All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
If you don't know where you're from, you'll have a hard time saying where you're going.
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
Itís your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
It takes a great man to be a good listener.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
The first thing you'll have to do, is the last thing you wished.
I have had good experience and trial of this world...I know what it is to be a subject, what to be a sovereign, what to have good neighbours, and sometimes meet evil willers. I have found treason in trust, seen great benefits little regarded.
I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.
A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?
Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they've got nothing to lose.
To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when showing someone.
To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact