To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
A precedent embalms a principle.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.
Intelligence is a moral category.
Your reputation is in the hands of others. That's what the reputation is. You can't control that. The only thing you can control is your character.
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.
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
There is a wisdom of the head, and... there is a wisdom of the heart.
Wisdom... comes not from age, but from education and learning.
Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
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.
Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.
If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.
There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.