How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
The gentleman understands rightousness, the petty man understands interest.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
The young people think the old people are fools - but the old people know the young people are fools.
Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth). Make the growth choice a dozen times a day.
The natural world is the greatest source of excitement. The greatest source of visual beauty. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.
It would please me best if, at the last, a marble stone shall record that this Queen having lived such and such a time, lived and died a virgin.
For life in general, there is but one decree: youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, old age a regret.
We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.
Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone.
But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.
Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn
The knowledge of oneself will preserve that person from vanity.
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.