Are we happy that our grandchildren may never seen an elephant except in a picture book?
These are people who are capable of devotion, public devotion, to justice. They meant what they said and every day that passes, they mean it more.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.