We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.
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.
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.
I don't like definitions, but if there is a definition of freedom, it would be when you have control over your reality to transform it, to change it, rather than having it imposed upon you. You can't really ask for more than that.
Criticize the act, not the person.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
I have had good experience and trial of this world...I know what it is to be a subject, what to be a sovereign, what to have good neighbours, and sometimes meet evil willers. I have found treason in trust, seen great benefits little regarded.
Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.
I know I am but mortal and so therewhilst prepare myself for death, whensoever it shall please God to send it.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously
It is tact that is golden, not silence.
The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.
I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.
I have no desire to make windows into mens souls
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Great acts are made up of small deeds.