeling of intense personal importance. I matter. You confirm my significance. #EstherPerel — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 16, 2024

[On the footbridge dilemma] If you don't feel that it's wrong to push the man off the footbridge, there's something wrong with you. I, too, feel that it's wrong, and I doubt that I could actually bring myself to push, and I'm glad that I'm like this. #JoshuaGreene

[On the footbridge dilemma] If you don't feel that it's wrong to push the man off the footbridge, there's something wrong with you. I, too, feel that it's wrong, and I doubt that I could actually bring myself to push, and I'm glad that I'm like this. #JoshuaGreene — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 15, 2024

'Reason' and 'rationalism' had led men to do the most unreasonable and irrational things. It had been just another system used by men to control other men. Belief in the autonomy of man had been destroyed by men. #DouglasMurray

'Reason' and 'rationalism' had led men to do the most unreasonable and irrational things. It had been just another system used by men to control other men. Belief in the autonomy of man had been destroyed by men. #DouglasMurray — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 15, 2024

While some people said they were getting married for love, the pressure to get married and start a family was such that not every match could be a love match, so instead we had the good enough marriage. #AzizAnsari

While some people said they were getting married for love, the pressure to get married and start a family was such that not every match could be a love match, so instead we had the good enough marriage. #AzizAnsari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 15, 2024

...by creating associations that exist out in the broader culture--not just in our own heads, but in the heads of third parties--ads turn products into a vocabulary that we use to express ourselves and signal our good traits. #KevinSimler

...by creating associations that exist out in the broader culture--not just in our own heads, but in the heads of third parties--ads turn products into a vocabulary that we use to express ourselves and signal our good traits. #KevinSimler — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 15, 2024

The dean seemed to believe that if students talked about their suffering, it would harm their friends. It is an illustration of the Untruth of Fragility (What doesn't kill you makes you weaker) trumping common sense and basic humanity. #JonathanHaidt

The dean seemed to believe that if students talked about their suffering, it would harm their friends. It is an illustration of the Untruth of Fragility (What doesn't kill you makes you weaker) trumping common sense and basic humanity. #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 14, 2024

The lesson is clear: neither science nor data are democratic. Science is meritocratic and not all data are equal. #GeoffreyWest

The lesson is clear: neither science nor data are democratic. Science is meritocratic and not all data are equal. #GeoffreyWest — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 14, 2024

There was no need to save up for a spot in a nursing home or arrange for meals-on-wheels. It was understood that parents [in India] would just keep living in their home, assisted by one or more of the children they'd raised. #AtulGawande

There was no need to save up for a spot in a nursing home or arrange for meals-on-wheels. It was understood that parents [in India] would just keep living in their home, assisted by one or more of the children they'd raised. #AtulGawande — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 14, 2024

The greater part of our anxieties stems from an exaggerated sense of the importance of our own projects and concerns. We are tortured by our ideals and by a punishingly high-minded sense of the gravity of what we are doing. #AlaindeBotton

The greater part of our anxieties stems from an exaggerated sense of the importance of our own projects and concerns. We are tortured by our ideals and by a punishingly high-minded sense of the gravity of what we are doing. #AlaindeBotton — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 14, 2024

Very often, the fear of total permanent war paralyzes the kind of morally oriented politics, which might engage our interests and our passions. #CWrightMills

Very often, the fear of total permanent war paralyzes the kind of morally oriented politics, which might engage our interests and our passions. #CWrightMills — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 14, 2024

Where once there was an overriding explanation (however many troubles that brought), now there is only an overriding uncertainty and question. And we cannot unlearn our knowledge. #DouglasMurray

Where once there was an overriding explanation (however many troubles that brought), now there is only an overriding uncertainty and question. And we cannot unlearn our knowledge. #DouglasMurray — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 13, 2024

There is strife on the new pastures not because herders are hopelessly selfish, immoral, or amoral, but because they cannot step outside their respective moral perspectives. #JoshuaGreene

