The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
I think, therefore I am.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
I have had good experience and trial of this world...I know what it is to be a subject, what to be a sovereign, what to have good neighbours, and sometimes meet evil willers. I have found treason in trust, seen great benefits little regarded.
Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.
No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
I think about the meaning of pain. Pain is personal. It really belongs to the one feeling it. Probably the only thing that is your own. I like mine.
You laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same.
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality.
Don't take tomorrow to bed with you.
Those who can not change their minds can not change anything.
Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
Your reputation is in the hands of others. That's what the reputation is. You can't control that. The only thing you can control is your character.
It is not the strength, but the duration, of great sentiments that makes great men.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
Don't criticize what you can't understand.
If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.