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“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”




“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”




“The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.”




“The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”




“To live alone is the fate of all great souls.”




“Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom.”




“Life without pain has no meaning.”




“It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.”




“Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”




“Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.”




“Music is the answer to the mystery of life. The most profound of all the arts, It expresses the deepest thoughts of life.”




“Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.”




“Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.”




“Ordinary people merely think how they shall ‘spend’ their time; a man of talent tries to ‘use’ it.”




“Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees.”




“The truth can wait, for it lives a long life.”




“A pessimist is an optimist in full possession of the facts.”




“Patriotism is the passion of fools and the most foolish of passions.”




“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.”




“Intellect is a magnitude of intensity, not a magnitude of extensity.”




“A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man.”




“The world is my representation.”




“After your death you will be what you were before your birth.”




“Compassion is the basis of morality.”


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“Money is human happiness in the abstract.”




“There is only one inborn error. and that is the notion that we exist in order to be happy.”




“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.”




“Vedas are the most rewarding and the most elevating book which can be possible in the world.”




“The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.”




“What people commonly call fate is mostly their own stupidity.”




“In their hearts women think that it is men’s business to earn money and theirs to spend it.”




“Genius and madness have something in common: both live in a world that is different from that which exists for everyone else.”




“Each day is a little life.”




“It would be better if there were nothing. Since there is more pain than pleasure on earth, every satisfaction is only transitory, creating new desires and new distresses, and the agony of the devoured animal is always far greater than the pleasure of the devourer.”




“Life is a constant process of dying.”




“We seldom think of what we have but always of what we lack. Therefore, rather than grateful, we are bitter.”




“In reading, the mind is, in fact, only the playground of another’s thoughts.”




“Materialism is the philosophy of the subject who forgets to take account of himself.”




“Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”




“One should use common words to say uncommon things.”




“The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.”




“To use many words to communicate few thoughts is everywhere the unmistakable sign of mediocrity. To gather much thought into few words stamps the man of genius.”




“In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life, it will be the solace of my death.”




“Our life is a loan received from death with sleep as the daily interest on this loan.”


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“Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.”




“We seldom speak of what we have but often of what we lack.”




“A hedge between keeps friendship green.”




“It is difficult to keep quiet if you have nothing to do.”




“Men are the devils of the earth, and the animals are its tormented souls.”




“It is only in the microscope that our life looks so big. It is an indivisible point, drawn out and magnified by the powerful lenses of Time and Space.”




“Genius is an intellect that has become unfaithful to its destiny.”




“There is something in us that is wiser than our head.”




“The Universe is a dream dreamed by a single dreamer where all the dream characters dream too.”




“The man who goes up in a balloon does not feel as if he were ascending; he only sees the earth sinking deeper below him.”




“Pleasure is never as pleasant as we expected it to be and pain is always more painful. The pain in the world always outweighs the pleasure. If you don’t believe it, compare the respective feelings of two animals, one of which is eating the other.”




“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. This is an error of the intellect as inevitable as that error of the eye which lets you fancy that on the horizon heaven and earth meet.”




“A man becomes a philosopher by reason of a certain perplexity, from which he seeks to free himself.”




“Life is full of troubles and vexations, that one must either rise above it by means of corrected thoughts, or leave it.”




“Truth is most beautiful undraped.”




“Talent works for money and fame; the motive which moves genius to productivity is, on the other hand, less easy to determine.”




“No one can transcend their own individuality.”




“Scoundrels are always sociable.”




“The cause of laughter is simply the sudden perception of the incongruity between a concept and the real project.”




“You must treat a work of art like a great man: stand before it and wait patiently till it deigns to speak.”




“The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.”




“Every child is in a way a genius; and every genius is in a way a child.”




“To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.”




“The tallest oak tree once was an acorn that any pig could have swallowed.”




“The life of every individual is really always a tragedy, but gone through in detail, it has the character of a comedy.”




“The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.”


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“The present is the only reality and the only certainty.”




“Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.”




“It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter – an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.”




“Every generation, no matter how paltry its character, thinks itself much wiser than the one immediately preceding it, let alone those that are more remote.”




“Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.”




“Night gives a black look to everything, whatever it may be.”




“Reading is merely a surrogate for thinking for yourself; it means letting someone else direct your thoughts.”




“A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial.”




“A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.”




“If life — the craving for which is the very essence of our being — were possessed of any positive intrinsic value, there would be no such thing as boredom at all: mere existence would satisfy us in itself, and we should want for nothing.”




“No rose without a thorn but many a thorn without a rose.”




“To be alone is the fate of all great minds – a fate deplored at times, but still always chosen as the less grievous of two evils.”




“I believe that when death closes our eyes we shall awaken to a light, of which our sunlight is but the shadow.”




“No doubt, when modesty was made a virtue, it was a very advantageous thing for the fools, for everybody is expected to speak of himself as if he were one.”




“Astrology furnishes a splendid proof of the contemptible subjectivity of men. It refers the course of celestial bodies to the miserable ego: it establishes a connection between the comets in heaven and squabbles and rascalities on earth.”




“Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.”




“To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.”




“Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, “Lighthouses” as the poet said “erected in the sea of time.” They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.”




“Time is that in which all things pass away.”




“Women remain children all their lives, for they always see only what is near at hand, cling to the present, take the appearance of a thing for reality, and prefer trifling matters to the most important.”




“Faith is like love: it does not let itself be forced.”




“Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another’s money. Idiots!”




“Whatever folly men commit, be their shortcomings or their vices what they may, let us exercise forbearance; remember that when these faults appear in others it is our follies and vices that we behold.”




“It is not what things are objectively and in themselves, but what they are for us, in our way of looking at them, that makes us happy or the reverse.”




“Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.”




“No greater mistake can be made than to imagine that what has been written latest is always the more correct; that what is written later on is an improvement on what was written previously; and that every change means progress.”




“As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.”




“Ignorance is degrading only when found in company with great riches.”




“If God made this world, then i would not want to be the God. It is full of misery and distress that it breaks my heart.”


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