I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
The future is uncertain but the end is always near.
Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.
I think about the meaning of pain. Pain is personal. It really belongs to the one feeling it. Probably the only thing that is your own. I like mine.
We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
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.
A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
Don't criticize what you can't understand.
Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.
Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.
I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.
Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.
There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
Early to bed and early to rise, Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Be frank and explicit. That is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.
Man is not the creature of circumstances, Circumstances are the creatures of men.