Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Imagine two worlds, one with you and one without you. What's the difference between the two worlds? Maximize the difference. That's the meaning of your life.
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.
We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, bring others along.
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
What is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
People calculate too much and think too little.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
If I finish a book a week, I will read only a few thousand books in my lifetime, about a tenth of a percent of the contents of the greatest libraries of our time. The trick is to know which books to read.
Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.
It's not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.