Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
So many people have this idea: I want to achieve something great or be somebody great. And they neglect the step that leads to greatness. They don't honor this step at this moment because they have this idea of some future moment where they are going to be great.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.
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.
Attitude, not Aptitude, determines Altitude.
Rational discussion is useful only when there is a significant base of shared assumptions.
A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.
Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.
He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.
When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.
There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.
I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.