No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.
If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.
Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.
This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.
The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.
Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.
Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks.
Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty.
Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace. Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice.
All women's dresses are merely variations on the eternal struggle between the admitted desire to dress and the unadmitted desire to undress.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
How many of us are able to distinguish between the odors of noon and midnight, or of winter and summer, or of a windy spell and a still one? If man is so generally less happy in the cities than in the country, it is because all these variations and nuances of sight and smell and sound are less clearly marked and lost in the general monotony of gray walls and cement pavements.
A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going, and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from.
I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colours are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content.
Once Confucius was walking on the mountains and he came across a woman weeping by a grave. He asked the woman what here sorrow was, and she replied, We are a family of hunters. My father was eaten by a tiger. My husband was bitten by a tiger and died. And now my only son! Why don't you move down and live in the valley? Why do you continue to live up here? asked Confucius. And the woman replied, But sir, there are no tax collectors here! Confucius added to his disciples, You see, a bad government is more to be feared than tigers.
Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.
Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly as he thinks.
If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live
If man be sensible and one fine morning, while he is lying in bed, counts at the tips of his fingers how many things in this life truly will give him enjoyment, invariably he will find food is the first one.
Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness.
We don't believe in the good old words because we don't believe in good old values anymore. And that's why the world is sick.
Art is both creation and recreation. Of the two ideas, I think art as recreation or as sheer play of the human spirit is more important.
A good traveller is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveller does not know where he came from.
The three great American vices seem to be efficiency, punctuality, and the desire for achievement and success. They are the things that make the Americans so unhappy and so nervous.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
The wise man reads both books and life itself.