Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
Rational discussion is useful only when there is a significant base of shared assumptions.
Compassion is the basis of morality.
Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
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.
Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.
If you do not know the laws of right conduct, you cannot form your character.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.
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.
Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.
I don't like definitions, but if there is a definition of freedom, it would be when you have control over your reality to transform it, to change it, rather than having it imposed upon you. You can't really ask for more than that.
No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.
One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.
Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.
It is better to be looked over than overlooked.