What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
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.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
A human being is a deciding being.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
It’s extraordinary how self-obsessed human beings are. There is so much more out there than what connects to us.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.