It takes a great man to be a good listener.
Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.
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.
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.
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
Desire is the very essence of man.
Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.
A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.
I know I am but mortal and so therewhilst prepare myself for death, whensoever it shall please God to send it.
The ethos of redemption is realized in self-mastery, by means of temperance, that is, continence of desires.
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
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.
How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.
I've never known any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.
There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.
Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.
The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet.
It is a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue.
What you're thinking is what you're becoming.