The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
Hope is a waking dream.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold.
Well begun is half done.
Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness.
The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
An empty day, though clear and bright, is just as dark as any night.
When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.
Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.
There is a better chance of seeing a camel pass through the eye of a needle than of seeing a really great man ‘discovered’ through an election.
If you want to shine like sun first you have to burn like it.
Germany will either be a world power or will not be at all.
Do not compare yourself to others. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.
To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.