Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously.
If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.
I know I am but mortal and so therewhilst prepare myself for death, whensoever it shall please God to send it.
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.
Instinct is a marvellous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.
You don't become what you want, you become what you believe
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.
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
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.
Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
Your reputation is in the hands of others. That's what the reputation is. You can't control that. The only thing you can control is your character.
It takes a great man to be a good listener.
He who can destroy a thing, can control a thing.
Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.