Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
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.
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.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
The one you buy will be the only one that doesn't work.
Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.
Time wounds all heels.
It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance.
Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.
True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
To a wise and good man the whole earth is his fatherland.
One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.
The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.
I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.
It has seemed to be more necessary to have regard to the weight of words rather than to their number.