Death is the great hope of all life; the desire to expend itself; to be used and consumed by its own longing for itself.
Sometimes power is all a person has, so they will protect it even unto their own destruction, for without power they have nothing.
Most people do not actually know how to think for themselves, and unfortunately that prevents them from even knowing it.
Knowledge is that possession that no misfortune can destroy, no authority can revoke, and no enemy can control. This makes knowledge the greatest of all freedoms.
In the company of the accomplished, people hope it will rub off on themselves, in the company of the misfortunate, they fear it!
Our understanding of the world around us is constantly being redefined and expanded, and so therefore, it is wiser to be passionate about seeking for truth than knowing it.
The test of a belief is not exclusively in the belief itself, but also in the intentions and actions of those who embrace it.
It has been my experience that if we make the effort to listen to people when we meet them, and work to get to know them a little, it is then easy to find something likeable in practically anyone.
A mistake made by many people with great convictions is that they will let nothing stand in the way of their views, not even kindness.
Why do we laugh at such terrible things? Because comedy is often the sarcastic realization of inescapable tragedy.
Comfort in expressing your emotions will allow you to share the best of yourself with others, but not being able to control your emotions will reveal your worst.
You may find many contradictory statements and philosophies within my writings. However, to this I will say such is life, for life is full of contradictions.
There are few surer ways to become disliked by men than to perform well where they have performed poorly.
True education is limited to those people who would die without knowing, whereas the masses in the institutions are merely going through the motions, for education is a way of living.
One of the most important things one can do in life is to brutally question every single thing you are taught.
True freedom is where an individual’s thoughts and actions are in alignment with that which is true, correct, and of honor – no matter the personal price.
Courteousness is consideration for others; politeness is the method used to deliver such considerations.
Many openly show discontentment with their looks, but few with their intelligence. I, however, assure you there are many more plain minds than faces.
While it is important for people to see your promise you must also remember that hope is the keeper of both happiness and disappointment, the father of both progress and failure.
Education should prepare our minds to use its own powers of reason and conception rather than filling it with the accumulated misconceptions of the past.
The best way to win against the intolerable is to tolerate them, for this they have seldom dealt with. Your indulgence may soften their malice and open their eyes to more honorable ways.
Unfortunately, your reputation often rests not on your ability to do what you say, but rather on your ability to do what people expect.
Freedom is not a gift nor does it simply exist for us to have, but rather it is a sacred duty, and its blessed yield of hope is born from none other than the blood of the innocent.
Truth is not a matter of fact but a state of harmony with progress and hope. Enveloped only in its wings will we ever soar to the promise of our greater selves.