Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.” —

Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices...

Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview - nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty.

I'm tired of strumming on that old harp, the Ego, darling Me.

The earth is reaching the end of its tolerance for our presumptions.

Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.

People who never alter their opinions are like standing water and breed reptiles of the mind.

Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.

The shoddy work of despair, the pointless work of pride, equally betray Creation. They are wastes of life.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.

We have a choice in life. We can choose how we are going to behave. We can determine whether we reflect the good around us or lose ourselves in the darkness.

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

Judgment is the tragic expression of an unmet need.

Every time you're praised, there's a boot waiting for you.

The ego-shell in which we live is the hardest thing to outgrow.

A great gulf... has been opened between man's material advance and his social and moral progress, a gulf in which he may one day be lost if it is not closed or narrowed. Man has conquered outer space. He has not conquered himself.

The more one judges, the less one loves.

Things fall apart The centre cannot hold Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.

Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so. Almost everyone gets busy on the proof.

What is important is that one utilizes one’s intellect and not to be 100 percent sure about one’s convictions. One should always leave room for doubt.

The prescriptive voice rather makes me cringe.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

If the sun says it is more powerful than the moon, then let it come and shine at night.

As a young man I … combined all the weaknesses, errors and indiscretions of a country boy, whose range of vision and experience was influenced mainly by events in the area in which I grew up and the colleges to which I was sent. I relied on arrogance in order to hide my weaknesses.

Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that humans can never learn anything from history.

Why do people smear themselves with mud and then complain that they are dirty?

If we are blinded by darkness, we are also blinded by light. When too much light falls on everything, a special terror results.

We have to be suspicious of our own sense of righteousness.

The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection. No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it.

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

If you didn't grow up like I did then you don't know, and if you don't know it's probably better you don't judge.

He knows everything like those who know so little.

It often happens that just before an understanding of some matter, there is a stage of denial, or blindness, or deliberate not seeing, just as the sea withdraws from the sands before throwing forward the thundering wave.