There is strife on the new pastures not because herders are hopelessly selfish, immoral, or amoral, but because they cannot step outside their respective moral perspectives. #JoshuaGreene — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 13, 2024

It is not clear that married people are, on average, happier than those who never married, because unhappily married people are the least happy group of all and they pull down the average. #JonathanHaidt

It is not clear that married people are, on average, happier than those who never married, because unhappily married people are the least happy group of all and they pull down the average. #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 13, 2024

Politics always puts forward Ideas: Nation, Empire, Union, Economy, etc. But none of these forms has value in itself; it has it only insofar as it involves concrete individuals. #SimonedeBeauvoir

Politics always puts forward Ideas: Nation, Empire, Union, Economy, etc. But none of these forms has value in itself; it has it only insofar as it involves concrete individuals. #SimonedeBeauvoir — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 13, 2024

Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. #RobertStevenson

Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. #RobertStevenson — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 12, 2024

When they talk among themselves, advertising people have been admitting since the 1920s that their job is to make people feel inadequate--and then offer their product as the solution to the sense of inadequacy they have created. #JohannHari

When they talk among themselves, advertising people have been admitting since the 1920s that their job is to make people feel inadequate--and then offer their product as the solution to the sense of inadequacy they have created. #JohannHari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 12, 2024

Outrages cannot become public without media coverage. #StevenPinker

Outrages cannot become public without media coverage. #StevenPinker — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 12, 2024

Confucius identified five central virtues that make us good: compassion (ren), ritual propriety (li), justice (yi), knowledge (zhi) and integrity (xin). Crucially, Confucius felt that these five had to be worked on over a whole lifetime. #TheSchoolOfLife

Confucius identified five central virtues that make us good: compassion (ren), ritual propriety (li), justice (yi), knowledge (zhi) and integrity (xin). Crucially, Confucius felt that these five had to be worked on over a whole lifetime. #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 12, 2024

Psychologically speaking (I'll only wheel out the amateur psychology just this once, so bear with me), encounters that call up strong physical disgust or revulsion are often in fact projections of our own faults and weaknesses. #HarukiMurakami

Psychologically speaking (I'll only wheel out the amateur psychology just this once, so bear with me), encounters that call up strong physical disgust or revulsion are often in fact projections of our own faults and weaknesses. #HarukiMurakami — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 12, 2024

We mostly encounter the edited versions of other people. While we are continually exposed to the unedited version of ourselves. The unfair comparison means we inevitably feel much weirder than we really are. #TheSchoolOfLife

We mostly encounter the edited versions of other people. While we are continually exposed to the unedited version of ourselves. The unfair comparison means we inevitably feel much weirder than we really are. #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 11, 2024

Genes cannot make you successful if you're not doing the work. #JamesClear

Genes cannot make you successful if you're not doing the work. #JamesClear — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 11, 2024

The idea that the future is unpredictable is undermined every day by the ease with which the past is explained. #DanielKahneman

The idea that the future is unpredictable is undermined every day by the ease with which the past is explained. #DanielKahneman — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 11, 2024

Though [People] may seem strong, though their attacks can place them in an apparently dominant role, their ill intentions are all the proof we require to know as a certainty that they are not well. Contented people have no need to hurt others. #AlaindeBotton

Though [People] may seem strong, though their attacks can place them in an apparently dominant role, their ill intentions are all the proof we require to know as a certainty that they are not well. Contented people have no need to hurt others. #AlaindeBotton — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 11, 2024

But for most trees, height is all about getting more sun. A forest is an intensely competitive place, and sunlight is a scarce but critical resource. And even when you're a redwood, the tallest of all tree species, you still have to worry about getting enough sun... #KevinSimler

But for most trees, height is all about getting more sun. A forest is an intensely competitive place, and sunlight is a scarce but critical resource. And even when you're a redwood, the tallest of all tree species, you still have to worry about getting enough sun... #KevinSimler — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 11, 2024

