A physician can sometimes parry the scythe of death, but has no power over the sand in the hourglass.

The greatest failure is a person who never admits that he can be a failure.

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.

The ship of state is the only known vessel that leaks from the top. A line will take us hours maybe Yet if it does not seem a moment’s thought, our stitching and unstinting has been naught.

Thought is born of failure.

The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. Like a boxer in a title fight, you have to walk in that ring alone.

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.In every ascetic morality man worships a part of himself as God and for that he needs to diabolize the other part.

‘Tis not the dying for a faith that’s so hard… ‘Tis the living up to it that’s difficult. There is no such thing as chance and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.

A human being is a single being. Unique and unrepeatable.

‘Tis not what man does which exalts him, but what man Would do!

Tell me thy company, and I’ll tell thee what thou art.

Men are the sport of circumstances when it seems circumstances are the sport of men.

Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence.
Give a man health and a course to steer and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not.