You can't sweep other people off their feet, if you can't be swept off your own.
The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it.
A beautiful woman delights the eye; a wise woman, the understanding; a pure one, the soul.
It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience.
It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper.
In youth we learn; in age we understand.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.
The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.
The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.
The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!
Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
We carry within us the wonders we seek without us.
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act.
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.
There is only one rule for being a good talker - learn to listen.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
Things don't have to change the world to be important.
If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.
You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.
The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.
Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.
The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.
You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.