The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.
The experience gathered from books, though often valuable,is but the nature of learning whereas the experience gained from actual life is of the nature of wisdom.
One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.
As the soft yield of water cleaves obstinate stone, So to yield with life solves the insolvable: To yield, I have learned, is to come back again.
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.
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
As our case is new, we must think and act anew.
Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.
He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.
Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a general natural law
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.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
In the East, all the religions preach egolessness. So in the East, everybody is against the ego from the very beginning.
Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.
There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.