Every person who ever thought he had a right to assert, and went boldly and asserted it, himself, or jointly with others that shared his convictions, was a direct actionist.
Life's pretty good, and why wouldn't it be? I'm a pirate, after all.
I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
If you have zest and enthusiasm, you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.
Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.
Just as modern motorways have no room for ox-carts or wandering pedestrians, so modern society has little place for lives and ways that are too eccentric.
All my life through, the new sights of nature made me rejoice like a child.
We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act.
The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
Any idiot can face a crisis; it's this day-to-day living that wears you out.
Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.
When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.
Shame is an ornament to the young; a disgrace to the old.
The future starts today, not tomorrow.
We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.
The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who... looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space... on the infinite highway of the air
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.
A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second.