Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
If you buy what you do not need, you will need what you cannot buy.
All imperfection is easier to tolerate if served up in small doses.
Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality.
To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.
We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.
Wisdom... comes not from age, but from education and learning.
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
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.
It is tact that is golden, not silence.
Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.