Sow a thought and you get an act; Sow an act and you get a habit; Sow a habit and you get a character; Sow a character and you get a destiny.
Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
Is it not enough that 'things are cruel and blind'? Must we also be cruel and blind?
You never know what life is like, until you have lived it.
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.
Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.
I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.
Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil!
He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals.
No one has ever become poor by giving.
Mastery of the emotions is fundamental to a virtuous life.
Shame is an ornament to the young; a disgrace to the old.
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.
Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.
One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.
The 'good old times'-all times, when old, are good.
Never, ever underestimate the power of 'Id Like that.
Every life has a measure of sorrow, and sometimes this is what awakens us.
Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.