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"Pain is just weakness leaving the body."
"Many things--such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly--are done worst when we try hardest to do them."
"Reasoning is never, like poetry, judged from the outside at all."
"A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized."
"A finer body of men has never been gathered by any nation than the men who have done the work of building the Panama Canal; the conditions under which they have lived and have done their work have been better than in any similar work ever undertaken in the tropics; they have all felt an eager pride in their work; and they have made not only America but the whole world their debtors by what they have accomplished."
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them."
"To believe is very dull. To doubt is intensely engrossing. To be on the alert is to live, to be lulled into security is to die."
"Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is manís original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion."
"Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none."
"Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war. Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest."
"The more often a man feels without acting, the less he'll be able to act. And in the long run, the less he'll be able to feel."
"It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision."
"Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world."
"Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim."
"I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me."
"I don't always know what I'm talking about but I know I'm right."
"Some are weather-wise, some are otherwise."
"It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself."
"In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die, and the choices that we make are ultimately our responsibility."
"Just as your hand, held before the eye, can hide the tallest mountain, so this small earthly life keeps us from seeing the vast radiance that fills the core of the universe."
Nachman of Bratslav
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