"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."
"The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear."
"The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light."
"All the luminous the colored spectacles which the world in the immensity of space can offer us, nature has produced in miniature amongst precious stones."
"I held a jewel in my fingers and went to sleep. I woke and…the gem was gone; And now an amethyst remembrance is all I own."