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.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
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.
Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
The only real laughter comes from despair.
Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
To a wise and good man the whole earth is his fatherland.
The lie is a condition of life.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.
Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a general natural law
Criticize the act, not the person.
Only from the heart can you touch the sky.
Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.
Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.
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.
Time wounds all heels.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.