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.
Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.
The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.
How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.
Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.
Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes.
One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.
So many people have this idea: I want to achieve something great or be somebody great. And they neglect the step that leads to greatness. They don't honor this step at this moment because they have this idea of some future moment where they are going to be great.
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.
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.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
I mistrust the judgement of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned.
Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.
Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a new way to stand.
There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.
Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.