“When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.”

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.
“Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.”
“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.”
“Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.”
“Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.”
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else … Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”
One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.

     

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