Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness.
The weakest link in a chain is the strongest because it can break it.
You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
The map is not the territory.
Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.
It's better to cry than to be angry; because anger hurts others, while tears flow silently through the soul and cleanses the heart.
No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself.
He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.
It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth.
Perhaps life is just that... a dream and a fear.
A belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
if reason ruled the world would history even exist?
Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?
Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we'll never achieve.
A man is a worker. If he is not that he is nothing.
Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love - and to put its trust in life.
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes I suppose.
When is a crisis reached? When questions arise that can't be answered.
All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
He who limps is still walking.
Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.
God is of no importance unless He is of supreme importance.
It is the duty of every man to uphold the dignity of every woman.
When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet.
The first requisite for immortality is death.
Of all things visible, the highest is the heaven of the fixed stars.
For I am not so enamoured of my own opinions that I disregard what others may think of them.
Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.
You can't, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity.
It is his clear duty.
I tell my piano the things I used to tell you.
To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.
I was taught that the way of progress I neither swift nor easy.
The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.
We follow the mystics. They know where they are going. They, too, go astray, but when they go astray they do so in a way that is mystical, dark, and mysterious.
They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart.
There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience.
In order to feel contempt, you generally need to cherish some kind of feelings.
Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
Don't trust the heart, it wants your blood.
An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.
Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.
I'm fighting against the bad poet who is prone to using too many words.
Never lie when the truth is more profitable.
Money changes all the iron rules into rubber bands.
A man's most open actions have a secret side to them.
What all men are really after is some form, or perhaps only some formula, of peace.
The window to the world can be covered by a newspaper.
People find life entirely too time-consuming.
Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.
All imperfection is easier to tolerate if served up in small doses.
We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Arabs can be elected to the parliament in a democratic election.
For me optimism is two lovers walking into the sunset arm in arm. Or maybe into the sunrise - whatever appeals to you.