You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
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.
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.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
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.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
There is no come back to caves. We are too many.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
Johnny Cash has always been larger than life.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.