The basic problem is that our civilization, which is a civilization of machines, can teach man everything except how to be a man.
The first duty of a leader is to make himself be loved without courting love. To be loved without 'playing up' to anyone - even to himself.
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.
Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love, and of thought, which, in the coarse or centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved
The attempt to force human beings to despise themselves - is what I call hell
The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our nothingness
There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.
Opium teaches only one thing, which is that aside from physical suffering, there is nothing real.
War puts its questions stupidly, peace mysteriously.
What is man? A miserable little pile of secrets
Youth is a religion from which one always ends up being converted
To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
The most important thing in life is to see to it that you are never beaten
An art book is a museum without walls.
And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own.