There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
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
We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
Gravity is only the bark of wisdom's tree; but it preserves it
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.
One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.
He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
When playing board-games which involve quizzes etc, you will always know the answers to everyone else's set of questions but never your own.
You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.
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.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously
Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
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.
If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.