Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.
I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.
Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.
All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.
Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.
A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?