Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?
Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.
An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
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.
The ethos of redemption is realized in self-mastery, by means of temperance, that is, continence of desires.
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.
Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
A person who spends more than he earns is a fool
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.
Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
All great achievements require time.
Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
A precedent embalms a principle.
If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
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.