The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
I like university professors, but you know, we shouldn't hold them up as the high-water mark of all human achievement. They're just a form of life, another form of life.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.