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.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
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.
Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
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.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
People fall forward to success.
Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
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 person's a person, no matter how small.