The essence of a norm [...] lies not in the words we use to describe it, but in which behaviors get punished and what form the punishment takes. #KevinSimler

The essence of a norm [...] lies not in the words we use to describe it, but in which behaviors get punished and what form the punishment takes. #KevinSimler — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 10, 2024

...a plan to spend a huge portion of your wealth during the last few weeks of life makes no sense. It's totally irrational. #BillPerkins

...a plan to spend a huge portion of your wealth during the last few weeks of life makes no sense. It's totally irrational. #BillPerkins — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 10, 2024

...we all seek a cause beyond ourselves. This was, to him, an intrinsic human need. The cause could be large (family, country, principle) or small (a building project, the care of a pet). The important thing was that [...] we give our lives meaning. #AtulGawande

...we all seek a cause beyond ourselves. This was, to him, an intrinsic human need. The cause could be large (family, country, principle) or small (a building project, the care of a pet). The important thing was that [...] we give our lives meaning. #AtulGawande — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 10, 2024

[Children] lay down a foundation of stories in which goals are achieved, hurts healed, peace is restored, and the world is understood #DavidBrooks

[Children] lay down a foundation of stories in which goals are achieved, hurts healed, peace is restored, and the world is understood #DavidBrooks — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 9, 2024

Quality time does not mean we must spend our moments gazing into each other's eyes. It may mean doing something together that we both enjoy... creating the sense of togetherness. The important thing is not the activity itself but the emotions that are created #GaryChapman

Quality time does not mean we must spend our moments gazing into each other's eyes. It may mean doing something together that we both enjoy... creating the sense of togetherness. The important thing is not the activity itself but the emotions that are created #GaryChapman — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 9, 2024

I do not know. So I do not laugh at people who believe in God. But I do not necessarily believe in God--nor deny that there could be one. #LeeKuanYew

I do not know. So I do not laugh at people who believe in God. But I do not necessarily believe in God--nor deny that there could be one. #LeeKuanYew — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 9, 2024

Those exertions of the natural liberty of a few individuals, which might endanger the security of the whole society, are, and ought to be, restrained by the laws of all governments; of the most free, as well as the most despotical. #AdamSmith

Those exertions of the natural liberty of a few individuals, which might endanger the security of the whole society, are, and ought to be, restrained by the laws of all governments; of the most free, as well as the most despotical. #AdamSmith — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 9, 2024

In the minds of the illiterate peasants, who did not speak Latin, Hoc est corpus! got garbled into Hocus-pocus! Thus was born the powerful spell that can transform a frog into a prince and a pumpkin into a carriage. #YuvalNoahHarari

In the minds of the illiterate peasants, who did not speak Latin, Hoc est corpus! got garbled into Hocus-pocus! Thus was born the powerful spell that can transform a frog into a prince and a pumpkin into a carriage. #YuvalNoahHarari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 8, 2024

Rather, a woman is regarded as owing her human capacities to particular people, often men or his children within heterosexual relationships that also uphold white supremacy, and who are in turn deemed entitled to her services. #KateManne

Rather, a woman is regarded as owing her human capacities to particular people, often men or his children within heterosexual relationships that also uphold white supremacy, and who are in turn deemed entitled to her services. #KateManne — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 8, 2024

But like all excellent, fulfilling and meaningful relationships, it has also occasionally been frustrating and challenging. #GeoffreyWest

But like all excellent, fulfilling and meaningful relationships, it has also occasionally been frustrating and challenging. #GeoffreyWest — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 8, 2024

Common sense is not a single unique conception, identical in time and space. It is the folklore of philosophy, and, like folklore, it takes countless different forms. #AntonioGramsci

Common sense is not a single unique conception, identical in time and space. It is the folklore of philosophy, and, like folklore, it takes countless different forms. #AntonioGramsci — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 8, 2024

