Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.
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.
Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
It has seemed to be more necessary to have regard to the weight of words rather than to their number.
It was a melancholy secret that reality can arouse desires but never satisfy them.
Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.
How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it.
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?
Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true.
The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.
The experience gathered from books, though often valuable,is but the nature of learning whereas the experience gained from actual life is of the nature of wisdom.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.