Take no revenge that you have not pondered beneath a starry sky, or on a canyon overlook, or to the lapping of waves and the mewing of a distant gull.
To become a grandparent is to enjoy one of the few pleasures in life for which the consequences have already been paid.
The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent. The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artist.
Know thyself, or at least keep renewing the acquaintance.
A man sometimes wins an argument, but a woman always wins a silence.
We realize we can't have everything, and so begins the mad dash to have everything else.
The only creature on earth whose natural habitat is a zoo is the zookeeper.
It is not that love is blind. It is that love sees with a painter's eye, finding the essence that renders all else background.
Once a man has won a woman's love, the love is his forever. He can only lose the woman.
Sometimes the shortest distance between two points is a winding path walked arm in arm.
Charisma is not so much getting people to like you as getting people to like themselves when you're around.
Basically we are all looking for someone who knows who we are and will break it to us gently.
Looking back, you realize that everything would have explained itself if you had only stopped interrupting.
Toss your dashed hopes not into a trash bin but into a drawer where you are likely to rummage some bright morning.
One learns to ignore criticism by first learning to ignore applause.
The world is as many times new as there are children in our lives.
There are many things I do for amusement, but for happiness I like to gather up my memories and go for a walk in the rain.
Question reality, especially if it contradicts the evidence of your hopes and dreams.
A good marriage is each for the other and two against the world.
Usually, when you can't overcome the obstacles in your path, it's not your path.
I count myself lucky, having long ago won a lottery paid to me in seven sunrises a week for life.
We gain no easier advantage than by relentlessly pursuing our goal while others pursue an advantage.
There are people who live their whole lives on the default settings, never realizing you can customize.
The human species is made up of seven billion subspecies each consisting of one specimen.
Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all animals who returned the questionnaire.
We are each of us born into the arms of mortality, the Lord recognizing our need to be held.
It is the fancy of every mortal that being cradled in the arms of mortality is a safe place for the time being.
Here is the basic question: Are we marionettes, or are we creatures of free will who just happen to have a lot of jerky reflexes?
First God created time; then God created man that man might, in the course of time, perfect himself; then God decided that He'd better create eternity.
If man were relieved of all superstition, and all prejudice, and had replaced these with a keen sensitivity to his real environment, and moreover had achieved a level of communication so simplified that one syllable could express his every thought, then he would have achieved the level of intelligence already achieved by his dog.
I wish to die knowing that I took a fleeting instant of eternity and fashioned from it a lifetime.
We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.
Seeking happiness, I passed many travelers headed in the opposite direction, seeking happiness.
The secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness.
Be happy, and a reason will come along.
You can't postpone sorrow, so why would you postpone happiness?
The search for happiness is unlike any other search, for we search last in the likeliest places.
To trade a childhood wonder for a plausible explanation - is there a worst trade one makes in life?
The realist sees reality as concrete. The optimist sees reality as clay.
An optimist is someone who figures that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's the bluebird of happiness.