The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.
Destiny is not a passive agent that lies in the lap of the Gods, but is an active instrument that lies in your own hands to shape as you will.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
Man's sensitivity to the little things and insensitivity to the greatest are the signs of a strange disorder.
Be frank and explicit. That is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.
If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.
All great achievements require time.
It was a melancholy secret that reality can arouse desires but never satisfy them.
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
I know I am but mortal and so therewhilst prepare myself for death, whensoever it shall please God to send it.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
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.
If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.