Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.
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.
Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive.
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.
Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.
The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.
I have had good experience and trial of this world...I know what it is to be a subject, what to be a sovereign, what to have good neighbours, and sometimes meet evil willers. I have found treason in trust, seen great benefits little regarded.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
It is tact that is golden, not silence.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
To a wise and good man the whole earth is his fatherland.
Everything excellent is as difficult as it is rare.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.