In every tragedy, an element of comedy is preserved. Comedy is just tragedy reversed.
Don't let making a living prevent you from making a life.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those that got there first.
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.
How can I go forward when I don't know which way I'm facing?
I have no idea what's awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.
In the survival of favoured individuals and races, during the constantly-recurring struggle for existence, we see a powerful and ever-acting form of selection.
Any idiot can face a crisis; it's this day-to-day living that wears you out.
Is it not enough that 'things are cruel and blind'? Must we also be cruel and blind?
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.
It would please me best if, at the last, a marble stone shall record that this Queen having lived such and such a time, lived and died a virgin.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous.
Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit.
Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth). Make the growth choice a dozen times a day.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
We were all at once terribly alone; and alone we must see it through.
Do not erase the designs the child makes in the soft wax of his inner life.