We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.
I have already joined myself in marriage to a husband, namely the kingdom of England.
You can be rich in spirit, kindness, love and all those things that you can't put a dollar sign on.
If you don't like someone's story, write your own.
I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them.
It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet.
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.
The first thing you'll have to do, is the last thing you wished.
Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.
Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.
Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.
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.
A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.