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When reality becomes unbearable, the mind must withdraw from it and create a world of artificial perfection. Plato's world of pure Ideas and Forms, which alone is to be considered as real, whereas the world of nature which we perceive is merely its cheap Woolworth copy, is a flight into delusion.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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...the cosmology of a given age is not the result of unilinear, "scientific" development, but rather the most striking, imaginative symbol of its mentality- the projection of its conflicts, prejudice and specific ways of double-think onto the graceful sky.

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...in the course of the last century science has become so dizzy with its successes, that it has forgotten to ask the pertinent questions- or refused to ask them under the pretext that they are meaningless, and in any case not the scientists concern.

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...the self-assertive tendency is the dynamic expression of the holon's wholeness, the integrative tendency, the dynamic expression of its partness.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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Wherever we find orderly, stable systems in Nature, we find that they are hierarchically structured, for the simple reason that without such structuring of complex systems into sub-assemblies, there could be no order and stability- except the order of a dead universe filled with a uniformly distributed gas.

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...man has an irrepressible tendency to read meaning into the buzzing confusion of sights and sounds impinging on his senses; and where no agreed meaning can be found, he will provide it out of his own imagination.

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The integrative tendencies of the individual operate through the mechanisms of empathy, sympathy, projection, introjection, identification, worship- all of which make him feel that he is a part of some larger entity which transcends the boundaries of the individual self. This psychological urge to belong, to participate, to commune is as primary and real as its opposite. The all-important question is the nature of that higher entity of which the individual feels himself a part.

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Some tribes [of monkeys] have taken to washing potatoes in the river before eating them, others have not. Sometimes migrating groups of potato-washers meet non-washers, and the two groups watch each other's strange behavior with apparent bewilderment. But unlike the inhabitants of Lilliput, who fought holy crusades over the question at which end to break the egg, the potato-washing monkeys do not go to war with the non-washers, because the poor creatures have no language which would enable them to declare washing a diving commandment and eating unwashed potatoes a deadly heresy.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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...one of the tests of a theory is that, once grasped, it appears self-evident.

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Progress cannot be organized.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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The avowed aim of all utopian movements is to put an end to history and to establish a final and permanent calm.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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Historical knowledge is indispensable for those who want to build a better world.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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There is in the universe something for the description and analysis of which the natural sciences cannot contribute anything. There are events beyond the range of those events that the procedures of the natural sciences are fit to observe and describe. There is human action.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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The methods of the natural sciences cannot be applied to human behavior because this behavior...lacks the peculiarity that characterizes events in the field of the natural sciences, viz., regularity.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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Scientific research sooner or later, but inevitably, encounters something ultimately given that it cannot trace back to something else of which it would appear as the regular or necessary derivative. Scientific progress consists in pushing further back this ultimately given.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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The criterion of truth is that it works even if nobody is prepared to acknowledge it.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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[They say] "We do not know how this is, but we know that God can do it." You poor fools! God can make a cow out of a tree, but has He ever done so? Therefore show some reason why a thing is so, or cease to hold that it is so.

William Of Conches Quotes

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We believe at once in evil, we only believe in good upon reflection. Is this not sad?.

Madame Dorothé Deluzy Quotes

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The real death of America will come when everyone is alike.

James T. Ellison Quotes

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Labor is man's greatest function. He is nothing, he can do nothing, he can achieve nothing, he can fulfill nothing, without working.

Orville Dewey Quotes

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Take your work seriously, but never yourself.

Dame Margot Fonteyn Quotes

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Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.

Brendan Gill Quotes

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Quite often the social doctors become part of the disease.

Eric Hoffer Quotes

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The anointed don't like to talk about painful trade-offs. They like to talk about happy "solutions" that get rid of the whole problem- at least in their imagination.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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You can shoot the tiger, or stay out of his way, but you cannot pronounce him a vegetarian.

Richard Mitchell Quotes

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