"I know I love in vain, strive against hope; yet in this captious and intenible sieve I still pour in the waters of my love and lack not to lose still: thus, Indian-like, religious in mine error, I adore the sun, that looks upon his worshipper, but knows of him no more."
"Do you know what I need? To escape into the mountains, surrounded by tall trees, I will lay on the moss, and breath in the scent of mushrooms, flowers and wet soil."
"If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that it will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."
"Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us."
"It is never too late to be wise."
"Don’t aim at success — the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run—in the long run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it."
"If you’re curious and hopeful enough, great books tend to find you."
"I believe that the anxiety of our era has to do fundamentally with space."