Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.
He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.
It has seemed to be more necessary to have regard to the weight of words rather than to their number.
If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
You laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same.
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.
Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.
A precedent embalms a principle.
Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.
If you're happy, don't worry you'll get over it.
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
The experience gathered from books, though often valuable,is but the nature of learning whereas the experience gained from actual life is of the nature of wisdom.
Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength
There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.