A proverb is much matter distilled into few words.
Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know.
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid
One who loses wealth loses much. One who loses a friend loses more. But one who loses courage loses all.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?
I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them.
I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously
What's real and what's true aren't necessarily the same.
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.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.
Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy