A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?
The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.
I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.
Give a man a mask and he’ll tell you the truth.
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be.
I wish I could show you...the astonishing light of your own being.
If one is a greyhound, why try to look like a Pekingese?
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
We must be our own before we can be another's.
Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.
Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.
I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.
One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.
Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.
A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
The final mystery is oneself.
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