So let's talk about Islam the way we talk about everything else.
I prefer to die standing than to live on my knees,
We have to go on until Islam is made as ho-hum as Catholicism.
When activists need a pretext to justify their violence, they always find it.
I would rather die standing than live kneeling
Our job isn't to defend freedom of speech, but without freedom of speech we are dead. We can't live in a country without freedom of speech. I prefer to die than live like a rat.
A drawing has never killed anyone.
There is always something taboo, something repressed, unadmitted, or just glimpsed quickly out of the corner of one's eye because a direct look is too unsettling. Taboos lie within taboos, like the skin of an onion.
Beyond positive and negative, what is Reality?
You can't get wet from the word 'water.'
Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done; it's just doing it. Alan W
A priest once quoted to me the Roman saying that a religion is dead when the priests laugh at each other across the altar. I always laugh at the altar, be it Christian, Hindu, or Buddhist, because real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.
To perceive that form reveals the void, and to see that the void reveals form, is the secret for the overcoming of death. To the extent that one is unaware of space, one is unaware of one's own eternity â€” it's the same thing!
Saints need sinners. Alan W
You don't need to try to be God, you are! But if you try to be God it means you don't know you are.
The greater part of human activity is designed to make permanent those experiences and joys which are only lovable because they are changing.
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.
There is a peculiar contradiction in trying to be a member of a republic while believing that the universe is a monarchy.
When a man no longer confuses himself with the definition of himself that others have given him, he is at once universal and unique. He is universal by virtue of the inseparability of his organism from the cosmos. He is unique in that he is just this organism and not any stereotype of role, class, o
We think that the world is limited and explained by its past. We tend to think that what happened in the past determines what is going to happen next, and we do not see that it is exactly the other way around! What is always the source of the world is the present; the past doesn't explain a thing. T
You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
Self-improvement is a dangerous form of vanity.
I find that the sensation of myself as an ego inside a bag of skin is really a hallucination.
Our educational system in its entirety does nothing to give us any kind of material competence. In other words, we don't learn how to cook, how to make clothes, how to build houses, how to make love, or to do any of the absolutely fundamental things of life.
The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple.
We know that from time to time there arise among human beings people who seem to exude love as naturally as the sun gives out heat.