Philosophy

What worries you, masters you.

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

The energy of the mind is the essence of life.

An unexamined life is a life of no account.

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.

To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.

To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.

It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal… one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees the others.

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

It’s very easy to be different, but very difficult to be better.

The desire to be loved is the last illusion. Give it up and you will be free.

The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.

My philosophy is: If you can’t have fun, there’s no sense in doing it.

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.

Life has the name of life, but in reality it is death.

The only thing I know is that I know nothing

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

Sometimes it’s necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.

How do you let go of attachment to things? Don’t even try. It’s impossible. Attachment to things drops away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them.

One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full. And he said, “Is it half full or half empty?” So I drank the water. No more problem.

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

In everything, there is a share of everything

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.

I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.

If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll only make it impossible.

The past has no power over the present moment.

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.

I am a part of all that I have met.

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.

Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

Seeking is not always the way to find.

I only know one thing, and that is I know nothing

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.

It’s when I am fully conscious that I ask questions.

The whole is more than the sum of its parts.

To free a person from error is to give, and not to take away.

Only one man ever understood me, and he didn’t understand me

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.