Desire is the very essence of man.
Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.
There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.
The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
I know I am but mortal and so therewhilst prepare myself for death, whensoever it shall please God to send it.
You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.
Tell the truth. Sing with passion. Work with laughter. Love with heart. 'Cause that's all that matters in the end.
You don't want to lose your old friend - the misery - You have invested too much into false - Hence the fear to be exposed -to be true - to be naked as you are.
Don't criticize what you can't understand.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
Great acts are made up of small deeds.
There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.
Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
The only real laughter comes from despair.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.