Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.
Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
You want a love which is born out of meditation, not born out of the mind.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
If you don't like someone's story, write your own.
I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
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.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.
I don't like definitions, but if there is a definition of freedom, it would be when you have control over your reality to transform it, to change it, rather than having it imposed upon you. You can't really ask for more than that.
One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.
A precedent embalms a principle.
Desire is the very essence of man.
Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.