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.
Be frank and explicit. That is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.
Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.
I don't like definitions, but if there is a definition of freedom, it would be when you have control over your reality to transform it, to change it, rather than having it imposed upon you. You can't really ask for more than that.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
It is tact that is golden, not silence.
You can be rich in spirit, kindness, love and all those things that you can't put a dollar sign on.
The experience gathered from books, though often valuable,is but the nature of learning whereas the experience gained from actual life is of the nature of wisdom.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
He who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance.
All imperfection is easier to tolerate if served up in small doses.
To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact
Let him who would move the world first move himself.
If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.
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
Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to.
To a wise and good man the whole earth is his fatherland.
One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.