Whoever loves above all the approach of love will never know the joy of attaining it.
Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.
A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says 'I was beaten', he does not say 'My men were beaten.'
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man's self-respect is a sin.
What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.
Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.
Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures-in this century as in others our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together.
Once men are caught up in an event, they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.
War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.
Tell me who admires and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.