1. The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
  2. The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
  3. The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.
  4. The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
  5. The basic Buddhist stand on the question of equality between the genders is age-old. At the highest tantric levels, at the highest esoteric level, you must respect women: every woman.
  6. The Tibetan people will need to determine who the next reincarnation of the Dalai Lama is.
  7. The Dalai Lama is just a temporal leader of Tibet.
  8. The Chinese government wants me to say that for many centuries Tibet has been part of China. Even if I make that statement, many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change past history. History is history.
  9. Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
  10. Some scientists believe climate change is the cause of unprecedented melting of the North Pole, and that effects these very uncertain weather patterns. I think we should listen to those scientists and experts.
  11. Some mischievous people always there. Last several thousand years, always there. In future, also.
  12. Sleep is the best meditation.
  13. Religion, any religion, no matter what sort of wonderful religion, never be universal. So now education is universal, so we have to sort of find ways and means through education system, from kindergarten up to university level, to make awareness these good things, the values, inner values.
  14. Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy. In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety.
  15. Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
  16. Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
  17. Open-minded people tend to be interested in Buddhism because Buddha urged people to investigate things – he didn’t just command them to believe.
  18. One thing I want to make clear, as far as my own rebirth is concerned, the final authority is myself and no one else, and obviously not China’s Communists.
  19. Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.
  20. Of course, when I say that human nature is gentleness, it is not 100 percent so. Every human being has that nature, but there are many people acting against their nature, being false.
  21. Number of people have said to me, after hearing your thinking, their mind becomes much more happier.
  22. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
  23. My main hope is eventually, in modern education field, introduce education about warm-heartedness, not based on religion, but based on common experience and a common sort of sense, and then scientific finding.
  24. My main concern is meeting with public because my main commitment, main interest is promotion of human value, human affection, compassion and religious harmony.
  25. My faith helps me overcome such negative emotions and find my equilibrium.
  26. My desire to devolve authority has nothing to do with a wish to shirk responsibility.
  27. My aim is to create a happy society with genuine friendship. Friendship between Tibetan and Chinese peoples is very essential.
  28. More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other’s well-being, is source of happiness.
  29. Many Tibetans sacrifice their lives.
  30. Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
  31. Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
  32. Logically, harmony must come from the heart… Harmony very much based on trust. As soon as use force, creates fear. Fear and trust cannot go together.
  33. It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.
  34. It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.
  35. It is difficult to violently suppress people in the long run, as the example of the Soviet Union and the Eastern European countries has shown.
  36. In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
  37. In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.
  38. In order to become prosperous, a person must initially work very hard, so he or she has to sacrifice a lot of leisure time.
  39. In most cases, my visits to the West are for promotion of human values and religious harmony.
  40. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
  41. If you have religious faith, very good, you can add on secular ethics, then religious belief, add on it, very good. But even those people who have no interest about religion, okay, it’s not religion, but you can train through education.
  42. If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
  43. If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
  44. If some people have the belief or view that the Dalai Lama has some miracle power, that’s totally nonsense. I am just one human being.
  45. If some people have the belief or view that the Dalai Lama has some miracle power, that’s totally nonsense.
  46. If I had remained in Lhasa, even without the Chinese occupation, I would probably have carried the ceremonial role in some orthodox way.
  47. I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
  48. I totally disagree with the view that the Tibet struggle will die, and there will be no hope for Tibet, after the Dalai Lama passes away.
  49. I think there’s every reason this 21st century will be much happier.
  50. I think the self-burning itself on practice of non-violence. These people, you see, they easily use bomb explosive, more casualty people. But they didn’t do that. Only sacrifice their own life. So this also is part of practice of non-violence.
  51. I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
  52. I think really, China, Chinese, I think they really have a long history of civilization, rich culture.
  53. I think governments can’t do much.
  54. I never dreamt, in my dream, I’m Dalai Lama.
  55. I have no trouble sleeping.
  56. I have done one thing that I think is a contribution: I helped Buddhist science and modern science combine. No other Buddhist has done that. Other lamas, I don’t think they ever pay attention to modern science. Since my childhood, I have a keen interest.
  57. I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.
  58. I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
  59. I felt we must separate political responsibility. The Dalai Lama should not carry that burden. So that is my selfish reason – to protect the old Dalai Lama tradition. It is safer without political involvement.
  60. I feel exhausted if I teach too long.
  61. I don’t think generally politician come from democratic country. I think not that thinking. But sometimes little bit short-sighted. They are mainly looking for their next vote.
  62. I describe myself as a simple Buddhist monk. No more, no less.
  63. I consider myself as a free spokesman for the people.
  64. I became the Dalai Lama not on a volunteer basis.
  65. I am sometimes sad when I hear the personal stories of Tibetan refugees who have been tortured or beaten. Some irritation, some anger comes. But it never lasts long. I always try to think at a deeper level, to find ways to console.
