Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
A human being is a deciding being.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
Our true nationality is mankind.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
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.
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.
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.
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
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.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.