In the United States and other Anglo-Saxon cultures, people are trained (mostly subconsciously) to communicate as literally and explicitly as possible. Good communication is all about clarity and explicitness... If you don't understand, it's my fault. #ErinMeyer

In the United States and other Anglo-Saxon cultures, people are trained (mostly subconsciously) to communicate as literally and explicitly as possible. Good communication is all about clarity and explicitness... If you don't understand, it's my fault. #ErinMeyer — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 8, 2024

Human relationships, Winnicott was saying, can look quite bad and yet we're actually doing OK, considering the norm. This is a useful attitude to bring to our loves, for they too are unlikely to be perfect. But they are likely to be [...] acceptably 'good enough' #TheSchoolOfLife

Human relationships, Winnicott was saying, can look quite bad and yet we're actually doing OK, considering the norm. This is a useful attitude to bring to our loves, for they too are unlikely to be perfect. But they are likely to be [...] acceptably 'good enough' #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 8, 2024

The things that lead us astray are short term--lust, fear, vanity, gluttony. The things we call character endure over the long term--courage, honesty, humility. #DavidBrooks

The things that lead us astray are short term--lust, fear, vanity, gluttony. The things we call character endure over the long term--courage, honesty, humility. #DavidBrooks — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 7, 2024

Solidarity engenders trust, teamwork, and mutual aid. But it can also foster groupthink, orthodoxy, and a paralyzing fear of challenging the collective. Solidarity can interfere with a group's efforts to find the truth #JonathanHaidt

Solidarity engenders trust, teamwork, and mutual aid. But it can also foster groupthink, orthodoxy, and a paralyzing fear of challenging the collective. Solidarity can interfere with a group's efforts to find the truth #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 7, 2024

Polygamy means that the wealthiest men take two or three wives, leaving even fewer women available for the poor. #NicholasDKristof

Polygamy means that the wealthiest men take two or three wives, leaving even fewer women available for the poor. #NicholasDKristof — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 7, 2024

Falling in love is like that. You can't control your feelings, & it's like some outrageous power is manipulating you. What you're going through is nothing abnormal. You've just fallen deeply in love with a woman, & you don't want to lose her. #HarukiMurakami

Falling in love is like that. You can't control your feelings, & it's like some outrageous power is manipulating you. What you're going through is nothing abnormal. You've just fallen deeply in love with a woman, & you don't want to lose her. #HarukiMurakami — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 7, 2024

What we in the modern world need, then, is something like morality but one level up. #JoshuaGreene

What we in the modern world need, then, is something like morality but one level up. #JoshuaGreene — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 6, 2024

There is an art to being ill and to be daring, at last, to listen to what our pain is trying to tell us. #TheSchoolOfLife

There is an art to being ill and to be daring, at last, to listen to what our pain is trying to tell us. #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 6, 2024

Without habit loops, our brains would shut down, overwhelmed by the minutiae of daily life. #CharlesDuhigg

Without habit loops, our brains would shut down, overwhelmed by the minutiae of daily life. #CharlesDuhigg — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 6, 2024

Death wakes people up, and the closer it gets, the more awake and aware we become. When the end is near, we suddenly start thinking, What the hell am I doing? Why did I wait this long? Until then, most of us go through life as if we had all the time in the world. #BillPerkins

Death wakes people up, and the closer it gets, the more awake and aware we become. When the end is near, we suddenly start thinking, What the hell am I doing? Why did I wait this long? Until then, most of us go through life as if we had all the time in the world. #BillPerkins — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 6, 2024

Secular people cherish freedom, and refrain from investing supreme authority in any text, institution or leader as the ultimate judge of what's true and what's right. #YuvalNoahHarari

Secular people cherish freedom, and refrain from investing supreme authority in any text, institution or leader as the ultimate judge of what's true and what's right. #YuvalNoahHarari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 6, 2024

Voluntary economic transactions--whether between employer and employee, tenant and landlord, or international trade--would not continue to take place unless both parties were better off making these transactions than not making them. #ThomasSowell

