Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas.
This world is a prison for the Faithful, but a Paradise for unbelievers.
If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
If the whole existence is one, and if the existence goes on taking care of trees, of animals, of mountains, of oceans - from the smallest blade of grass to the biggest star - then it will take care of you too. Why be possessive? The possessiveness shows simply one thing - that you cannot trust existence. You have to arrange separate security for yourself, safety for yourself; you cannot trust existence. Non-possessiveness is basically trust in existence. There is no need to possess, because the whole is already ours.
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
If you feel like crying, cry for it is a beautiful way of expressing yourSelf
A relationship is like a rose, How long it lasts, no one knows; Love can erase an awful past, Love can be yours, you'll see at last; To feel that love, it makes you sigh, To have it leave, you'd rather die; You hope you've found that special rose, 'Cause you love and care for the one you chose.
What is published in the Arab world is not always subjected to serious standards of criticism. Vast quantities of stuff get into print. There is a confusion which reflects a general situation.
Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.
Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations.
I hold that the mark of a genuine idea is that its possibility can be proved, either a priori by conceiving its cause or reason, or a posteriori when experience teaches us that it is in fact in nature. ... It is a good thing to proceed in order and to establish propositions. This is the way to gain ground and to progress with certainty.
The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause.
No man who know aught can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free.
A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
Listen more than you speak, for listening will teach you more than speaking.
He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.