This terrifying world is not devoid of charms, of the mornings that make waking up worthwhile.
A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.
Just as modern motorways have no room for ox-carts or wandering pedestrians, so modern society has little place for lives and ways that are too eccentric.
Nothing in life is more remarkable than the unnecessary anxiety which we endure, and generally create ourselves.
In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed
The happiest is the person who suffers the least pain; the most miserable who enjoys the least pleasure.
There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be...
The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.
The historian looks backward. In the end he also believes backward.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.
No one has ever become poor by giving.
The future starts today, not tomorrow.
Where there is love there is life.
Within the child lies the fate of the future.
It was my care to make my life illustrious not by words more than by deeds.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don't. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success.
Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices.
A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn't believe, and leaves before she is left.
People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.
We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.