There is nothing more miserable in the world than to arrive in paradise and look like your passport photo.
Once you label me you negate me.
Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.
Anybody who watches three games of football in a row should be declared brain dead.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
A good liar must have a good memory.
Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
You always admire what you really don't understand.
I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.
In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.
Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.
I like to think of myself at home in the armchair, writing, smoking and occasionally wandering down the shop.
When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
You don't have to be the Dalai Lama to tell people that life's about change.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
The spirit of man is an inward flame; a lamp the world blows upon but never puts out.