  66. I am just one human being.
  67. I am confident I will set foot again in Tibet in my lifetime.
  68. I am a simple Buddhist monk – no more, no less.
  69. I always tell people that religious institutions and political institutions should be separate. So while I’m telling people this, I myself continue with them combined. Hypocrisy!
  70. I always say that people should not rush to change religions. There is real value in finding the spiritual resources you need in your home religion.
  71. I always believe the rule by king or official leader is outdated. Now we must catch up with the modern world.
  72. Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
  73. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
  74. Generally speaking, if a human being never shows anger, then I think something’s wrong. He’s not right in the brain.
  75. Even when we have physical hardships, we can be very happy.
  76. Even when a person has all of life’s comforts – good food, good shelter, a companion – he or she can still become unhappy when encountering a tragic situation.
  77. Even an animal, if you show genuine affection, gradually trust develops… If you always showing bad face and beating, how can you develop friendship?
  78. Disagreement is something normal.
  79. Death means change our clothes. Clothes become old, then time to come change. So this body become old, and then time come, take young body.
  80. Conversion is not my intention. Changing religion is not easy. You may develop some kind of confusion or difficulties.
  81. Computers make me totally blank out.
  82. Chinese people themselves, they really want change.
  83. China has to go along with world trends. That’s democracy, liberty, individual freedom. China sooner or later has to go that way. It cannot go backward.
  84. Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.
  85. Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future.
  86. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
  87. At the beginning when the child is coming, people worry the child may be deformed. When a healthy boy or child comes, people are very happy for a short moment.
  88. As long as I am alive, I am fully committed to amity between Tibetans and Chinese. Otherwise there’s no use.
  89. As a human being, anger is a part of our mind. Irritation also part of our mind. But you can do – anger come, go. Never keep in your sort of – your inner world, then create a lot of suspicion, a lot of distrust, a lot of negative things, more worry.
  90. Appearance is something absolute, but reality is not that way – everything is interdependent, not absolute. So that view is very helpful to maintain a peace of mind because the main destroyer of a peaceful mind is anger.
  91. Appearance is something absolute, but reality is not that way – everything is interdependent, not absolute.
  92. All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment.
  93. All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
  94. A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.
  95. Where much is expected from an individual, he may rise to the level of events and make the dream come true.
  96. We work to become, not to acquire.
  97. We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.
  98. We are punished by our sins, not for them.
  99. We are not punished for our sins, but by them.
  100. To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
  101. This will never be a civilized country until we spend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
  102. There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
  103. There is no failure except in no longer trying.
  104. The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
  105. The thing we fear we bring to pass.
  106. The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner.
  107. The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
  108. The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – it is a process of elimination.
  109. The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
  110. The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.
  111. The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.
  112. The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.
  113. The man who knows it can’t be done counts the risk, not the reward.
  114. The man who has no problems is out of the game.
  115. The love we give away is the only love we keep.
  116. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.
  117. The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
  118. The idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.
  119. The highest reward that God gives us for good work is the ability to do better work.
  120. The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls you than the way in which you take it.
  121. The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you’ll make one.
  122. The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.
  123. The church saves sinners, but science seeks to stop their manufacture.
  124. The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.
  125. So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs.
  126. Secrets are things we give to others to keep for us.
  127. Reversing your treatment of the man you have wronged is better than asking his forgiveness.
  128. Responsibility is the price of freedom.
  129. Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it.
  130. Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
  131. Polygamy: An endeavour to get more out of life than there is in it.
  132. Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.
  133. Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant – the digitalis of failure.
  134. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
  135. Often we can help each other most by leaving each other alone; at other times we need the hand-grasp and the word of cheer.
  136. No one ever gets far unless he accomplishes the impossible at least once a day.
  137. Never get married in college; it’s hard to get a start if a prospective employer finds you’ve already made one mistake.
  138. Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
  139. Men are only as great as they are kind.
  140. Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
  141. Love, we say, is life; but love without hope and faith is agonizing death.
  142. Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.
  143. Live truth instead of professing it.
  144. Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.
  145. Life is just one damned thing after another.
  146. Life in abundance comes only through great love.
  147. Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.
  148. It’s pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious.
  149. It may happen sometimes that a long debate becomes the cause of a longer friendship. Commonly, those who dispute with one another at last agree.
  150. It is easy to get everything you want, provided you first learn to do without the things you cannot get.
  151. It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.
  152. Initiative is doing the right things without being told.
  153. In order to have friends, you must first be one.
  154. If you suffer, thank God! It is a sure sign that you are alive.
  155. If you can’t answer a man’s arguments, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.
  156. If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.
  157. I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
  158. How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success.
  159. He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
  160. He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much.
  161. God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
  162. Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
  163. Friendship, like credit, is highest when it is not used.
  164. Fear is the thought of admitted inferiority.
  165. Fear clogs; faith liberates.
  166. Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself.
  167. Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
  168. Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.
  169. Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.
  170. Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
  171. Die, v.: To stop sinning suddenly.
  172. Christianity supplies a Hell for the people who disagree with you and a Heaven for your friends.
  173. Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
  174. Be pleasant until ten o’clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.
  175. Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.
