Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
So many people have this idea: I want to achieve something great or be somebody great. And they neglect the step that leads to greatness. They don't honor this step at this moment because they have this idea of some future moment where they are going to be great.
The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.
Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.
I've never known any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.
Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.
Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
To a wise and good man the whole earth is his fatherland.
I mistrust the judgement of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.