Humans are different in private than in the presence of others. While the private persona merges into the social persona in varying degrees, the union is never complete. Something is always held back.
No person can ever know everything that is in the heart of another. We are all Face Dancers in our souls.
Fear invites aggression- do not show it to a predator.
In the heat of battle, heroes emerge, sometimes from the most unlikely of sources.
Wounds make better lessons than lectures.
Freedom is an elusive concept. Some men hold themselves prisoner even when they have the power to do as they please and go where they choose, while others are free in their hearts, even as shackles restrain them.
Never underestimate the power of the human mind to believe what it wants to believe, no matter the conflicting evidence.
Let pressure pass over and through you. That way you can't be harmed by it.
Opportunities are a tricky crop, with tiny flowers that are difficult to see and even more difficult to harvest.
The man who sees an opportunity and does nothing is asleep with his eyes open.
Anything imagined can be made real... given sufficient genius.
The more tightly packed the group, the greater the need for strict social ranks and orders.
There is no man so blind as one who has made up his mind.
The first step in innovation is to know that a thing can be created. After that, the rest is a matter of detail.
Let the future remain uncertain, for that is the canvas to receive our desires.
An ignorant friend is worse than a learned foe.
The Universe operates on a basic principle of economics: everything has its cost. We pay to create our future, we pay for the mistakes of the past. We pay for every change we make... and we pay just as dearly if we refuse to change.
Life is filled with tests, one after another, and if you don't recognize them, you are certain to fail the most important ones.
Facts mean nothing when they are preempted by appearance. Do not underestimate the power of impression over reality.
It is astonishing how foolish humans can be in groups, especially when they follow their leader without question.
Simplicity is the most difficult of all concepts.
She did not want conversation or company, just the presence of other people; she hoped the background drone of their lives would fill the empty spaces in her mind.
In adverse circumstances, every creature becomes something else, evolving or devolving. What makes us human is that we know what we once were, and, let us hope, we remember how to change back.
Even victories take their toll on a man.
The universe is our picture. Only the immature imagine the cosmos to be what they think it is.
We could be dreaming all the time, but we do not perceive those dreams while we are awake because consciousness (like the sun obscuring stars during the day) is much too brilliant to allow the unconscious content so much definition.
Who is truly anyone? Every person is illusion to some degree.
Any school for free citizens must begin by teaching distrust, not trust. It must teach questioning, not acceptance of stock answers.
We are trained to believe and not to know.
Seeker, who says religion is the way to God?
Even the poorest House can be rich in loyalty. Allegiance that must be purchased by bribes or wages is hollow and flawed, and could break at the worst possible moment. Allegiance that comes from the heart, though, is stronger than adamantium and more valuable than purest melange.
When we try to conceal our innermost drives, our entire being screams betrayal.
Look inside yourself and you can see the universe.
The greatest and most important problems of life cannot be solved. They can only be outgrown.
It's so much more interesting to study a ... damaged world. I find it difficult to learn anything in a place that's too civilized.
How will I be remembered by my children? This is the true measure of a man.
Any true student must realize that History has no beginning. Regardless of where a story starts, there are always earlier heroes and earlier tragedies.
Just repeating a statement often and with great vehemence does not make it a fact, and no amount of repetition can make a rational person believe it.
The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The willingness to learn is a choice.