, The Liberal Imagination: Essays on Literature and Society
I've always rejected being understood. To be understood is to prostitute oneself. I prefer to be taken seriously for what I'm not, remaining humanly unknown, with naturalness and all due respect
— Fernando Pessoa
Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.
— Pablo Picasso
Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Every one interprets everything in terms of his own experience. If you say anything which does not touch a precisely similar spot in another man's brain, he either misunderstands you, or doesn't understand you at all.
— Aleister Crowley
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
The first lesson to learn is to resign oneself to the little difficulties in life, not to hit out at everything one comes up against. If one were able to manage this one would not need to cultivate great power; even one's presence would be healing.
— Hazrat Inayat Khan
Each place has its own advantages - heaven for the climate, and hell for the society.
— Mark Twain
The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.
— Swami Vivekananda
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
— Marie Curie
We make each other alive; it doesn't make a difference if it hurts.
— Ingmar Bergman
To love can mean 'to love oneself,' and often love is no more than a juxtaposition of two solitudes.
— Pope Paul VI
The noblest art is that of making others happy
— P.T. Barnum
There are ships sailing to many ports, but not a single one goes where life is not painful.
Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.
Fear makes idiots out of us all, at some time or other.
— Patricia Briggs
Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer