It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
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.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
The best way to see Faith is to shut the eye of Reason.
Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
What you're thinking is what you're becoming.
Don't criticize what you can't understand.
Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously.
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
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.
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.
The ethos of redemption is realized in self-mastery, by means of temperance, that is, continence of desires.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
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.
Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.
To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.
It is easy to be brave at a safe distance.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.