The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
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.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
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.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
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.
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.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
The U.S. Census Bureau acknowledged this fact when it reported that those with a bachelor's degree earn on average $1 million more over their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
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.
A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.