It is hard to fight desire; but to control it is the sign of a reasonable man.
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.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength
The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity.
So whenever a Western seeker reaches to an understanding that ego is the problem, he can easily dissolve it, more easily than any Eastern seeker.
All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
A precedent embalms a principle.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.
Think globally, act locally.
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.
The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.
What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality.