The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.
The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?
Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.
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.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.
Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Thought can be so seductive and hypnotic that it absorbs your attention totally, so you become your thoughts.
Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they've got nothing to lose.
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.
Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power.
The object of the superior man is truth.
Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision,to the releasing of a trigger.