Never judge someone’s character based on the words of another. Instead, study the motives behind the words of the person casting the bad judgment.
We are now forced to actively pursue our struggles. If we do not go out of our way to stretch our comfort zones and grow, no one nor nature will do it for us.
Corrupt citizens breed corrupt rulers, and it is the mob who finally decides when virtue shall die.
Nin knew how much humans loved money, riches, and material things-though he never really could understand why. The more technologically advanced the human species got, the more isolated they seemed to become, at the same time. It was alarming, how humans could spend entire lifetimes engaged in all kinds of activities, without getting any closer to knowing who they really were, inside.
Have you noticed how dogs sniff at one another when they meet? It seems to be their nature.
– Yes; it’s a funny habit.
– No, it’s not funny; you are wrong there. There’s nothing funny in nature, however funny it may seem to man. If dogs could reason and criticize us they’d be sure to find just as much that would be funny to them, if not far more, in the social relations of men, their masters -far more, I think. I am more convinced that there is far more foolishness among us.
You cannot impose a culture from the top–it must come from under. It grows out of the soil, out of the people, out of their daily life and work. It is a spontaneous expression of their joy of life, of their joy in work, and if this does not exist, the culture will not exist. Joy is a spiritual quality, an impalpable quality: that too cannot be forced. It must be an inevitable state of mind, born of the elementary processes of life, a by-product of natural human growth.
The success of any society must be judged by the life of its worst off. No other calculation will do.
If knowledge is lacking, your destruction is inevitable.
Modern society has perfected the art of making people not feel necessary.
the centre is missing, but we cannot stop searching for it or positing it. It is not that there is nothing there – it is that what is there is not capable of exercising responsibility