It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.
If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.
It takes a great man to be a good listener.
The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.
The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
Desire is the very essence of man.
None but ourselves can free our minds.
You don't become what you want, you become what you believe
Your reputation is in the hands of others. That's what the reputation is. You can't control that. The only thing you can control is your character.
This is something basic to be understood: the ego must come to a peak, it must be strong, it must have attained an integrity only then can you dissolve it.
If you don't like someone's story, write your own.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
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.
An understanding of the natural world is a source of not only great curiosity, but great fulfilment.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.