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.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
People fall forward to success.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
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 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.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
These are people who are capable of devotion, public devotion, to justice. They meant what they said and every day that passes, they mean it more.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
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.