Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.
In a false quarrel there is no true valor.
Sometimes you trust someone who turns out not to be honest. There are a lot of things that happen in life that don't turn out the way you're given the impression that they will. And I think that's all kind of a con. But I think we've probably all been hurt.
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
Sir Walter, with his 61 years of life, although he never wrote a novel until he was over 40, had, fortunately for the world, a longer working career than most of his brethren.
There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.
I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.
The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.
Socrates was the first to call philosophy down from the heavens and to place it in cities, and even to introduce it into homesand compel it to inquire about life and standards and goods and evils.
Men do what is called a good action, as some piece of courage or charity, much as they would pay a fine in expiation of daily non-appearance on parage.? Thier works are done as an apology or extenuation of thier living in the world.-as invalids and the insane pay a high? board.? Thier virtues are penances.? I do not wish to expiate, but to live.? My life is for itself and not a spectacle.?I can not consent to pay for privilege where I have intrinsic right.
The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.
There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own.
Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it.
When a philosopher says something that is true then it is trivial. When he says something that is not trivial then it is false.
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke.
A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.
To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
The reader of these Memoirs will discover that I never had any fixed aim before my eyes, and that my system, if it can be called a system, has been to glide away unconcernedly on the stream of life, trusting to the wind wherever it led.
True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong.
The impressions of the spriritual experiences gave my future life its form and content.
True, we love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.