Cheerfulness is the atmosphere under which all things thrive.
Au milieu de l’hiver, j’apprenais enfin qu’il y avait en moi un été invincible.
Je me suis forcé à me contredire pour éviter de me conformer à mon propre goût.
Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.
The rivers and seas are lords of a hundred valleys. [...] Because their strength is in lowliness; they are kings of them all.
It is better either to be silent or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.
Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.