  176. Art is not a thing; it is a way.
  177. An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy to be called an idea at all.
  178. A woman will doubt everything you say except it be compliments to herself.
  179. A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.
  180. A pessimist? That’s a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist.
  181. A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.
  182. A man is as good as he has to be, and a woman as bad as she dares.
  183. A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.
  184. A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
  185. A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
  186. A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.
  187. You must do the things you think you cannot do.
  188. You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.
  189. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’
  190. You can’t move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn’t mean you do nothing, but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority.
  191. You can never really live anyone else’s life, not even your child’s. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you’ve become yourself.
  192. With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
  193. When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
  194. When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
  195. When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
  196. What you don’t do can be a destructive force.
  197. What one has to do usually can be done.
  198. We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.
  199. Understanding is a two-way street.
  200. Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men, or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression.
  201. There are practical little things in housekeeping which no man really understands.
  202. The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.
  203. The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.
  204. The mother of a family should look upon her housekeeping and the planning of meals as a scientific occupation.
  205. The giving of love is an education in itself.
  206. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
  207. The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.
  208. The Bible illustrated by Dore occupied many of my hours – and I think probably gave me many nightmares.
  209. Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little.
  210. Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
  211. Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.
  212. Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.
  213. Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.
  214. People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
  215. Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.
  216. One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.
  217. Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
  218. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
  219. Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.
  220. My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
  221. Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
  222. Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.
  223. It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
  224. It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
  225. It is not more vacation we need – it is more vocation.
  226. It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
  227. It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
  228. In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
  229. In all our contacts it is probably the sense of being really needed and wanted which gives us the greatest satisfaction and creates the most lasting bond.
  230. If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.
  231. I’m so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!
  232. I used to tell my husband that, if he could make me ‘understand’ something, it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
  233. I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.
  234. I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
  235. I think I lived those years very impersonally. It was almost as though I had erected someone outside myself who was the president’s wife. I was lost somewhere deep down inside myself. That is the way I felt and worked until I left the White House.
  236. I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
  237. I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.
  238. I do not think that I am a natural born mother… If I ever wanted to mother anyone, it was my father.
  239. I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.
  240. I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.
  241. Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do.
  242. Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it.
  243. Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
  244. Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
  245. Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
  246. Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.
  247. Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
  248. Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president.
  249. Autobiographies are only useful as the lives you read about and analyze may suggest to you something that you may find useful in your own journey through life.
  250. As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.
  251. Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.
  252. Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.
  253. Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
  254. Actors are one family over the entire world.
  255. A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
  256. A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.
  257. You say it is the good cause that hallows even war? I say unto you: it is the good war that hallows any cause.
  258. You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
  259. Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.
  260. Women are considered deep – why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow.
  261. Woman was God’s second mistake.
  262. Without music, life would be a mistake.
  263. Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.
  264. Whoever has witnessed another’s ideal becomes his inexorable judge and as it were his evil conscience.
  265. Whoever has provoked men to rage against him has always gained a party in his favor, too.
  266. Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
  267. Whoever feels predestined to see and not to believe will find all believers too noisy and pushy: he guards against them.
  268. Whoever does not have a good father should procure one.
  269. Whoever despises himself nonetheless respects himself as one who despises.
  270. Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called ‘Ego’.
  271. When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
  272. When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
  273. When one has finished building one’s house, one suddenly realizes that in the process one has learned something that one really needed to know in the worst way – before one began.
  274. When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets.
  275. When one does away with oneself one does the most estimable thing possible: one thereby almost deserves to live.
  276. When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.
  277. When art dresses in worn-out material it is most easily recognized as art.
  278. When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one.
  279. Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
  280. What? You seek something? You wish to multiply yourself tenfold, a hundredfold? You seek followers? Seek zeros!
  281. What then in the last resort are the truths of mankind? They are the irrefutable errors of mankind.
  282. What really raises one’s indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering.
  283. What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.
  284. What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man.
  285. What do you regard as most humane? To spare someone shame.
  286. What do I care about the purring of one who cannot love, like the cat?
  287. What can everyone do? Praise and blame. This is human virtue, this is human madness.
  288. We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
  289. We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
  290. We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.
  291. We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers.
  292. We have art in order not to die of the truth.
  293. We do not hate as long as we still attach a lesser value, but only when we attach an equal or a greater value.
  294. War has always been the grand sagacity of every spirit which has grown too inward and too profound; its curative power lies even in the wounds one receives.
  295. Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over praised than by being unjustly underestimated.
  296. Today I love myself as I love my god: who could charge me with a sin today? I know only sins against my god; but who knows my god?
  297. To use the same words is not a sufficient guarantee of understanding; one must use the same words for the same genus of inward experience; ultimately one must have one’s experiences in common.
  298. To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.
  299. To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.
  300. To be ashamed of one’s immorality: that is a step on the staircase at whose end one is also ashamed of one’s morality.
  301. Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier and simpler.
  302. Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.
  303. This is what is hardest: to close the open hand because one loves.
  304. This is the hardest of all: to close the open hand out of love, and keep modest as a giver.
  305. There is nothing we like to communicate to others as much as the seal of secrecy together with what lies under it.
  306. There is not enough religion in the world even to destroy religion.
  307. There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.
  308. There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
  309. There is in general good reason to suppose that in several respects the gods could all benefit from instruction by us human beings. We humans are – more humane.
  310. There is an innocence in admiration; it is found in those to whom it has never yet occurred that they, too, might be admired some day.
  311. There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
  312. There is a rollicking kindness that looks like malice.
  313. There cannot be a God because if there were one, I could not believe that I was not He.
  314. There are various eyes. Even the Sphinx has eyes: and as a result there are various truths, and as a result there is no truth.
  315. There are slavish souls who carry their appreciation for favors done them so far that they strangle themselves with the rope of gratitude.
  316. There are people who want to make men’s lives more difficult for no other reason than the chance it provides them afterwards to offer their prescription for alleviating life; their Christianity, for instance.
  317. There are no moral phenomena at all, but only a moral interpretation of phenomena.
  318. There are no facts, only interpretations.
  319. There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
  320. There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.
  321. The world itself is the will to power – and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power – and nothing else!
  322. The word ‘Christianity’ is already a misunderstanding – in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.
  323. The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
  324. The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
  325. The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premises whose thousand-year conclusion no one has yet dared to draw.
  326. The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.
  327. The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
  328. The lie is a condition of life.
  329. The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
  330. The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
  331. The future influences the present just as much as the past.
  332. The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
  333. The doer alone learneth.
  334. The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition.
  335. The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions.
  336. The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.
  337. The best author will be the one who is ashamed to become a writer.
  338. The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art.
  339. The aphorism in which I am the first master among Germans, are the forms of ‘eternity’; my ambition is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book – what everyone else does not say in a book.
  340. The abdomen is the reason why man does not readily take himself to be a god.
  341. The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
  342. The ‘kingdom of Heaven’ is a condition of the heart – not something that comes ‘upon the earth’ or ‘after death.’
  343. That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
  344. Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
  345. Success has always been a great liar.
  346. Stupid as a man, say the women: cowardly as a woman, say the men. Stupidity in a woman is unwomanly.
  347. Some are made modest by great praise, others insolent.
  348. Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.
  349. Sing me a new song; the world is transfigured; all the Heavens are rejoicing.
  350. Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings.
  351. Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, makes someone a friend.
  352. Regarding life, the wisest men of all ages have judged alike: it is worthless.
  353. Plato was a bore.
  354. Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
  355. People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.
  356. Our vanity is hardest to wound precisely when our pride has just been wounded.
  357. Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.
  358. One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.
  359. One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.
  360. One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
  361. One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
  362. One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.
  363. One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.
  364. Once spirit was God, then it became man, and now it is even becoming mob.
  365. On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
  366. Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.
  367. Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man – the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.
  368. Nothing has been purchased more dearly than the little bit of reason and sense of freedom which now constitutes our pride.
  369. Not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, does the enlightened man dislike to wade into its waters.
  370. Not necessity, not desire – no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything – health, food, a place to live, entertainment – they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.
  371. No one lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.
  372. Necessity is not an established fact, but an interpretation.
  373. Mystical explanations are thought to be deep; the truth is that they are not even shallow.
  374. Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.
  375. Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.
  376. Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good.
  377. Madness is rare in individuals – but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.
  378. Love matches, so called, have illusion for their father and need for their mother.
  379. Love is not consolation. It is light.
  380. Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
  381. Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species.
  382. Judgments, value judgments concerning life, for or against, can in the last resort never be true: they possess value only as symptoms, they come into consideration only as symptoms – in themselves such judgments are stupidities.
  383. It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.
  384. It is the most sensual men who need to flee women and torment their bodies.
  385. It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.
  386. It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
  387. It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
  388. It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge.
  389. It is good to express a thing twice right at the outset and so to give it a right foot and also a left one. Truth can surely stand on one leg, but with two it will be able to walk and get around.
  390. It is always consoling to think of suicide: in that way one gets through many a bad night.
  391. Is man one of God’s blunders? Or is God one of man’s blunders?
  392. Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?
  393. Is Wagner a human being at all? Is he not rather a disease? He contaminates everything he touches – he has made music sick.
  394. Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
  395. In the last analysis, even the best man is evil: in the last analysis, even the best woman is bad.
  396. In the course of history, men come to see that iron necessity is neither iron nor necessary.
  397. In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him.
  398. In praise there is more obtrusiveness than in blame.
  399. In music the passions enjoy themselves.
  400. In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.
  401. In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
  402. In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.
  403. In everything one thing is impossible: rationality.
  404. In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.
  405. In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
  406. If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
  407. If a woman possesses manly virtues one should run away from her; and if she does not possess them she runs away from herself.
  408. Idleness is the parent of psychology.
  409. I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance.
  410. I still live, I still think: I still have to live, for I still have to think.
  411. I love those who do not know how to live for today.
  412. I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art, finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his ‘divine service.’
  413. I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
  414. I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.
  415. I am a pure-blooded Polish nobleman without a single drop of bad blood – certainly not German blood.
  416. Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.
  417. He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
  418. He who laughs best today, will also laughs last.
  419. He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
  420. He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?
  421. He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either.
  422. He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.
  423. Great indebtedness does not make men grateful, but vengeful; and if a little charity is not forgotten, it turns into a gnawing worm.
  424. God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives; who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves?
  425. God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight.
  426. Go up close to your friend, but do not go over to him! We should also respect the enemy in our friend.
  427. Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you.
  428. Germany is a great nation only because its people have so much Polish blood in their veins.
  429. Genteel women suppose that those things do not really exist about which it is impossible to talk in polite company.
  430. For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child.
  431. For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.
  432. Fear is the mother of morality.
  433. Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.
  434. Faith: not wanting to know what is true.
  435. Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions.
  436. Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.
  437. Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.
  438. Every man is a creative cause of what happens, a primum mobile with an original movement.
  439. Every church is a stone on the grave of a god-man: it does not want him to rise up again under any circumstances.
  440. Egoism is the very essence of a noble soul.
  441. Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?
  442. Do whatever you will, but first be such as are able to will.
  443. Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
  444. Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had.
  445. Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders.
  446. Behind all their personal vanity, women themselves always have an impersonal contempt for woman.
  447. Before the effect one believes in different causes than one does after the effect.
  448. At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.
  449. Art raises its head where creeds relax.
  450. Art is the proper task of life.
  451. Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.
  452. Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.
  453. Anyone who has declared someone else to be an idiot, a bad apple, is annoyed when it turns out in the end that he isn’t.
  454. And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
  455. An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.
  456. Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt.
  457. All truth is simple… is that not doubly a lie?
  458. All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
  459. All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
  460. All sciences are now under the obligation to prepare the ground for the future task of the philosopher, which is to solve the problem of value, to determine the true hierarchy of values.
  461. All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.
  462. Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.
  463. After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.
  464. Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.
  465. A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
  466. A subject for a great poet would be God’s boredom after the seventh day of creation.
  467. A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love.
  468. A great value of antiquity lies in the fact that its writings are the only ones that modern men still read with exactness.
  469. A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.
  470. A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still: you must not want to see everything.
  471. A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
  472. ‘Evil men have no songs.’ How is it that the Russians have songs?
  473. Youth is wasted on the young.
  474. Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
  475. You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
  476. You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
  477. You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’
  478. You have learnt something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something.
  479. You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
  480. You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, grub.
  481. You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.
  482. Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
  483. Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me.
  484. Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn’t!
  485. While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered animals, how can we expect any ideal living conditions on this earth?
  486. Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the door of course.
  487. When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
  488. When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
  489. When a man says money can do anything, that settles it: he hasn’t got any.
  490. When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.
  491. What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
  492. What is virtue but the Trade Unionism of the married?
  493. What is the use of writing plays, what is the use of writing anything, if there is not a will which finally moulds chaos itself into a race of gods.
  494. What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts.
  495. What Englishman will give his mind to politics as long as he can afford to keep a motor car?
  496. We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence… on pain of liquidation.
  497. We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be.
  498. We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.
  499. We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
  500. We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
  501. We are the only real aristocracy in the world: the aristocracy of money.
  502. We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
  503. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
  504. Virtue is insufficient temptation.
  505. Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
  506. Very few people can afford to be poor.
  507. Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.
  508. Until the men of action clear out the talkers we who have social consciences are at the mercy of those who have none.
  509. Those who do not know how to live must make a merit of dying.
  510. There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
  511. There is nothing more dangerous than the conscience of a bigot.
  512. There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage.
  513. There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
  514. There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it.
  515. There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.
  516. There are no secrets better kept than the secrets everybody guesses.
  517. The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.
  518. The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor.
  519. The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
  520. The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
  521. The test of a man or woman’s breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.
  522. The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
  523. The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.
  524. The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.
  525. The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
  526. The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.
  527. The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.
  528. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, make them.
  529. The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
  530. The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
  531. The only secrets are the secrets that keep themselves.
  532. The only fundamental and possible socialism is the socialisation of the selective breeding of man.
  533. The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.
  534. The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
  535. The minority is sometimes right; the majority always wrong.
  536. The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.
  537. The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.
  538. The love of economy is the root of all virtue.
  539. The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
  540. The idea of personal salvation is intensely repugnant to me when it is not absurd. Imagine Roosevelt, the big brute, preserving his personality in a future state and swaggering about as a celestial Rough Rider!
  541. The heretic is always better dead. And mortal eyes cannot distinguish the saint from the heretic.
  542. The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life.
  543. The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
  544. The frontier between hell and heaven is only the difference between two ways of looking at things.
  545. The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.
  546. The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
  547. The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
  548. The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
  549. The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
  550. The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.
  551. The Old Testament God is a person with body parts and passions. The Church of England God has neither body, parts nor passions, and is therefore not a person.
  552. The Nazi movement is in many respects one which has my warmest sympathy.
  553. The British soldier can stand up to anything except the British War Office.
  554. Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
  555. Syllables govern the world.
  556. Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
  557. Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.
  558. Socialism, reduced to its simplest legal and practical expression, means the complete discarding of the institution of private property by transforming it into public property, and the division of the resultant public income equally and indiscriminately among the entire population.
  559. Socialism never arises in the earlier phases of capitalism, as, for instance, among the pioneers of civilisation in a country where there is plenty of land available for private appropriation by the last comer.
  560. Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English.
  561. Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
  562. She had lost the art of conversation but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.
  563. Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.
  564. Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.
  565. Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.
  566. Property is organized robbery.
  567. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
  568. Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.
  569. Political necessities sometime turn out to be political mistakes.
  570. Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.
  571. People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
  572. People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.
  573. Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
  574. Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
  575. Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.
  576. Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.
  577. One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven’t and don’t.
  578. Old men are dangerous: it doesn’t matter to them what is going to happen to the world.
  579. Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.
  580. Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.
  581. No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.
  582. No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
  583. No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
  584. Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him.
  585. My reputation grows with every failure.
  586. My method of getting a play across the footlights is like a revolver shooting: every line has a bullet in it and comes with an explosion.
  587. Most people do not pray; they only beg.
  588. Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.
  589. Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability.
  590. Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
  591. Martyrdom: The only way a man can become famous without ability.
  592. Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
  593. Marriage is good enough for the lower classes: they have facilities for desertion that are denied to us.
  594. Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.
  595. Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.
  596. Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
  597. Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.
  598. Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.
  599. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
  600. Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
  601. Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.
  602. Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
  603. Lack of money is the root of all evil.
  604. Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.
  605. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
  606. It’s so hard to know what to do when one wishes earnestly to do right.
  607. It’s easier to replace a dead man than a good picture.
  608. It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.
  609. It is most unwise for people in love to marry.
  610. It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
  611. It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.
  612. Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
  613. In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.
  614. In socialism, private property is anathema, and equal distribution of income the first consideration. In capitalism, private property is cardinal, and distribution left to ensue from the play of free contract and selfish interest on that basis, no matter what anomalies it may present.
  615. In heaven an angel is nobody in particular.
  616. In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it’s more dangerous to lose than to win.
  617. Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
  618. If you’re not producing as much as you consume, or perhaps a little more, then clearly we cannot use the big organization of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive, because your life does not benefit us, and it can’t be of very much use to yourself.
  619. If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.
  620. If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people’s opinions will rush in from all quarters.
  621. If you injure your neighbour, better not do it by halves.
  622. If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
  623. If women were particular about men’s characters, they would never get married at all.
  624. If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn’t be anything for us to do.
  625. If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
  626. If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.
  627. If a woman can, by careful selection of a father and nourishment of herself, produce a citizen with efficient senses, sound organs and a good digestion, she should clearly be secured a sufficient reward for that natural service to make her willing to undertake and repeat it.
  628. If I were a woman, I’d simply refuse to speak to any man or do anything for men until I’d got the vote.
  629. If I own a large part of Scotland, I can turn the people off the land practically into the sea or across the sea. I can take women in child-bearing and throw them into the snow and leave them there. That has been done. I can do it for no better reason than I think it is better to shoot deer on the land than allow people to live on it.
  630. I’m an atheist and I thank God for it.
  631. I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence.
  632. I want to destroy ownership in order that possession and enjoyment may be raised to the highest point in every section of the community.
  633. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.
  634. I want to be all used up when I die.
  635. I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
  636. I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.
  637. I never resist temptation, because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
  638. I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
  639. I have to live for others and not for myself: that’s middle-class morality.
  640. I have a strong feeling that I shall be glad when I am dead and done for – scrapped at last to make room for somebody better, cleverer, more perfect than myself.
  641. I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.
  642. I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.
  643. I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
  644. I am a Christian. That obliges me to be a Communist.
  645. Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.
  646. Home life is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo.
  647. Hell is full of musical amateurs.
  648. Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
  649. He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
  650. He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
  651. Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not.
  652. General consultant to mankind.
  653. First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
  654. Find enough clever things to say, and you’re a Prime Minister; write them down and you’re a Shakespeare.
  655. Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
  656. Few of us have vitality enough to make any of our instincts imperious.
  657. Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
  658. Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
  659. Every person who has mastered a profession is a skeptic concerning it.
  660. Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
  661. England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
  662. Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
  663. Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.
  664. Do not do unto others as you expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
  665. Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
  666. Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
  667. Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
  668. Cruelty would be delicious if one could only find some sort of cruelty that didn’t really hurt.
  669. Creation is a miracle of daily recurrence. ‘A miracle a minute’ would not be a bad slogan for God.
  670. Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.
  671. Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men’s imperfections, and conceal your own.
  672. Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.
  673. Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force.
  674. Caesar was a man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
  675. Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
  676. Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
  677. Better never than late.
  678. Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
  679. Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
  680. Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
  681. Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.
  682. Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
  683. Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.
  684. An index is a great leveller.
  685. An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.
  686. An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
  687. An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
  688. Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.
  689. All my life affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.
  690. All great truths begin as blasphemies.
  691. All genuinely intellectual work is humorous.
  692. Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
  693. A veteran journalist has never had time to think twice before he writes.
  694. A statesman who confines himself to popular legislation – or, for the matter of that, a playwright who confines himself to popular plays – is like a blind man’s dog who goes wherever the blind man pulls him, on the ground that both of them want to go to the same place.
  695. A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
  696. A man who has no office to go, to I don’t care who he is, is a trial of which you can have no conception.
  697. A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
  698. A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold.
  699. A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
  700. A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
  701. A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
  702. A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.
  703. A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
  704. A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.
  705. A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.
  706. Young love is wild and outrageous, laughing at moderation and blinding us to common sense.
  707. You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.
  708. You either make dust or eat dust.
  709. You can’t hire someone to practice for you.
  710. You can always tell when a man’s well informed. His views are pretty much like your own.
  711. While we may lose heart, we never have to lose hope.
  712. When you have nothing important or interesting to say, don’t let anyone persuade you to say it.
  713. When you are angry or frustrated, what comes out? Whatever it is, it’s a good indication of what you’re made of.
  714. When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to fail. If you are going after Moby Dick, take along the tartar sauce.
  715. We’re constantly striving for success, fame and comfort when all we really need to be happy is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.
  716. Watch your finances like a hawk.
  717. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
  718. Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
  719. There is a fundamental question we all have to face. How are we to live our lives; by what principles and moral values will we be guided and inspired?
  720. The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
  721. Tell your wife often how terrific she looks.
  722. Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.
  723. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.
  724. Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.
  725. See any detour as an opportunity to experience new things.
  726. Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.
  727. Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.
  728. Remember that no relationship is a total waste of time. You can always learn something about yourself.
  729. Remember that life’s big changes rarely give advance warning.
  730. Remember that creating a successful marriage is like farming: you have to start over again every morning.
  731. Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
  732. Remember that a gesture of friendship, no matter how small, is always appreciated.
  733. Put a love note in his shaving kit before he leaves on a business trip.
  734. Protect your enthusiasm from the negativity of others.
  735. People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
  736. Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
  737. Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.
  738. Oh, the difference between nearly right and exactly right.
  739. Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.
  740. Never marry someone in hope that they’ll change later.
  741. Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.
  742. Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.
  743. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.
  744. Measure your wealth by what you’d have left if you lost all your money.
  745. Mature love is composed and sustaining; a celebration of commitment, companionship, and trust.
  746. Marrying an old bachelor is like buying second-hand furniture.
  747. Luck marches with those who give their very best.
  748. Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.
  749. Living big and joyful and content is almost always the result of our finding satisfaction in life’s ordinary day-to-day pleasures. And God must be fond of them, too, for He made so many of them for us to enjoy.
  750. Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.
  751. Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.
  752. Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.
  753. It’s true; once you are a father, there’s no turning back. Your heart strings as well as your purse strings are never again the same.
  754. In business or in life, don’t follow the wagon tracks too closely.
  755. If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure.
  756. If someone offers you a breath mint, accept it.
  757. I never expect to lose. Even when I’m the underdog, I still prepare a victory speech.
  758. Hope is the magic carpet that transports us from the present moment into the realm of infinite possibilities.
  759. Hope is not a resting place but a starting point – a cactus, not a cushion.
  760. Hold puppies, kittens, and babies anytime you get the chance.
  761. Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people’s bad manners.
  762. For most of us, wisdom is acquired in the thicket of experience and usually meets us somewhere along the way if we live long enough. But sooner is better than later.
  763. Find a job you like and you add five days to every week.
  764. Enjoy the satisfaction that comes from doing little things well.
  765. Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.
  766. Don’t work for recognition, but do work worthy of recognition.
  767. Compliment three people every day.
  768. Commit yourself to a mighty purpose.
  769. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.
  770. Be smarter than other people, just don’t tell them so.
  771. Be as polite to the custodian as you are to the chairman of the board.
  772. Ask an older person you respect to tell you his or her greatest regret.
  773. Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.
  774. Always have something beautiful in sight, even if it’s just a daisy in a jelly glass.
  775. Acquaintances we meet, enjoy, and can easily leave behind; but friendship grows deep roots.
  776. A true friend encourages us, comforts us, supports us like a big easy chair, offering us a safe refuge from the world.
  777. Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
  778. While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.
  779. When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
  780. What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
  781. What a blind person needs is not a teacher but another self.
  782. What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
  783. We may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings.
  784. We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
  785. We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.
  786. Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
  787. Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.
  788. Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible in bright moments as well as in trouble, we cannot fully respond to its consolations because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.
  789. True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
  790. Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
  791. To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
  792. There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
  793. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.
  794. The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
  795. The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
  796. The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
  797. The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
  798. The highest result of education is tolerance.
  799. The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
  800. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
  801. Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought!
  802. So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.
  803. Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.
  804. Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
  805. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
  806. Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.
  807. People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.
  808. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
  809. One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
  810. Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.
  811. Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.
  812. No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
  813. No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.
  814. No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
  815. Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
  816. My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.
  817. Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
  818. Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They look within themselves – and find nothing! Therefore they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves either.
  819. Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.
  820. Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
  821. Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
  822. Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.
  823. Knowledge is love and light and vision.
  824. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
  825. It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.
  826. It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
  827. It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance it allotted length.
  828. It is hard to interest those who have everything in those who have nothing.
  829. It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.
  830. It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
  831. Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.
  832. I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.
  833. I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
  834. I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
  835. I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a manmade world.
  836. Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
  837. Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
  838. Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.
  839. College isn’t the place to go for ideas.
  840. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
  841. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
  842. As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill.
  843. As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
  844. Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
  845. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
  846. All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.
  847. You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
  848. Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
  849. While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.
  850. Where there is an observatory and a telescope, we expect that any eyes will see new worlds at once.
  851. When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
  852. What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
  853. What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
  854. What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?
  855. What is once well done is done forever.
  856. What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.
  857. What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.
  858. Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
  859. We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.
  860. We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
  861. We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.
  862. We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
  863. We are not what we are, nor do we treat or esteem each other for such, but for what we are capable of being.
  864. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
  865. We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the Old World some weeks nearer to the New, but perchance the first news that will leak through into the broad, flapping American ear will be that the Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough.
  866. We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.
  867. We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones. Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man’s features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.
  868. Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
  869. Truths and roses have thorns about them.
  870. Truth is always in harmony with herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing.
  871. True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
  872. To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.
  873. To be awake is to be alive.
  874. To be admitted to Nature’s hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.
  875. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
  876. To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
  877. Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.
  878. Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
  879. Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed… Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.
  880. Those whom we can love, we can hate; to others we are indifferent.
  881. This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
  882. Things do not change; we change.
  883. They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar.
  884. There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.
  885. There never was and is not likely soon to be a nation of philosophers, nor am I certain it is desirable that there should be.
  886. There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.
  887. There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
  888. There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.
  889. There is no remedy for love but to love more.
  890. There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.
  891. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.
  892. There is no just and serene criticism as yet.
  893. There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.
  894. There is danger that we lose sight of what our friend is absolutely, while considering what she is to us alone.
  895. There is but one stage for the peasant and the actor.
  896. There is always a present and extant life, be it better or worse, which all combine to uphold.
  897. There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself; but I believe that it is in my power to elevate myself this very hour above the common level of my life.
  898. There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.
  899. There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance.
  900. There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
  901. The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
  902. The universe is wider than our views of it.
  903. The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.
  904. The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.
  905. The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
  906. The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth.
  907. The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
  908. The perception of beauty is a moral test.
  909. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.
  910. The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
  911. The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.
  912. The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?
  913. The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
  914. The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.
  915. The life which men praise and regard as successful is but one kind. Why should we exaggerate any one kind at the expense of the others?
  916. The lawyer’s truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.
  917. The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.
  918. The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
  919. The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
  920. The heart is forever inexperienced.
  921. The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
  922. The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
  923. The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.
  924. The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
  925. The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
  926. The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.
  927. Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
  928. That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.
  929. That government is best which governs least.
  930. Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
  931. Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
  932. Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker man is the nurse to the sounder.
  933. So thoroughly and sincerely are we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change. This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre. All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.
  934. Simplify, simplify.
  935. Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.
  936. Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
  937. Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
  938. Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
  939. Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
  940. Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.
  941. Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.
  942. Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.
  943. Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed by them.
  944. Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
  945. Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
  946. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
  947. Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
  948. Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are.
  949. Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
  950. Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.
  951. None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
  952. No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well.
  953. Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
  954. Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
  955. Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
  956. Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
  957. Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution.
  958. Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
  959. Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?
  960. Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
  961. Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
  962. Men have become the tools of their tools.
  963. Men have a respect for scholarship and learning greatly out of proportion to the use they commonly serve.
  964. Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
  965. May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love!
  966. Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
  967. Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.
  968. Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
  969. Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
  970. Live the life you’ve dreamed.
  971. Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.
  972. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
  973. It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.
  974. It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.
  975. It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
  976. It is too late to be studying Hebrew; it is more important to understand even the slang of today.
  977. It is the greatest of all advantages to enjoy no advantage at all.
  978. It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.
  979. It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
  980. It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.
  981. It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
  982. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.
  983. It is never too late to give up our prejudices.
  984. It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are… than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.
  985. It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
  986. It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
  987. It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
  988. It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.
  989. Is the babe young? When I behold it, it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
  990. Instead of noblemen, let us have noble villages of men.
  991. In wildness is the preservation of the world.
  992. In the meanest are all the materials of manhood, only they are not rightly disposed.
  993. In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
  994. In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society.
  995. In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.
  996. Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.
  997. If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.
  998. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
  999. If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.
  1000. If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.