Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
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.
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.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
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.
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.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
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.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
People fall forward to success.
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.
Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in the order of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.