Sleep is good, death is better; but of course, the best thing would to have never been born at all.
Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.
By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time, becomes good at another time to somebody else.
Once to every person and nation come the moment to decide. In the conflict of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side.
Don’t believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go.
A youth, when at home, should be filial and, abroad, respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies.
No good poem, however confessional it may be, is just a self-expression. Who on earth would claim that the pearl expresses the oyster?