We believe that we master words, but it is words that master us.
Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.
Before changing your mind make sure that you already have an opinion to change.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Don't worry about your problems with mathematics, I assure you mine are far greater.
Friendships are not decided on by chance but according to our dominant passions.
Nobody gives me a better hairdo than the wind.
You vote every time you go shopping.
A man doesn't plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.
If you give the impression that you need something, you will get nothing. To make money you have to appear to be rich.
The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
The kind man is one who listens with a smile the things he knows, said by someone who ignores them.
Come friends, it's not too late to seek a newer world.
Hungry belly has no ears but it has a nose!
The best way to impose ideas to others is to let them think it comes from them.
There is no man more complete than the one who travelled a lot, who changed the shape of his thoughts and his life twenty times.
The age at which everything is shared is usually the age when you have nothing.
Speak. If only useful things were said, there would be a great silence in the world.
Elector: one who enjoys the sacred privilege of voting for the man of another man's choice.
It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
Life is worth nothing. But nothing is worth life.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
Mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off.
We never go so far as when we don't know where we're going.
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
There is an even cleaner form of energy than the sun, more renewable than the wind: it's the energy we don't consume.
Anyone who has never owned a dog can't know what loving and being loved mean.
By attempting the impossible one can attain the highest level of the possible.
Defining a word is like catching a butterfly on the wing.
A difficulty is no longer one from the moment you smile and confront it.
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
As regards obstacles, the shortest distance between two points can be a curve.
When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.
A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.
A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of.
All the treasures of the earth are not worth the happiness of being loved.
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
The whole thing is to have genius at twenty and talent at eighty.
A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place. A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of home.
You go round and round and when you stop, you fall to the ground.
We do not remember days, we remember moments.
Work is less boring than play.
What's more sadness than an inachieved work, it's a work never beginned.
If a woman is shabbily dressed it's her dress that's noticed, but if she is impeccably dressed it's she who is noticed.
Doors of the future are open to those who know how to push them.
Happiness is not at the top of the mountain, but in how to climb.
One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.
Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.
The primary objective for an educator is to produce autodidacts.
Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.
We believe only in what we see, so since the advent of television we believe in everything.
A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.
What's a year otherwise the infinite volume of a pinch of seconds?
A tragic indicator of the values of our civilization is that there's no business like war business.
My concern is not to know whether I am great or not, rather whether I am developing as a person with every day that passes.
Crimes committed with automobiles are called accidents.
Privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.
The time has no other function than burning; it burns without ashes.
The quality of a book depends on the reader.
Music is the language of emotions.
Whatever I don't know, I learnt at school.
A fiancé is a happy man who is ready to cease being so.
We're born princes and the civilizing process turns us into frogs.
At the most important crossroads of life, there's no signposts.
No need to run, rather to set off in good time.
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.
The lucky man is the one who arrives at everything. The unlucky is the one to whom everything happens.
The best definition of man is : a creature that walks on two legs and is ungrateful.
Since it's publicly known that cigarettes are dangerous, why are they sold?
Often we do good so that we can then do evil with impunity.
Reading, an open door to an enchanted world.
If you wish to avoid looking at an idiot, break your mirror first.
Women are magical... so I became a magician.
A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
A poet understands Nature better than a scientist.
Everything we eat without really needing to is plunder from the stomachs of the poor.
Listen to the forest that grows rather than the tree that falls.
Every change in our laws takes money out of somebody's pocket and puts it into somebody else's.
Butterflies are just flowers that gone a day of celebration where nature was in vein of invention and fertility.
A sociologist is someone who goes to a football match to look at the spectators.
Falling in love is the stuff of waiters.
The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.
I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.
To stay is to exist, but to travel, is to live.
Of all the passions, the only really respectable seems to be greed.
To travel is to live.
The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a fraction of a second of reality.
Fall is the spring of winter.
A forest bird never wants a cage.
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.
Walking is man's best medicine.
Love is not just a feeling, it is also an art.
Dare to know!
Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
A literary classic is one of those books that leaves the reader wondering what more there is to the story.
Never judge a book by its movie.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half sorrow.
We could have an iron wealth, we finish always to rust.
Life is adventure, not predicament.
A government is the only vessel that leaks from the top.
We use colors, but we paint with our feelings.
There are days, months, endless years when nothing happen. There are minutes and seconds that contain an entire world.
Everything to do with love is mystery.
It's in the most populated cities that the greatest loneliness can be found.
