Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who... looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space... on the infinite highway of the air
He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom.
Nature is not human-hearted.
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.
Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.
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.
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.
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.
A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
Your belief in God is merely an escape from your monotonous, stupid and cruel life.
Unsatisfied desire is in itself more desirable than any other satisfaction.
He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity's sunrise.
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
If you have zest and enthusiasm, you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.
Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying.