If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?
Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
So many people have this idea: I want to achieve something great or be somebody great. And they neglect the step that leads to greatness. They don't honor this step at this moment because they have this idea of some future moment where they are going to be great.
Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.
No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.
True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.
Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more
The greatest of wealth is the richness of the soul.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
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.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.
When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.
Man's sensitivity to the little things and insensitivity to the greatest are the signs of a strange disorder.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power.