Work is the price which is paid for reputation.
Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
Desire is the very essence of man.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.
Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
What you're thinking is what you're becoming.
It's not a question of learning much.On the contrary.It's a question of UNLEARNING much.
A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.
I have no desire to make windows into mens souls
Compassion is the basis of morality.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.
You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Nobody has the power to take two steps together; you can take only one step at a time.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.