And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
It was my care to make my life illustrious not by words more than by deeds.
Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain.
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behaviour lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behaviour
Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don't. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success.
We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.
True spirituality has its basis in moral life, which in turn is based on contem-plation.
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
To be interested in the changing seasons is . . . a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
I can't help thinking that there are only one or two ways of being brought into this world, but there are so many fucked-up ways of leaving it.
A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.
Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.
Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?
You can have it all. Just not all at once.
Sometimes you have to be apart from people you love, but that doesn't make you love them any less. Sometimes you love them more.
Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.