The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help you create the fact.
To live is like to love--all reason against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
What is your religion? I mean--not what you know about religion but the belief that helps you most?
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
Life is not an exact science, it is an art.
Chaos often breeds life when order breeds habit.
Do what you will, this life's a fiction, And is made up of contradiction.
I have set my life upon a cast, And I will stand the hazard of the die.
With the rise of Christianity, faith replaced thought as the bringer of immortality.
Art is long, life short; judgment difficult, opportunity transient.
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
Everything may happen. (Omnio fieri possent.)
History is philosophy teaching by example.
This above all: to thine own self be true.
The great artists are those who impose their peculiar vision on the rest of mankind.
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self.
All human wisdom is summed up in two words: wait and hope.
All great ideas are dangerous.
Man is the only animal for whom his existence is a problem which he has to solve.
Heresy is the lifeblood of religions. It is faith that begets heresies. There are no heresies in a dead religion.
Life is half spent before we know what it is.
What is it that makes a man willing to sit on top of an enormous Roman candle, such as a Redstone, Atlas, Titan or Saturn rocket and wait for someone to light the fuse?
I desire to have both heaven and hell ever in my eye, while I stand on this isthmus of life, between two boundless oceans.
The whole life of the philosopher is a preparation for death.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?
It could be that your purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.
In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.
In our play we reveal what kind of people we are.
The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.
I say "me" knowing all the while it's not me.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
There is no God. But it does not matter. Man is enough.
To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity.
What is now proven was once only imagined.
We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary.
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
Insisting on perfect safety is for people who don't have the balls to live in the real world.
Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
Is life worth living? That is a question for an embryo, not a man.