If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.
What can't be cured must be endured.
Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.
To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
Your reputation is in the hands of others. That's what the reputation is. You can't control that. The only thing you can control is your character.
You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.
Man's sensitivity to the little things and insensitivity to the greatest are the signs of a strange disorder.
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.
I've never known any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.
Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
It is hard to fight desire; but to control it is the sign of a reasonable man.
Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
Compassion is the basis of morality.
Destiny is not a passive agent that lies in the lap of the Gods, but is an active instrument that lies in your own hands to shape as you will.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.