The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
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.
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
Take care of the pieces well. The whole will take care of itself.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.
Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.
I have no desire to make windows into mens souls
There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
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.
Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
It is not the strength, but the duration, of great sentiments that makes great men.
The lie is a condition of life.
Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.
Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.