The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
Your inner world has its own taste, has its own fragrance, has its own light. And it is utterly silent.
Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
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.
What's real and what's true aren't necessarily the same.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.
Where you stand depends on where you sit.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
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.
The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit.
Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.
Kind words don't cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
The one you buy will be the only one that doesn't work.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.