To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Any idiot can face a crisis; it's this day-to-day living that wears you out.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
Speed and efficiency do not always increase the quality of life.
Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live.
Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.
Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom.
The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.
We fear our highest possibility (as well as our lowest one). We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
No social problem is as universal as the oppression of the child
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
Courage is a kind of salvation.
Mastery of the emotions is fundamental to a virtuous life.
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
The behavior of a human being in sexual matters is often a prototype for the whole of his other modes of reaction in life.
The earth is like a spaceship that didn't come with an operating manual.
Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.
Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.
It would please me best if, at the last, a marble stone shall record that this Queen having lived such and such a time, lived and died a virgin.