There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
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.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.
Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.
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.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
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.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.