Where there are sheep, the wolves are never very far away.
It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
What goes around comes back around.
When a bird is alive, it eats ants. When bird dies, ants eat it. One tree can be made into million matchsticks but only one matchstick is enough to burn million trees. Circumstances can change at any time. You may be powerful today but time is more powerful than you.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
The people who fight fire with fire, usually end up with ashes.
The axe forgets, but the tree remembers.
Realize that everything connects to everything else.
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
What seems to be coming at you is really coming from you.
We are made of all those who have built and broken us.
We seldom think of what we have, but always of what we lack.
Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.
The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.
Scholars are those who have read in books, but thinkers, men of genius, world-enlighteners, and reformers of the human race are those who have read directly in the book of the world.
Truth is the most beautiful undraped.
The word of man is the most durable of all material.
One should use common words to say uncommon things.
Intellect is invisible to the man who has none.
Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.
Any foolish boy can stamp on a beetle, but all the professors in the world cannot make a beetle.
Whatever torch we kindle, and whatever space it may illuminate, our horizon will always remain encircled by the depth of night.
That man is sharp who can say what he wants in a minimum of words.
First listen, my friend, and then you may shriek and bluster.
Ignorance can be cured, but stupidity is forever.
Even from enemies much can be learned by the intelligent, More in fact than from our friends.
Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.
Self-respect without the respect of others is like a jewel that will not stand the daylight.
I am a misanthrope and yet utterly benevolent, have more than one screw loose yet am a super-idealist who digests philosophy more efficiently than food.
The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well.
Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.
Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.
The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man’s own eyes when they look upon his own person.
Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.
Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
One sometimes finds what one is not looking for.
You do not know what you will find, you may set out to find one thing and end up by discovering something entirely different.
Words, words, words! They shut one off from the universe. Three quarters of the time one’s never in contact with things, only with the beastly words that stand for them.
Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying.
Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science.
Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people’s happiness.
If human beings were shown what they’re really like, they’d either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.
Ending is better than mending.
If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.
I am I, and I wish I weren’t.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.