Most of what matters in our lives takes place in our absence.
It is tact that is golden, not silence.
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.
Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
This is something basic to be understood: the ego must come to a peak, it must be strong, it must have attained an integrity only then can you dissolve it.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
To live is not merely to breathe; it is to act; it is to make use of our organs, senses, faculties - of all those parts of ourselves which give us the feeling of existence
Medicine heals diseases of the body, wisdom frees the soul from passions.
He who can destroy a thing, can control a thing.
Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.
Stupidity is a talent for misconception.
Nobody has the power to take two steps together; you can take only one step at a time.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
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.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.
The greatest of wealth is the richness of the soul.
The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet.