Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
The cure for pain is in the pain.
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.
Let him who would move the world first move himself.
Appearances often are deceiving.
Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.
My meditation is simple. It does not require any complex practices. It is simple. It is singing. It is dancing. It is sitting silently.
Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens
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.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Resist much. Obey little.
All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.
A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.
It is easy to be brave at a safe distance.