Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
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.
A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Tell the truth. Sing with passion. Work with laughter. Love with heart. 'Cause that's all that matters in the end.
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
What's real and what's true aren't necessarily the same.
To a wise and good man the whole earth is his fatherland.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity.
It's not a question of learning much.On the contrary.It's a question of UNLEARNING much.
The only real laughter comes from despair.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
It is hard to fight desire; but to control it is the sign of a reasonable man.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
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.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
In moments of great grief, thatís where you look and immerse yourself. You realise you are not immortal, you are not a god, you are part of the natural world and you come to accept that.
The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.