The soul is healed by being with children.
Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in
To love someone means to see him as
God intended him.
To live without hope is to cease to live.
Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideals, show me something
better, and I will follow you.
The greatest happiness is to know
the source of unhappiness.
It's the great mystery of human life that old grief passes
gradually into quiet tender joy.
Beauty will save the world.
Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are
fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its
If you were to destroy the belief in immortality in mankind, not
only love but every living force on which the continuation of
all life in the world depended, would dry up at once.
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment
and things left unsaid.
unhappy because he doesn't know he's happy. It's only
that. That's all, that's all! If anyone finds out he'll
happy at once, that minute... Man is fond of counting his
troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up
as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness
provided for it.
A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show
no emotion. Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is
hardly worth troubling about.
Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and
agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to
God, a moment of bliss. Why, isn't that enough for a whole
If you want to overcome the whole world,
There is something at the bottom of every new human thought,
every thought of genius, or even every earnest thought that
springs up in any brain, which can never be communicated to
others, even if one were to write volumes about it and were
explaining one's idea for thirty-five years; there's something
left which cannot be induced to emerge from your brain, and
remains with you forever; and with it you will die, without
communicating to anyone perhaps the most important of your ideas.
Lack of originality, everywhere, all over the world, from time
immemorial, has always been considered the foremost quality and
the recommendation of the active, efficient and practical man.
CRIME and PUNISHMENT
People with new ideas, people with the faintest capacity for
saying something new, are extremely few in number,
extraordinarily so, in fact.
Break what must be broken, once for all, that's all, and take
the suffering on oneself.
Don’t be overwise; fling yourself straight into life, without
deliberation; don’t be afraid - the flood will bear you to the
bank and set you safe on your feet again.
What do you think, would not one tiny crime be wiped out by
thousands of good deeds?
We're always thinking of eternity as an idea that cannot be
understood, something immense. But why must it be? What if,
instead of all this, you suddenly find just a little room there,
something like a village bath-house, grimy, and spiders in every
corner, and that's all eternity is. Sometimes, you know, I can't
help feeling that that's what it is.
Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large
intelligence and a deep heart.
I used to analyze myself down to the last thread, used to
compare myself with others, recalled all the smallest glances,
smiles and words of those to whom I’d tried to be frank,
interpreted everything in a bad light, laughed viciously at my
attempts ‘to be like the rest’ –and suddenly, in the midst of my
laughing, I’d give way to sadness, fall into ludicrous
despondency and once again start the whole process all over
again – in short, I went round and round like a squirrel on a
something more than intelligence to act intelligently.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear
To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in
A hundred suspicions don't make a proof.
When reason fails, the devil helps!
Man has it all in his hands, and it all slips through his
fingers from sheer cowardice.
The darker the night, the brighter the stars, the deeper the
grief, the closer is