Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
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'.
It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
Destiny is not a passive agent that lies in the lap of the Gods, but is an active instrument that lies in your own hands to shape as you will.
No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
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.
It has seemed to be more necessary to have regard to the weight of words rather than to their number.
If you don't like someone's story, write your own.
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.
A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true.
Where you stand depends on where you sit.
The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know.
When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.