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.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
I think, therefore I am.
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.
Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.
If you meditate, sooner or later you will come upon love. If you meditate deeply, sooner or later you will start feeling a tremendous love arising in you that you have never known before.
You can be rich in spirit, kindness, love and all those things that you can't put a dollar sign on.
If you do not know the laws of right conduct, you cannot form your character.
Nothing is as easy as it looks.
Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid
You always admire what you really don't understand.
I know I am but mortal and so therewhilst prepare myself for death, whensoever it shall please God to send it.
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?
Meditation will bring you sensitivity, a great sense of belonging to the world. It is our world - the stars are ours, and we are not foreigners here. We are part of it, we are the heart of it.
Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.