Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
Better beggar woman and single than Queen and married.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
The greatest of wealth is the richness of the soul.
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.
One new feature or fresh take can change everything.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
If you do not know the laws of right conduct, you cannot form your character.
Be curious, not judgmental.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
You always admire what you really don't understand.
A man is literally what he thinks.
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.
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.
He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.