A proof tells us where to concentrate our doubts.
Act quickly... but not too quickly.
Actions speak louder than words.
Anger is a thief who steals away the nice moments.
Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.
Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
And finds, with keen discriminating sight,
Black's not so black; - nor white so very white.
A day without an argument is like an egg without salt.
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.
Action may not always bring happiness ... but there is no happiness without action.
Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.
Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
A tart temper mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
Highly educated bores are by far the worst; they know so much, in such fiendish detail, to be boring about.
Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth.
I think writing about unhappiness is probably the source of my popularity, if I have any-after all, most people are unhappy, don't you think?
Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, and don't have any kids yourself.
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in.
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.
Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control. If you are not honest at all everybody hates you, and if you are absolutely honest you get martyred.
Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity.
There is always a comforting thought in time of trouble when it is not our trouble.
Don't talk about yourself, it will be done when you leave.
The thing I fear most is fear.
Fear leads to self-doubt, which is the worst enemy of creativity.
In 1969 I published a small book on Humility. It was a pioneering work which has not, to my knowledge, been superseded.
The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.
Some things are so unexpected that no one is prepared for them.
Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.
Children are given us to discourage our better emotions.
Man is born with rainbows in his heart and you'll never read him unless you consider rainbows.
Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet.
If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.
Happiness is a warm puppy.
In a dream you are never eighty.
It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
The joy that isn't shared dies young.
I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
for grief is proud and makes his owner stoop.
To me and to the state of my great grief
let kings assemble; for my grief's so great
that no supporter but the huge firm earth
Can hold it up:
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
Fear cannot be without some hope nor hope without some fear.
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
Confidence, like the soul, never returns, whence it has departed.
Courage comes by being brave; fear comes by holding back.
Cruelty is fed, not weakened, by tears.
The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise.
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone.
I can resist everything except temptation.
I only care to see doctors when I am in perfect health; then they comfort one, but when one is ill they are most depressing.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us find ourselves looking up at the stars.
Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.