Voluntary economic transactions--whether between employer and employee, tenant and landlord, or international trade--would not continue to take place unless both parties were better off making these transactions than not making them. #ThomasSowell — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 5, 2024

Compared to most other animals, every human is a certifiable genius--but that fact does little to help us in competitions within our own species. #RobinHanson

Compared to most other animals, every human is a certifiable genius--but that fact does little to help us in competitions within our own species. #RobinHanson — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 5, 2024

The terror of sickness and old age is not merely the terror of the losses one is forced to endure but also the terror of the isolation. #AtulGawande

The terror of sickness and old age is not merely the terror of the losses one is forced to endure but also the terror of the isolation. #AtulGawande — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 5, 2024

When our passive feelings are almost always so sordid and so selfish, how comes it that our active principles should often be so generous and so noble? #AdamSmith

When our passive feelings are almost always so sordid and so selfish, how comes it that our active principles should often be so generous and so noble? #AdamSmith — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 5, 2024

Because information is so accessible and communication instantaneous, there is a diminution of focus on its significance, or even on the definition of what is significant. #HenryKissinger

Because information is so accessible and communication instantaneous, there is a diminution of focus on its significance, or even on the definition of what is significant. #HenryKissinger — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 5, 2024

Solitary though we may have become, we haven't of course given up all hope of forming relationships. In the lonely canyons of the modern city, there is no more honoured emotion than love. #AlaindeBotton

Solitary though we may have become, we haven't of course given up all hope of forming relationships. In the lonely canyons of the modern city, there is no more honoured emotion than love. #AlaindeBotton — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 5, 2024

In meditation, you are supposed to closely observe your mind and body, witness the ceaseless arising and passing of all your feelings, and realise how pointless it is to pursue them. When the pursuit stops, the mind becomes very relaxed, clear and satisfied. #YuvalNoahHarari

In meditation, you are supposed to closely observe your mind and body, witness the ceaseless arising and passing of all your feelings, and realise how pointless it is to pursue them. When the pursuit stops, the mind becomes very relaxed, clear and satisfied. #YuvalNoahHarari — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 4, 2024

And it isn't hard to work out why a generation who believe they may never own a home could be attracted to an ideological world view which promises to sort out every inequity not just in their own lives but every inequity on earth. #DouglasMurray

And it isn't hard to work out why a generation who believe they may never own a home could be attracted to an ideological world view which promises to sort out every inequity not just in their own lives but every inequity on earth. #DouglasMurray — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 4, 2024

The most striking irony of the age of white guilt is that racism suddenly became valuable to the people who had suffered it. #ShelbySteele

The most striking irony of the age of white guilt is that racism suddenly became valuable to the people who had suffered it. #ShelbySteele — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 4, 2024

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. #Voltaire

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. #Voltaire — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 4, 2024

The notion of ambiguity must not be confused with that of absurdity. To declare that existence is absurd is to deny that it can ever be given a meaning; so to say it is ambiguous is to assert that it's meaning is never fixed, that it must be constantly won. #SimonedeBeauvoir

The notion of ambiguity must not be confused with that of absurdity. To declare that existence is absurd is to deny that it can ever be given a meaning; so to say it is ambiguous is to assert that it's meaning is never fixed, that it must be constantly won. #SimonedeBeauvoir — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 4, 2024

...the energies of the rulers will be exhausted in maintaining their dominance at the expense of their ability to shape the future, which is the ultimate task of statesmanship. Empires persist if repression gives way to consensus. #HenryKissinger

...the energies of the rulers will be exhausted in maintaining their dominance at the expense of their ability to shape the future, which is the ultimate task of statesmanship. Empires persist if repression gives way to consensus. #HenryKissinger — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 3, 2024

The American democracy simply could not move forward after the civil rights era without adding to its great democratic principles an explicit social morality based on the insight that racism is immoral. #ShelbySteele

