We never see ourselves as others see us.
Medicine heals diseases of the body, wisdom frees the soul from passions.
To a wise and good man the whole earth is his fatherland.
Most of what matters in our lives takes place in our absence.
Wisdom... comes not from age, but from education and learning.
Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.
It is hard to fight desire; but to control it is the sign of a reasonable man.
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.
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.
Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes.
Love make us poets, and the approach of death should make us philosophers.
Destiny is not a passive agent that lies in the lap of the Gods, but is an active instrument that lies in your own hands to shape as you will.
Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.
I don't like definitions, but if there is a definition of freedom, it would be when you have control over your reality to transform it, to change it, rather than having it imposed upon you. You can't really ask for more than that.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously