Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
I’ve always been considered an asshole for about as long as I can remember. That’s just my style.
I try not to break the rules, but merely to test their elasticity.
Keep your dreams. Live them with abandon. The moderately composed know none so lovely as the divinely extravagant.
Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.
To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature.
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
The opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
Intolerance of your present creates your future.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.
Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?
Enthusiasm is a force multiplier.
Ability may get you to the top, but only character will keep you there.
It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.
You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault–not leadership.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
There is no limit to the good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.