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.
A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.
Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in the order of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
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.
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.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
Johnny Cash has always been larger than life.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
Are we happy that our grandchildren may never seen an elephant except in a picture book?
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
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.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.