By Alan Watts
He who hath many friends hath none.
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.
Bad men are full of repentance.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
Men acquire particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold.
He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
I have gained this by philosophy that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.
Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.
The difference between a learned man and an ignorant one is the same as that between a living man and a corpse.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.
Something is infinite if, taking it quantity by quantity, we can always take something outside.
Each man judges well the things he knows.
Whoever doesn’t know it must learn and find by experience that ‘a quiet conscience makes one strong!’