You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.
Anywhere you go in the world is what you make of it, not what you read in books.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
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.
The only real laughter comes from despair.
Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.
The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
The ethos of redemption is realized in self-mastery, by means of temperance, that is, continence of desires.
Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
My meditation is simple. It does not require any complex practices. It is simple. It is singing. It is dancing. It is sitting silently.
If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.
All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.