- Complexity requires that we invest energy in developing whatever skills we were born with, in becoming autonomous, self-reliant, conscious of our uniqueness and of its limitations. At the same time we must invest energy in recognizing, understanding, and finding ways to adapt to the forces beyond the boundaries of our own individuality. Of course we don't have to undertake any of these plans. But if we don't, chances are, sooner or later, we will regret it.
- One must suffer to become a man. One does not get to be a man by getting married, by having sex: to be a man means to be responsable, to know when it is time to speak, to know what has to be said, to know when one must stay silent.
- Great music, architecture, art, poetry, drama, dance, phisolophy, and religion are there for anyone to see as examples of how harmony can be imposed on chaos. Yet so many people ingore them, expecting to create meaning in their lives by their own devices.
- Recongnizing the limitations of human will, accepting a cooperative rather than a ruling role in the universe, we should feel the relief of the exile who is finally returning home. The problem of meaning will then be resolved as the individual's purpose merges with the universal flow.
- Control of consciousness determines the quality of life.
- A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.