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.
Be curious, not judgmental.
If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.
I've never known any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
It was a melancholy secret that reality can arouse desires but never satisfy them.
Immoderate desire is the mark of a child, not a man.
Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.
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.
An understanding of the natural world is a source of not only great curiosity, but great fulfilment.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied.
Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
Each day is a little life; every waking and rising a little birth; every fresh morning a little youth; every going to rest and sleep a little death.
It is easy to be brave at a safe distance.
If you buy what you do not need, you will need what you cannot buy.
Desire is the very essence of man.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
It is a wise man that does know the contented man is never poor, whilst the discontented man is never rich.