Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
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.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
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 true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
A human being is a deciding being.
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.
Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
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.
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.
A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.
Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.