Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.
Where you stand depends on where you sit.
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
If you don’t know who you are, a university is an expensive place to find out.
The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense; he is always satisfied with himself.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
Sometimes, you have to stop trying to force it, walk away and let your subconscious show you the way. Fill up on life for a while.
It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
After all, the wrong road always leads somewhere.
A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn’t be anything for us to do.
You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
To judge a man by his weakest link or deed is like judging the power of the ocean by one wave.
Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave ’em all over everything you do.
When things go wrong, don’t go with them.
Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
Silence is sometimes the best answer.
An open heart is an open mind.
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
I neither believe nor disbelieve anything.
Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people.
One murder makes a villain, millions a hero. Numbers sanctify.
A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.
Simplicity is a difficult thing to achieve.
There is no present and future of the lazy.
No one can defeat a powerful mind.
The poor wish for wealth, animals for the faculty of speech, men for heaven and godly persons for liberation.
We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future; Men of discernment deal only with the present moment.