A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
A friend to all is a friend to none
A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
A man is literally what he thinks.
A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true.
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.
A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.
A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
A person who spends more than he earns is a fool
A precedent embalms a principle.
A proverb is much matter distilled into few words.
A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.
Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.
Achievement brings its own anticlimax.
Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a general natural law
Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic
Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.
All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
All great achievements require time.
All imperfection is easier to tolerate if served up in small doses.
All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
An understanding of the natural world is a source of not only great curiosity, but great fulfilment.
And no one will listen to us until we listen to ourselves.
And this sensitivity will create new friendships for you - friendships with trees, with birds, with animals, with mountains, with rivers, with oceans, with stars. Life becomes richer as love grows.
Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.
Anywhere you go in the world is what you make of it, not what you read in books.
Appearances often are deceiving.
As our case is new, we must think and act anew.
As the soft yield of water cleaves obstinate stone, So to yield with life solves the insolvable: To yield, I have learned, is to come back again.
At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
Attitude, not Aptitude, determines Altitude.
Be curious, not judgmental.
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.
Be realistic: Plan for a miracle
Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
Beer: The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.
Better beggar woman and single than Queen and married.
Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
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.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied.
Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.
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.
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.
Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a new way to stand.
Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.
Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously
Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.
Compassion is the basis of morality.
Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.
Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.
Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value.
Criticize the act, not the person.
Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.
Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.
Desire is the very essence of man.
Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.
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.
Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.
Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
Do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in few!
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
Don't criticize what you can't understand.
Don't criticize what you don't understand, son. You never walked in that man's shoes.
Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.
Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.
Don't take tomorrow to bed with you.
Doubt is the origin of wisdom
Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.
Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously.
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.
Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.
Early to bed and early to rise, Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.
Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision,to the releasing of a trigger.
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.
Every aquarium will eventually leak.
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.
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
Everything excellent is as difficult as it is rare.
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.
Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool.
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
For we walk by faith, not by sight
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.
Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.
Gravity is only the bark of wisdom's tree; but it preserves it
Great acts are made up of small deeds.
Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.
He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason.
He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.
He who can destroy a thing, can control a thing.
He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to.
He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.
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.
He who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.
How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him.
I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.
I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.
I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference.
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.
I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.
I have already joined myself in marriage to a husband, namely the kingdom of England.
I have had good experience and trial of this world...I know what it is to be a subject, what to be a sovereign, what to have good neighbours, and sometimes meet evil willers. I have found treason in trust, seen great benefits little regarded.
I have no desire to make windows into mens souls
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
I know I am but mortal and so therewhilst prepare myself for death, whensoever it shall please God to send it.
I mistrust the judgement of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned.
I think about the meaning of pain. Pain is personal. It really belongs to the one feeling it. Probably the only thing that is your own. I like mine.
I think, therefore I am.
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them.
I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
I've never known any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.
If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.
If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.
If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
If we know exactly where we're going, exactly how to get there, and exactly what we'll see along the way, we won't learn anything.
If you are a parent, open doors to unknown directions to the child so he can explore. Don't make him afraid of the unknown,give him support.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
If you buy what you do not need, you will need what you cannot buy.
If you do not know the laws of right conduct, you cannot form your character.
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.
If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.
If you don't know where you're from, you'll have a hard time saying where you're going.
If you don't like someone's story, write your own.
If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.
If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.
If you have no problems, then you have no clue to what is going.
If you meditate, sooner or later you will come upon love. If you meditate deeply, sooner or later you will start feeling a tremendous love arising in you that you have never known before.
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.
If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
If you're happy, don't worry you'll get over it.
Immoderate desire is the mark of a child, not a man.
In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.
In anger we should refrain both from speech and action.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
In moments of great grief, that’s where you look and immerse yourself. You realise you are not immortal, you are not a god, you are part of the natural world and you come to accept that.
In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first
In the East, all the religions preach egolessness. So in the East, everybody is against the ego from the very beginning.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
Instinct is a marvellous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.
Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
Intelligence is a moral category.
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
It has seemed to be more necessary to have regard to the weight of words rather than to their number.
It is a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue.
It is a wise man that does know the contented man is never poor, whilst the discontented man is never rich.
It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance.
It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
It is divinity that shapes, not only your ends, but also your acts, your words and thoughts.
It is easy to be brave at a safe distance.
It is hard to fight desire; but to control it is the sign of a reasonable man.
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
It is necessary to keep one's compass in one's eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges.
It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
It is not the strength, but the duration, of great sentiments that makes great men.
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
It is tact that is golden, not silence.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important.
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
It takes a great man to be a good listener.
It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.
It was a melancholy secret that reality can arouse desires but never satisfy them.
