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.
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.
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.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
You may turn into an archangel, a fool, or a criminal ? no one will see it. But when a button is missing?everyone sees that.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.
Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.
All sins are attempts to fill voids.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in the order of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.