Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
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.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
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.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.