It's not a question of learning much.On the contrary.It's a question of UNLEARNING much.
It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.
Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
Judge not unless you judge yourself.
Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
Kind words don't cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens
Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.
Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.
Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power.
Let him who would move the world first move himself.
Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.
Let there be spaces in your togetherness.
Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.
Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
Love make us poets, and the approach of death should make us philosophers.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
Man is not the creature of circumstances, Circumstances are the creatures of men.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
Man's sensitivity to the little things and insensitivity to the greatest are the signs of a strange disorder.
Medicine heals diseases of the body, wisdom frees the soul from passions.
Meditation will bring you sensitivity, a great sense of belonging to the world. It is our world - the stars are ours, and we are not foreigners here. We are part of it, we are the heart of it.
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive.
Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed possible
Most of what matters in our lives takes place in our absence.
Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
My meditation is simple. It does not require any complex practices. It is simple. It is singing. It is dancing. It is sitting silently.
Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy
Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they've got nothing to lose.
Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.
Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.
No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care
Nobody has the power to take two steps together; you can take only one step at a time.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
Nothing is as easy as it looks.
Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.
Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength
Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
One just needs a little alertness to see and find out: Life is really a great cosmic laughter.
One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.
One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
One new feature or fresh take can change everything.
One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
One who loses wealth loses much. One who loses a friend loses more. But one who loses courage loses all.
Only from the heart can you touch the sky.
Only idiots refuse to change their minds.
Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives.
Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.
Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.
Rational discussion is useful only when there is a significant base of shared assumptions.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Resist much. Obey little.
Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.
Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
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.
So whenever a Western seeker reaches to an understanding that ego is the problem, he can easily dissolve it, more easily than any Eastern seeker.
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity.
Stupidity is a talent for misconception.
Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.
Take care of the pieces well. The whole will take care of itself.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.
Tell the truth. Sing with passion. Work with laughter. Love with heart. 'Cause that's all that matters in the end.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.
The best way to see Faith is to shut the eye of Reason.
The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?
The cure for pain is in the pain.
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
The ethos of redemption is realized in self-mastery, by means of temperance, that is, continence of desires.
The experience gathered from books, though often valuable,is but the nature of learning whereas the experience gained from actual life is of the nature of wisdom.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
The first thing you'll have to do, is the last thing you wished.
The future is uncertain but the end is always near.
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you think you can only do a little
The greatest of wealth is the richness of the soul.
The greatest power we have is the power of choice.
The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.
The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.
The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.
The lie is a condition of life.
The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when showing someone.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
The object of the superior man is truth.
The oldest, shortest words- 'yes' and 'no'- are those which require the most thought.
The one you buy will be the only one that doesn't work.
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
The only real laughter comes from despair.
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.
The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
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.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
There is a wisdom of the head, and... there is a wisdom of the heart.
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.
There is no question climate change is happening. The only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it.
There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
Think globally, act locally.
Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it.
This is something basic to be understood: the ego must come to a peak, it must be strong, it must have attained an integrity only then can you dissolve it.
Those who can not change their minds can not change anything.
Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.
Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.
Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.
Those who see the invisible can do the impossible.
Thought can be so seductive and hypnotic that it absorbs your attention totally, so you become your thoughts.
Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.
Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.
Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.
Time wounds all heels.
Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
To a wise and good man the whole earth is his fatherland.
To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.
To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact
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
To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.
True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.
Turn your wounds into wisdom.
Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
We never see ourselves as others see us.
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.
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.
We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.
What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.
What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality.
What can't be cured must be endured.
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
What you're thinking is what you're becoming.
What's done can't be undone.
What's real and what's true aren't necessarily the same.
Whatever it is you're seeking won't come in the form you're expecting.
Whatever the mind of man creates, should be controlled by man's character
Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.
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'.
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.
When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.
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.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
When you learn, teach, when you get, give.
When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.
Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.
Where you stand depends on where you sit.
Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
Wisdom begins at the end.
Wisdom is not the product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
Wisdom... comes not from age, but from education and learning.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
Work is the price which is paid for reputation.
Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.
Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but I feel more lonely in a crowed room with boring people than I feel on my own.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.
You always admire what you really don't understand.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
You can be rich in spirit, kindness, love and all those things that you can't put a dollar sign on.
You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.
You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.
You don't become what you want, you become what you believe
You don't want to lose your old friend - the misery - You have invested too much into false - Hence the fear to be exposed -to be true - to be naked as you are.
You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
You laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same.
You place too much importance... on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!
You want a love which is born out of meditation, not born out of the mind.
Your inner world has its own taste, has its own fragrance, has its own light. And it is utterly silent.
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.
Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.