It is a good idea to be ambitious, to have goals, to want to be good at what you do, but it is a terrible mistake to let drive and ambition get in the way of treating people with kindness and decency. The point is no that they will then be nice to you. It is that you will feel better about yourself.
For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.
The happiest is the person who suffers the least pain; the most miserable who enjoys the least pleasure.
There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.
Rogues are preferable to imbeciles because they sometimes take a rest.
Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.
You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.