Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.
It is hard to fight desire; but to control it is the sign of a reasonable man.
I mistrust the judgement of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned.
Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.
Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.
Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.
A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.
The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.
I think, therefore I am.
Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.
Love make us poets, and the approach of death should make us philosophers.
Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.
It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
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.