What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously.
The cure for pain is in the pain.
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.
Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.
Your inner world has its own taste, has its own fragrance, has its own light. And it is utterly silent.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.
The future is uncertain but the end is always near.
There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality.
Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
Time wounds all heels.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
It's not a question of learning much.On the contrary.It's a question of UNLEARNING much.
Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know.
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.
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.