The light of the stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So is it with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personality.
Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.
Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.
What difference is there between us, save a restless dream that follows my soul but fears to come near you?
For this I bless you most: You give much and know not that you give at all.
The giving and receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
When you have solved all the mysteries of life you long for death, for it is but another mystery of life.
Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert.
Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
You progress not through improving what has been done, but reaching toward what has yet to be done.
The tears that you spill, the sorrowful, are sweeter than the laughter of snobs and the guffaws of scoffers.
During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk. When once the risk has really been taken, then the greatest danger is to risk too much.
Nor shall derision prove powerful against those who listen to humanity or those who follow in the footsteps of divinity, for they shall live forever. Forever.
The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.
Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?
How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of goodwill! In such a place even I would be an ardent patriot.
Where can I find a man governed by reason instead of habits and urges
If you would keep your secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.
In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.
Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.