I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to to dance better than myself.
When I have been unhappy, I have heard an opera.. And it seemed the shrieking of winds; when I am happy, a sparrow's chirp is delicious to me. But it is not the chirp that makes me happy, but I that make it sweet.
The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.
I listen with attention to the judgement of all men; but so far as I can remember, I have followed none but my own
There are some who want to get married and others who don't. I have never had an impulse to go to the altar. I am a difficult person to lead.
If you think you can do it, or you think you can't do it, You are right.
Poverty breeds lack of self-reliance
It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.
Life doesn't run away from nobody. Life runs at people.
Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.
I'd rather die my way than live yours.
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Associate with noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy alone. Rely upon your own energies, and so not wait for, or depend on other people.
Marriage is a fine institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.