The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.
All I ask is this: Do something. Try something. Speaking out, showing up, writing a letter, a check, a strongly worded e-mail. Pick a cause – there are few unworthy ones. And nudge yourself past the brink of tacit support to action. Once a month, once a year, or just once...Even just learning enough about a subject so you can speak against an opponent eloquently makes you an unusual personage. Start with that. Any one of you would have cried out, would have intervened, had you been in that crowd in Bashiqa. Well thanks to digital technology, you’re all in it now.
The role played by time at the beginning of the universe is, I believe, the final key to removing the need for a Grand Designer, and revealing how the universe created itself. … Time itself must come to a stop. You can’t get to a time before the big bang, because there was no time before the big bang. We have finally found something that does not have a cause because there was no time for a cause to exist in. For me this means there is no possibility of a creator because there is no time for a creator to have existed. Since time itself began at the moment of the Big Bang, it was an event that could not have been caused or created by anyone or anything. … So when people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the Big Bang, so there is no time for God to make the universe in. It’s like asking for directions to the edge of the Earth. The Earth is a sphere. It does not have an edge, so looking for it is a futile exercise.
...the greater objective (representative) perfection there is in our idea of a thing, the greater also must be the perfection of its cause.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
Those who wish to seek out the cause of miracles and to understand the things of nature as philosophers, and not to stare at them in astonishment like fools, are soon considered heretical and impious, and proclaimed as such by those whom the mob adores as the interpreters of nature and the gods. For these men know that, once ignorance is put aside, that wonderment would be taken away, which is the only means by which their authority is preserved.
Just like freedom, Truth is not cheap. Yet both are worth more than all the gold in the world. But what is freedom, if there is no truth? And what is truth, if there is no freedom? Both are worth fighting for — because one without the other would be hell.
This is the secret that none dares tell who fights for a cause. Dying, we are all alike.
...no matter how bad life gets, no matter how sometimes things seem to turn on you and make it seem like there's no longer any hope, don't forget that you always have THIS (Sunset) to look forward to at the end of every single day. Look at it, Jake. Right there is peace. And freedom. And there's nothing in this world that can touch it.
At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.
Humans must be skeptics in order to find truth. Because there is always something that lies beneath.
Make time while you can take time cause time will soon take it all away.
Voicing out against injustice in the society is championing a just cause.
Attention-deficit disorders seem to abound in modern society, and we don't know the cause.
The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy.
Self-complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause.
I have been unable to live an uncommitted or suspended life. I have not hesitated to declare my affiliation with an extremely unpopular cause.
God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things.
I have explained the phenomena of the heavens and of our sea by the force of gravity, but I have not yet assigned a cause to gravity.