It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important.
Better beggar woman and single than Queen and married.
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.
The cure for pain is in the pain.
The only real laughter comes from despair.
A proverb is much matter distilled into few words.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
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.
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
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.
The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
If we know exactly where we're going, exactly how to get there, and exactly what we'll see along the way, we won't learn anything.
It has seemed to be more necessary to have regard to the weight of words rather than to their number.
Don't criticize what you can't understand.