When asked what surprised him about humanity the most, the Dalai Lama replied:
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."
The Dalai Lama
”Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world - few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds - justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they can't go on. To really ask is to open the door to a whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.”
The Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice
“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all -- the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”
Randy Komisar, The Monk and the Riddle: The Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur
"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely."
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
“God is an infinite circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.”
Nicholas of Cusa
"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
“The idea that nothing matters is the root of both depression and happiness; but from different perspectives.”
“My company has had a safety program for 150 years. The program was instituted as a result of a French law requiring an explosives manufacturer to live on the premises with his family.”
Crawford Greewalt; former president of Dupont
“Safety is not a gadget, but a state of mind.”