Work is not man’s punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
Anything we destroy in ourselves we destroy in others. Our falls lower others and throw them down; we owe it to our fellows to keep upright, in order that they too may keep their feet.
Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.
Genius, whether locked up in a cell or roaming at large, is always solitary.
Celebrate within yourself that wonderful treasure . . . true kindness.
fretting at trouble only doubles it.
[Failure is hard initially because] One knows what one has lost, but not what one may find [and learn from that failure]!
honesty dies in selling itself.
You can bind my body, tie my hands, govern my actions: you are the strongest, and society adds to your power; but with my will, sir, you can do nothing.
God has written in the law of nature that when two people are joined in love or friendship, one must always give his heart more perfectly than the other.
Writing a journal means that facing your ocean you are afraid to swim across it, so you attempt to drink it drop by drop.