So many people have this idea: I want to achieve something great or be somebody great. And they neglect the step that leads to greatness. They don't honor this step at this moment because they have this idea of some future moment where they are going to be great.
You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
You always admire what you really don't understand.
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.
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.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
The only real laughter comes from despair.
A proverb is much matter distilled into few words.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Nobody has the power to take two steps together; you can take only one step at a time.
If you are a parent, open doors to unknown directions to the child so he can explore. Don't make him afraid of the unknown,give him support.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
I have no desire to make windows into mens souls
Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.
Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.