Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions.
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
When you find out that there was never anything in the dark side to be afraid of … Nothing is left but to love.
You don’t look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.
People become concerned with being more humble than other people.
It’s better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way.
We identify in our experience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us.
You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.
The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.
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.
No one is more dangerously insane than one who is sane all the time: he is like a steel bridge without flexibility, and the order of his life is rigid and brittle.
Words can be communicative only between those who share similar experiences.
Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
The source of all light is in the eye.
Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.
The covetous are poor givers.
Much wants more and loses all.
Do not be in a hurry to change one evil for another.
If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs.
Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
No arguments will give courage to the coward.
Sometimes the slow ones blame the active for the delay.
The more you want, the more you stand to lose.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales.
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Look and see which way the wind blows before you commit yourself.
Facts speak plainer than words.
Please all, and you will please none.
Those who cry the loudest are not always the ones who are hurt the most.
If you choose bad companions, no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself.
The hero is brave in deeds as well as words.
A man is known by the company he keeps.
In critical moments, even the very powerful have need of the weakest.
Give assistance, not advice, in a crisis.
It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.
A word in season is most precious.
The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
He who shares the danger ought to share the prize.
Persuasion is better than force.
It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.