The American democracy simply could not move forward after the civil rights era without adding to its great democratic principles an explicit social morality based on the insight that racism is immoral. #ShelbySteele — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 3, 2024

Mao single-handedly and dramatically changed the direction of global poverty with one simple act: he died. #StevenPinker

Mao single-handedly and dramatically changed the direction of global poverty with one simple act: he died. #StevenPinker — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 3, 2024

Leo Tolstoy wrote: One can live magnificently in this world, if one knows how to work and how to love, to work for the person one loves and to love one's work. #JonathanHaidt

Leo Tolstoy wrote: One can live magnificently in this world, if one knows how to work and how to love, to work for the person one loves and to love one's work. #JonathanHaidt — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 3, 2024

The elevation of parochial values to the realm of the sacred is a license to dismiss other people's interests, and an imperative to reject the possibility of compromise. #StevenPinker

The elevation of parochial values to the realm of the sacred is a license to dismiss other people's interests, and an imperative to reject the possibility of compromise. #StevenPinker — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 3, 2024

May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers. #ThichNhatHanh

May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers. #ThichNhatHanh — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 2, 2024

Since happiness is defined in terms of positive feelings and personal gains, striving for happiness requires competition and therefore may damage people's social connections and increase both their sense of loneliness and detachment from others. #EvaIllouz

Since happiness is defined in terms of positive feelings and personal gains, striving for happiness requires competition and therefore may damage people's social connections and increase both their sense of loneliness and detachment from others. #EvaIllouz — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 2, 2024

Those who are especially good at arguing in life may fail to appreciate a key distinction in relationships: we can either be right, or we can love. Successful lovers know how much they may need to 'lose' in arguments in order to win at love. #TheSchoolOfLife

Those who are especially good at arguing in life may fail to appreciate a key distinction in relationships: we can either be right, or we can love. Successful lovers know how much they may need to 'lose' in arguments in order to win at love. #TheSchoolOfLife — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 2, 2024

All the pride and pleasure of the world, mirrored in the dull consciousness of a fool, are poor indeed compared with the imagination of Cervantes writing his Don Quixote in a miserable prison. #Schopenhauer

All the pride and pleasure of the world, mirrored in the dull consciousness of a fool, are poor indeed compared with the imagination of Cervantes writing his Don Quixote in a miserable prison. #Schopenhauer — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 2, 2024

When the poor countries protest that those [free trade] policies hurt, those protests are dismissed as being intellectually misguided or as serving the interests of their corrupt leaders. #HaJoonChang

When the poor countries protest that those [free trade] policies hurt, those protests are dismissed as being intellectually misguided or as serving the interests of their corrupt leaders. #HaJoonChang — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 2, 2024

People are scared of the dark because they don't know what's there. As soon as they put the light on, they can see and feel safe. We are all scared of dying, because we are afraid of the unknown. To ease our fear of the dark, we invent explanations for the afterlife... #PaulArden

People are scared of the dark because they don't know what's there. As soon as they put the light on, they can see and feel safe. We are all scared of dying, because we are afraid of the unknown. To ease our fear of the dark, we invent explanations for the afterlife... #PaulArden — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 1, 2024

Ours is a time of uneasiness and indifference--not yet formulated in such ways as to permit the work of reason and the play of sensibility. Instead of troubles--defined in terms of values and threats--there is often the misery of vague uneasiness #CWrightMills

Ours is a time of uneasiness and indifference--not yet formulated in such ways as to permit the work of reason and the play of sensibility. Instead of troubles--defined in terms of values and threats--there is often the misery of vague uneasiness #CWrightMills — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 1, 2024

The higher our self-esteem, the more likely we are to be creative in our work, which means the more successful we are likely to be. #NathanielBranden

The higher our self-esteem, the more likely we are to be creative in our work, which means the more successful we are likely to be. #NathanielBranden — English Quotes (@english_quotes) Jun 1, 2024