Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
Be silent, if you choose; but when it is necessary, speak–and speak in such a way that people will remember it.
When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.
The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well.
For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.
Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, surrounded by assholes.
You can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.
The mind always fail first, not the body.
The secret is to make your mind work for you, not against you.
Tradition is not to preserve the ashes, but to pass on the fire.
In the small matters trust the mind, in the large ones the heart.
Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.
You can have results or excuses. Not both.
I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking.
Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.
We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its love.
Thought is action in rehearsal.
Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to talking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young.
There are no mistakes.
The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it-as long as you really believe 100 percent.
Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.
The first human being who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for.
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.
People do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.
There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.
America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love.
I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow you most intense obsessions mercilessly.
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.
The most complicated achievements of thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness.
One is very crazy when in love.
Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and see how it does it.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
Only the person who has experienced light and darkness, war and peace, rise and fall, only that person has truly experienced life.
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.
A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
Art is a line around your thoughts.
We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.