To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
Where you stand depends on where you sit.
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.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.
Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.
He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
Rational discussion is useful only when there is a significant base of shared assumptions.
Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.
Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.
It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
Medicine heals diseases of the body, wisdom frees the soul from passions.
A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
I think, therefore I am.
Never ruin an apology with an excuse.