The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings.
Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dress.
Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
The smallest pain in our little finger gives us more concern than the destruction of millions of our fellow beings.
A great mind is one that can forget or look beyond itself.
Rules and models destroy genius and art.
Our lives are ruled by impermanence. The challenge is how to create something of enduring value within the context of our impermanent lives. Soka GakkaiGreat thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.
When I take up a book I have read before, I know what to expect; the satisfaction is not lessened by being anticipated. I shake hands with, and look our old tried and valued friend in the face,-compare notes and chat the hour away.
You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.
People try to reconcile you to a disappointment in love by asking why you should cherish a passion for an object that has proved itself worthless. Had you known this before, you would not have encouraged the passion; but that having been once formed, knowledge does not destroy it. If we have drank poison, finding it out does not prevent its being in our veins: so passion leaves its poison in the mind!
We are never so much disposed to quarrel with others as when we are dissatisfied with ourselves.
I'm not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.
A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.
The garb of religion is the best cloak for power.
The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals. And have no hope of rising in their own self esteem but by lowering their neighbors.
There is not a more mean, stupid, dastardly, pitiless, selfish, spiteful, envious, ungrateful animal than the Public. It is the greatest of cowards, for it is afraid of itself.
Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.
Of all virtues, magnanimity is the rarest. There are a hundred persons of merit for one who willingly acknowledges it in another.
Violent antipathies are always suspicious, and betray a secret affinity.
Do not quarrel with the world too soon; for, bad as it may be, it is the best we have to live in, here. If railing would have made it better, it would have been reformed long ago.
There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.
We are not hypocrites in our sleep.
Habitual liars invent falsehoods not to gain any end or even to deceive their hearers, but to amuse themselves. It is partly practice and partly habit. It requires an effort in them to speak truth.
I do not think that what is called Love at first sight is so great an absurdity as it is sometimes imagined to be. We generally make up our minds beforehand to the sort of person we should like, grave or gay, black, brown, or fair; with golden tresses or raven locks; - and when we meet with a complete example of the qualities we admire, the bargain is soon struck.
The rule for traveling abroad is to take our common sense with us, and leave our prejudices behind.
No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.
If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you.
I would like to spend the whole of my life traveling, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend at home.
The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously, and those who have produced immortal works have done so without knowing how or why.
I can enjoy society in a room; but out of doors, nature is company enough for me
Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.
The best part of our lives we pass in counting on what is to come.
The only impeccable writers are those who never wrote.
People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel.
Persons without education certainly do not want either acuteness or strength of mind in what concerns themselves, or in things immediately within their observation; but they have no power of abstraction, no general standard of taste, or scale of opinion. They see their objects always near, and never in the horizon. Hence arises that egotism which has been remarked as the characteristic of self-taught men.