Normal is in the eye of the beholder.
I am as pure as the driven slush.
Those who feel certainty are stupid and those with any imagination or understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.
(Bertrand Arthur William Russell)
A bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever.
Fear is the dark room where the Devil develops his negatives.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
Never forget what you need to remember.
Living well is the best revenge
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Goodness is easier to recognize than to define. The errors of great men are venerable because they are more fruitful than the truths of little men.
Man is only man at the surface. Remove his skin, dissect, and immediately you come to machinery.
He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me that trouble of liking them.
Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
A character is a completely fashioned will.
Character is what you are in the dark.
(Dwight L. Moody)
I've met so many people, often the scum of the earth, and found them, you know, quite decent. I am an uncomfortable stranger to moral indignation.
(William Somerset Maugham)
A man never knows how to say good-bye; a woman never knows when to say it.
God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naive. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.
(François Duc de La Rochefoucauld)
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike, and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune.
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep.
Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.