The greatest misfortune of the wise man and the greatest unhappiness of the fool are based upon convention.
There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory.
If a man has been his mother's undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.
And I loved Frank Lloyd Wright. I think he was the greatest man I have ever met in my life.
If you maintain a dead church, contribute to a dead Bible-society, vote with a great party either for the government or against it, spread your table like base housekeepers, - under all these screens I have diffuculty to detect the precise man you are: and of course so much force is withdrawn from your proper life.? But do your work and I shall know you.? Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself.? A man must consider what a blind-man's bluff is this game of conformity.? If I know your sect I anticipate your argument.
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.
For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune.
The man who has sufficient power over himself to wait until his nature has recovered its even balance is the truly wise man, but such beings are seldom met with.
The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.
One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.
A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.
The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
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.
No man can be brave who thinks pain the greatest evil; nor temperate, who considers pleasure the highest good.
When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.
I am in love - and, my God, it is the greatest thing that can happen to a man. I tell you, find a woman you can fall in love with. Do it. Let yourself fall in love. If you have not done so already, you are wasting your life.
I believe that a man is converted when first he hears the low, vast murmur of life, of human life, troubling his hitherto unconscious self.
The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
He was a wise man who originated the idea of God.
Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion easier for people, religion must be able to alter its forms in relation to the consciousness of modern man.
If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.
The man who occupies the first place seldom plays the principal part.
Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.