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.
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.
Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.
There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.
In anger we should refrain both from speech and action.
Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength
One new feature or fresh take can change everything.
What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.
Destiny is not a passive agent that lies in the lap of the Gods, but is an active instrument that lies in your own hands to shape as you will.
I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.
One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.
Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it.
There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
In moments of great grief, that’s where you look and immerse yourself. You realise you are not immortal, you are not a god, you are part of the natural world and you come to accept that.
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
Appearances often are deceiving.
The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?
This is something basic to be understood: the ego must come to a peak, it must be strong, it must have attained an integrity only then can you dissolve it.