The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.
If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
It all depends on how we look at things, and not on how they are themselves
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.
If people can be educated to see the lowly side of their own natures, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and to love their fellow men better. A little less hypocrisy and a little more tolerance towards oneself can only have good results in respect for our neighbor; for we are all too prone to transfer to our fellows the injustice and violence we inflict upon our own natures.
We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.
Nothing worse could happen to one than to be completely understood.
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.
You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.
Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.
The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.
Sometimes you have to do something unforgivable just to be able to go on living.
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.
The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.