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.
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.
Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
It is divinity that shapes, not only your ends, but also your acts, your words and thoughts.
It is easy to be brave at a safe distance.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
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.
Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.
Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
Compassion is the basis of morality.
A proverb is much matter distilled into few words.
It has seemed to be more necessary to have regard to the weight of words rather than to their number.
It is necessary to keep one's compass in one's eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges.