Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.
This terrifying world is not devoid of charms, of the mornings that make waking up worthwhile.
But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.
I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot!
Any idiot can face a crisis; it's this day-to-day living that wears you out.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Anybody can dig a hole and plant a tree. But make sure it survives. You have to nurture it, you have to water it, you have to keep at it until it becomes rooted so it can take care or itself. There are so many enemies of trees.
To be interested in the changing seasons is . . . a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
We think too much and feel too little.
Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.
We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.
Anything I've done up till 27 May 1999 was kind of an illusion, existing without living. My daughter, the birth of my daughter, gave me life.
Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain.
I think it can be shown that the law makes ten criminals where it restrains one.
The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self.
My life didn't please me, so I created my life.
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
In the survival of favoured individuals and races, during the constantly-recurring struggle for existence, we see a powerful and ever-acting form of selection.
Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.
The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.