You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.
Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.
Immoderate desire is the mark of a child, not a man.
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.
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.
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.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
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.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Wisdom begins at the end.
A precedent embalms a principle.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Time wounds all heels.
Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.