Everything excellent is as difficult as it is rare.
There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.
If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.
He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.
Time wounds all heels.
Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.
Your inner world has its own taste, has its own fragrance, has its own light. And it is utterly silent.
Do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in few!
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
You don't become what you want, you become what you believe
When playing board-games which involve quizzes etc, you will always know the answers to everyone else's set of questions but never your own.
All imperfection is easier to tolerate if served up in small doses.
Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.
Each day is a little life; every waking and rising a little birth; every fresh morning a little youth; every going to rest and sleep a little death.
The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.