A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true.
I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them.
The object of the superior man is truth.
I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.
Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a general natural law
Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.
Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.
I think about the meaning of pain. Pain is personal. It really belongs to the one feeling it. Probably the only thing that is your own. I like mine.
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.
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.
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.
Those who see the invisible can do the impossible.
Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.
Time wounds all heels.
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.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
Great acts are made up of small deeds.
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
It is divinity that shapes, not only your ends, but also your acts, your words and thoughts.