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.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be
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.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
Our true nationality is mankind.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
A human being is a deciding being.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.