Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.
All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Most of what matters in our lives takes place in our absence.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.
If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.
Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.
To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
A precedent embalms a principle.
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.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.
No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.