"As a child I was taught that to tell the truth was often painful. As an adult I have learned that not to tell the truth is more painful, and that the fear of telling the truth — whatever the truth may be — that fear is the most painful sensation of a moral life."
"Don’t talk about “progress” in terms of longevity, safety, or comfort before comparing zoo animals to those in the wilderness."
"Listen to your being. It is continuously giving you hints; it is a still, small voice. It does not shout at you, that is true. And if you are a little silent you will start feeling your way. Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Risking all to be oneself, that’s what maturity is all about."
"After meditating for some years, I began to see the patterns of my own behavior. As you quiet your mind, you begin to see the nature of your own resistance more clearly, struggles, inner dialogues, the way in which you procrastinate and develop passive resistance against life. As you cultivate the witness, things change. You don’t have to change them. Things just change."
"There are economic means, and there are political means. There is persuasion … and there is force. There are civilized ways … and barbaric ones. The economist is a harmless crank as long as he is just peeping through the window. But when he undertakes to get people to do what he wants – either by offering them money that is not his own … by defrauding them with artificially low interest rates … or by printing up money that is not backed by something of real value (such as gold) … he has crossed over to the dark side. He has moved to political means to get what he wants. He has become a jackass."
"We have created a culture of fear and public hysteria, and as I’ve written before, this is a deliberate control mechanism. This makes it easy for “zero tolerance” to be used like a weapon by a vindictive person. When we have in place ridiculous policies that require no proof on the part of the accuser and the rationalization of ”well, we have a zero-tolerance policy, there’s nothing we can do,” we live in a dangerous society indeed."
"We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion."