Libraries are brothels for the mind. Which means that librarians are the madames, greeting the punters, understanding their strange tastes and needs and then pimping their books.
Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension.
If we are to survive, we must have ideas, vision, and courage. These things are rarely produced by committees. Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself.
Be a good human being, a warm-hearted affectionate person. That is my fundamental belief. Having a sense of caring, a feeling of compassion will bring happiness of peace of mind to oneself and automatically create a positive atmosphere.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.
Guilt is never a rational thing; it distorts all the faculties of the human mind, it perverts them, it leaves a man no longer in the free use of his reason, it puts him into confusion.
Give me, indulgent gods with mind serene,
And guiltless heart, to range the sylvan scene,
No splendid poverty, no smiling care,
No well-bred hate, or servile grandeur, there.
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he
ought to do in the circumstances confronting him.
To dream anything that you want to dream. That's the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do.
That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.
Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this; when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it.
Then the effort that I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure
and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy -- in fact, they're almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other. Both at once can produce unbearable turmoil...
Do you have trouble making up your mind? Well, yes or no?
The highest order of mind is accused of folly, as well as the lowest. Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority has established this, and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.
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.
We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.
A fresh mind keeps the body fresh.
Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday.
As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today.
All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.
He who comes up to his own idea of greatness must always have had a very low standard of it in mind
The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion. . . It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider ó and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation ó persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.
Middle age is when a narrow waist and a broad mind begin to change places.
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
The night has a thousand eyes, And the day but one; Yet the light of the bright world dies With the dying sun. The mind has a thousand eyes, And the heart but one: Yet the light of a whole life dies When love is done.