It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives.
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.
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.
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.
Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.
All great achievements require time.
Stupidity is a talent for misconception.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
I have no desire to make windows into mens souls
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care
The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.
What's real and what's true aren't necessarily the same.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
One who loses wealth loses much. One who loses a friend loses more. But one who loses courage loses all.
Don't take tomorrow to bed with you.
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.