Most of what matters in our lives takes place in our absence.
Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.
The lie is a condition of life.
Be curious, not judgmental.
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
Don't take tomorrow to bed with you.
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
Medicine heals diseases of the body, wisdom frees the soul from passions.
In anger we should refrain both from speech and action.
Destiny is not a passive agent that lies in the lap of the Gods, but is an active instrument that lies in your own hands to shape as you will.
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.
When playing board-games which involve quizzes etc, you will always know the answers to everyone else's set of questions but never your own.
Be frank and explicit. That is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.
Desire is the very essence of man.
Better beggar woman and single than Queen and married.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.