The dream of escaping oneself can be realized, in part, by escaping other people’s ideas of oneself.
Identity, that spectator of what he calls himself,
That net and aggregate of energies in transient combination.
There’s not much point in age without wisdom, or youth without folly.
All special snowflakes look exactly alike without a microscope.
The first trick every utterly unreasonable person masters is a calm and reasonable appearance.
If suffering ennobles, does joy degrade?
Tact is the art of being rude.
People with little that they want to do find a lot that they have to do.
Attention begets all virtue, distraction all vice.
Carelessness is a mild form of malice.
You attenuate your strengths by too assiduously correcting your defects.