By Mark Twain
For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold.
Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.
Without friends, no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.
Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
The actuality of thought is life.
Well begun is half done.