1 – A friend to all is a friend to none.
2 – Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
3 – Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
4 – Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives — choice, not chance, determines your destiny.
5 – Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
6 – For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
7 – Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
8 – He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.
9 – He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.
10 – I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.
11 – It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.
12 – It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
13 – Learning is not child’s play; we cannot learn without pain.
14 – Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
15 – No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.
16 – The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.
17 – Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.
18 – Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of time and is forgotten through the lapse of time.
19 – Whatever lies within our power to do lies also within our power not to do.
20 – Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
1 – “All knowledge which ends in words will die as quickly as it came to life, with the exception of the written word: which is its mechanical part.”
2 – “All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.”
3 – “Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience, it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.”
4 – “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”
5 – “Common sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.”
6 – “Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments.”
7 – “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
8 – “I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”
9 – “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
10 – “Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs.”
11 – “Knowledge of the past and of the places of the earth is the ornament and food of the mind of man.”
12 – “Learning never exhausts the mind.”
13 – “Life well spent is long.”
14 – “Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.”
15 – “Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.”
16 – “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
17 – “The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”
18 – “The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects.”
19 – “There are four powers: memory and intellect, desire and covetousness. The two first are mental and the others sensual. The three senses sight, hearing, and smell cannot well be prevented; touch and taste not at all.”
20 – “Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.”
1 – A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
2 – All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one workman.
3 – Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
4 – Attention to health if life’s greatest hindrance.
5 – Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.
6 – Courage is knowing what not to fear.
7 – For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.
8 – Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in orders.
9 – Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the law.
10 – He who is not a good servant will not be a good master.
11 – Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
12 – Human behavior flows from three main sources; desire, emotion, and knowledge.
13 – If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.
14 – Ignorance, the root and steam of all evil.
15 – Justice means minding one’s own business and not meddling with other men’s concern.
16 – Knowledge is true opinion.
17 – Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
18 – Life must be lived as play.
19 – Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
20 – No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.
21 – No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.
22 – One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by inferiors.
23 – Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
24 – Opinions is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
25 – Science is nothing but perception.
26 – The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.
27 – The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.
28 – The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
29 – The measure of a man is what he does with power.
30 – There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
31 – There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
32 – There is no harm in repeating a good thing.
33 – Thinking — the talking of the soul with itself.
34 – Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man.
35 – We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
36 – We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
37 – We do not learn, and what we call learning is only a process of recollection.
38 – Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.
39 – Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
40 – You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.