Thought can be so seductive and hypnotic that it absorbs your attention totally, so you become your thoughts.
Most of what matters in our lives takes place in our absence.
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.
I know I am but mortal and so therewhilst prepare myself for death, whensoever it shall please God to send it.
Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.
It is necessary to keep one's compass in one's eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges.
Better beggar woman and single than Queen and married.
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.
If we know exactly where we're going, exactly how to get there, and exactly what we'll see along the way, we won't learn anything.
You can be rich in spirit, kindness, love and all those things that you can't put a dollar sign on.
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.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
There is a wisdom of the head, and... there is a wisdom of the heart.
There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.
Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.
Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
The future is uncertain but the end is always near.
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?