Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.
I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It's all a question of how I view my life.
Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that's how we've got to live.
You can find the entire cosmos lurking in its least remarkable objects.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
In the end, everything is a gag.
If you've been playing poker for half an hour and you still don't know who the patsy is, you're the patsy.
This terrifying world is not devoid of charms, of the mornings that make waking up worthwhile.
Just as modern motorways have no room for ox-carts or wandering pedestrians, so modern society has little place for lives and ways that are too eccentric.
Life is made up of marble and mud.
We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.
Every person who ever thought he had a right to assert, and went boldly and asserted it, himself, or jointly with others that shared his convictions, was a direct actionist.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding... And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy
To be interested in the changing seasons is . . . a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
It takes a long time to grow young.
Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
Every day brings a chance to live free of regret and with as much joy, fun, and laughter as you can stand.
Is it not enough that 'things are cruel and blind'? Must we also be cruel and blind?
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.