I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It's all a question of how I view my life.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
There's no advantage to hurrying through life.
If man limits himself to a satisfied animal existence, and asks from life only what such an existence can give, the higher values of life at once disappear.
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.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil!
There is also this benefit in brag: that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it.
History is the devil's scripture.
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.
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.
The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated in a contemporary antagonism known as the generation gap.
Old age, especially an honoured old age, has so great authority, that this is of more value than all the pleasures of youth.
Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.
He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals.
Exceptional claims demand exceptional evidence.
Is it not enough that 'things are cruel and blind'? Must we also be cruel and blind?
You never know what life is like, until you have lived it.
Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.