"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else."
"The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he descends to human affairs."
"Have more than you show,
Speak less than you know."
"The criterion by which any activity must be judged: would you rather be asleep?"
"A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born."
"Critics appear to be addressing themselves to works other than those I remember writing."
"We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap."
"I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game."
"Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant; there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing."
"There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do."
"Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness."
"Someone else is happy with less than you have."