24 Inspirational Sam Harris Quotes on Life

Date of Birth: April 9, 1967, Los Angeles, California, USA


Short Biography


Sam Harris is an American atheist, neurologist, philosopher and one of the founders of Project Reason. He is also the author of five New York Times best sellers. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction.

His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics like neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live.

Sam Harris Quotes


“We do not know what we intend to do until the intention itself arises. To understand this is to realize that we are not the authors of our thoughts and actions in the way that people generally suppose.” /Sam Harris
“If you pay attention to your inner life, you will see that the emergence of choices, efforts, and intentions is a fundamentally mysterious process.” /Sam Harris
“We must continually remind ourselves that there is a difference between what is natural and what is actually good for us.” /Sam Harris
“You can't take credit for your talents, but it matters that you use them. You can't really be blamed for your weaknesses, but it matters that you correct them. So pride and shame don't make a lot of sense, in the final analysis, but they weren't much fun anyway.” /Sam Harris
“The point is that most of what we currently hold sacred is not sacred for any reason other than that it was thought sacred yesterday.” /Sam Harris
“The fact that my continuous and public rejection of Christianity does not worry me in the least should suggest to you just how inadequate I think your reasons for being a Christian are.” /Sam Harris
“We have a choice. We have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That's it. Conversation and violence. And faith is a conversation stopper.” /Sam Harris
“False encouragement is a kind of theft: it steals time, energy, and motivation a person could put toward some other purpose.” /Sam Harris
“We know enough at this moment to say that the God of Abraham is not only unworthy of the immensity of creation; he is unworthy even of man.” /Sam Harris
“It is time we recognized that the only thing that permits human beings to collaborate with one another in a truly open-minded way is their willingness to have their beliefs modified by new facts.” /Sam Harris
“Honesty is a gift we can give to others. It is also a source of power and an engine of simplicity.” /Sam Harris
“When the stakes are this high- when calling God by the right name can make the difference between eternal happiness and eternal suffering, it is impossible to respect the beliefs of others who don't believe as you do.” /Sam Harris
“On one level, wisdom is nothing more profound than an ability to follow one’s own advice.” /Sam Harris
“A moment or two of serious self-scrutiny, and you might observe that you no more decide the next thought you think than the next thought I write.” /Sam Harris
“You can do what you decide to do, but you cannot decide what you will decide to do.” /Sam Harris
“When considering the truth of a proposition, one is either engaged in an honest appraisal of the evidence and logical arguments, or one isn't. Religion is one area of our lives where people imagine that some other standard of intellectual integrity applies.” /Sam Harris
“Of course, the liar often imagines that he does no harm as long as his lies go undetected.” /Sam Harris
“Religious moderation is the product of secular knowledge and scriptural ignorance.” /Sam Harris
“My mind begins to seem like a video game: I can either play it intelligently, learning more in each round, or I can be killed in the same spot by the same monster, again and again.” /Sam Harris
“I know of no society in human history that ever suffered because its people became too desirous of evidence in support of their core beliefs.” /Sam Harris

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