He who can destroy a thing, can control a thing.
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
Man's sensitivity to the little things and insensitivity to the greatest are the signs of a strange disorder.
I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.
Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.
Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
Gravity is only the bark of wisdom's tree; but it preserves it
Wisdom is not the product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
The ethos of redemption is realized in self-mastery, by means of temperance, that is, continence of desires.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.