We all owe death a life.
But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
The natural world is the greatest source of excitement. The greatest source of visual beauty. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
Nothing in life is more remarkable than the unnecessary anxiety which we endure, and generally create ourselves.
Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Mastery of the emotions is fundamental to a virtuous life.
There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.
All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.
Life is a disease, brother, and death begins already at birth. Every breath, every heartbeat, is a moment of dying - a little shove toward the end.
Sometimes you have to be apart from people you love, but that doesn't make you love them any less. Sometimes you love them more.
Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.
Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live.
In the survival of favoured individuals and races, during the constantly-recurring struggle for existence, we see a powerful and ever-acting form of selection.
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.