To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others
The supreme excellence is not to win a hundred victories in a hundred battles. The supreme excellence is to subdue the armies of your enemies without even having to fight them.
The man who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself
If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
Life & fortune
I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
Don't try so hard, the best things come when you least expect them to.
We consider the events to be random if their regularity exceeds the boundaries of our understanding.
There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
Knowledge & wisdom
But your questions, which are unanswerable without exception, all spring from the same erroneous thinking.
I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received
By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for.
He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.
Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
Great acts are made up of small deeds.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
You only lose what you cling to.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
To understand everything is to forgive everything
He is able who thinks he is able.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
Wherever you go, go with all your heart.