The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
I like university professors, but you know, we shouldn't hold them up as the high-water mark of all human achievement. They're just a form of life, another form of life.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
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.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
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.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
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.
Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
People fall forward to success.
All is in the hands of man. Therefore wash them often.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.