Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
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.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
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.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
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.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
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
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
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.