A precedent embalms a principle.
There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
An understanding of the natural world is a source of not only great curiosity, but great fulfilment.
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.
Immoderate desire is the mark of a child, not a man.
If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.
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'.
Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.
We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
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.
Stupidity is a talent for misconception.
Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.