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.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
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.
Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
I like university professors, but you know, we shouldn't hold them up as the high-water mark of all human achievement. They're just a form of life, another form of life.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.