The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they've got nothing to lose.
Your reputation is in the hands of others. That's what the reputation is. You can't control that. The only thing you can control is your character.
Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.
Medicine heals diseases of the body, wisdom frees the soul from passions.
He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason.
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.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
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.
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.
I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.
Nobody has the power to take two steps together; you can take only one step at a time.
This is something basic to be understood: the ego must come to a peak, it must be strong, it must have attained an integrity only then can you dissolve it.
True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a new way to stand.
It has seemed to be more necessary to have regard to the weight of words rather than to their number.
You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.
Be frank and explicit. That is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.
I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference.