You have to decide if you're going to wilt like a daisy or if you're just going to go forward and live the life that you've been granted.
If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: "Thou shalt not ration justice."
If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.
I want to do exactly what I want to do. I'd rather gamble on the box office than beg for a grant.
Fate is never too generous even to its favorites. Rarely do the gods grant a mortal more than one immortal deed.
Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
Know, thou, that the lines that live are turned out of a furrowed brow.
Be slow to fall into friendship, but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
Science knows only one commandment - contribute to science.
We may not all break the Ten Commandments, but we are certainly all capable of it. Within us lurks the breaker of all laws, ready to spring out at the first real opportunity.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
Money is a handmaiden, if thou knowest how to use it; a mistress, if thou knowest not.
The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other.
Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee.
What you cannot enforce, do not command.
A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.
Where thou art, that is home.
I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.
I have only ever made one prayer to God, a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.
Refrain from asking what going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that fortune grants you, count as gain.
Tell me thy company, and I'll tell thee what thou art.
Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.
It is a brief period of life that is granted us by nature, but the memory of a well-spent life never dies.