I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more
If we know exactly where we're going, exactly how to get there, and exactly what we'll see along the way, we won't learn anything.
A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.
Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.
The greatest of wealth is the richness of the soul.
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.
Turn your wounds into wisdom.
Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.
Be curious, not judgmental.
The ethos of redemption is realized in self-mastery, by means of temperance, that is, continence of desires.
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.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
In the East, all the religions preach egolessness. So in the East, everybody is against the ego from the very beginning.
No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care
Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.
Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know.
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.