Your inner world has its own taste, has its own fragrance, has its own light. And it is utterly silent.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.
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.
Criticize the act, not the person.
Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.
I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.
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.
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
It takes a great man to be a good listener.
Be realistic: Plan for a miracle
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
Medicine heals diseases of the body, wisdom frees the soul from passions.
To a wise and good man the whole earth is his fatherland.
Take care of the pieces well. The whole will take care of itself.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
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.
Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a new way to stand.
All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.