It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.
It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
What worries you, masters you.
War is to man what maternity is to a woman. From a philosophical and doctrinal viewpoint, I do not believe in perpetual peace.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal... one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full. And he said, "Is it half full or half empty?" So I drank the water. No more problem.
To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.
For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.
Plato worried that philosophical writing would take the place of living conversations for which, in philosophy, there is no substitute.
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.
All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
Each day provides its own gifts.
Seeking is not always the way to find.
Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.
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