A gourmand's soul is entirely in his palate.
The best way not to get lost is not to know where you're going...
Cinema generates memory, television oblivion.
Perfume is the most intense form of memory.
A psychiatrist is a fellow who asks you a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing.
When I rest my feet my mind also ceases to function.
If you have faith in yourself, others will have faith in you, too.
We don't know who discovered water, but we're certain it wasn't a fish.
Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.
All the glory of the world lies in a grain of corn.
Close your eyes and you'll see.
Loving to know is human, knowing to love is divine.
Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.
Anything capable of being imagined will one day be made reality.
Everything left unsaid is said forever.
To be perfect she lacked just one defect.
The worker becomes a cheaper kind of merchandise with the more goods he produces.
If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.
Life is about making an impact, not making an income.
The flowers of spring are winter's dreams told in the morning at the table of the angels.
If I close my eyes, I remember yours.
A specialist is one who knows more and more about less and less, ultimately knowing everything... about nothing!
We are what we eat.
Happiness is getting on with yourself.
We are overly surprised by what we rarely see and not surprised enough by what we see every day.
The more I see of men the more I like dogs.
Stumbling is not falling.
An optimist is he who thinks that a woman has finished her telephone call merely because she has said '.....well, be seeing you......'.
I am as much interested in the smallest detail as in the whole structure.
Life is like a bus. When you turn around, you realize that there are already many who have come down.
The pleasure of habit is often milder than novelty.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.
Solitude isn't found, it's made.
If you have been happy, it does not count as a mistake.
The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.
All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.
All your wishes will be fulfilled. Sooner or later. In any case.
I quote others only in order to express myself the better.
One must eat to live, and not live to eat.
I never lose. I either win or I learn.
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.
To find a friend one must close one eye - to keep him, two.
Water talks unceasingly but never repeats itself.
The greatest glory of living lies not in never falling but in rising every time you fall.
All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.
In one kiss, you'll know all I haven't said.
A painter is a man who paints what he sells; an artist, on the other hand, is a man who sells what he paints.
Let us enrich ourselves with our mutual differences.
There are delightful spring rains where the sky seems to cry with joy.
If you want to see a rainbow you have to learn to see the rain.
Grown up? Never!
To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
It's better raining today instead of a shiny day.
Success is not a goal but a means to aim higher
If you want to know a nation, you must know his music.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
All ages bearing fruit, you have to pick them.
Being young is to have a mind that calculates and a heart that does not compute.
I think, therefore I am.
Joy is not in things; It is in us.
Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry gets the best of the argument.
A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.
A gram of shit is enough to spoil kaviar kilo. A gram of kaviar don't improve a kilo of shit.
Tenderness has moments that beat more slowly than others.
They have developed treatments for unknown illnesses.
Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.
All things considered, there are two types of men in this world. Those who stay home and those who do not.
Every rose is prey to winter.
Every individual stands alone at the heart of the world transfixed by a ray of sunlight; and suddenly it is evening.
To be ourselves we need to be someone.
The best secret to never fall is to stay still sitting.
If you don't build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.
Music is a world within itself. It is a language we all understand.
Have the courage not knowing many things to avoid the certainty of knowing nothing.
We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
The height of optimism is to enter a great restaurant and rely on the pearl found in an oyster to pay the bill.
The Earth belongs to its owners, but the landscape belongs to those who know how to appreciate it.
The shortest distance between two people is a smile.
Hapiness is sometimes hidden in unknown.
Santa Claus surely exists and he believes in you.
The best government is where less unuseful people are.
You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
Scientist is proud to have learned so much: the sage is humble to know so little.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
A good laugh is sunshine in a house.
Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
It was so beautiful that I closed my eyes.
Those who come to us in peace will be welcome as a guest. But those who come to us sword in hand will die by the sword!
Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the earth.
That which is difficult to obtain is highly valued.
Pleasure is gathered, joy is gathered and happiness is cultivated.
Grasp the subject, the words will follow.
If you want to learn, then teach.
But the universe is infinite.
Just one ray of sunshine is enough to dispel millions of shadows.
Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.
Good food and good wine, this is heaven on earth.
A travel of thousand miles begins always by a first step.
All reasoning about love destroyed.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
That which is not good for the swarm, neither is it good for the bee.
Always reserve the right to laugh the day after at your ideas of the day before.
Under the sweet honey are hidden cruel poisons.
A thought is an idea in transit.
We learn not in the school, but in life.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
Nature hath given men one tongue but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.