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To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,creeps in this petty pace from day to day,to the last syllable of recorded time;and all our yesterdays have lighted foolsthe way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,that struts and frets his hour upon the stage,and then is heard no more. It is a taletold by an idiot, full of sound and fury,signifying nothing.
On the philosophical level, both buddhism and modern science share a deep suspicion of any notion of absolutes, whether conceptualize as a transcendent being, as an eternal, unchanging principle such as soul, or as a fundamental substratum of reality. ... In the buddhist investigation of reality, at least in principle, empirical evidence should triumph over scriptural authority, no matter how deeply venerated a scripture may be.
Manevery manis an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others; he must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself; he must work for his rational self-interest, with the achievement of his own happiness as the highest moral purpose of his life.