A person's a person, no matter how small.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
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.
It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
Americans of our own time - minority and majority Americans alike - need the continued guidance that the Voting Rights Act provides. We have come a long way, but more needs to be done.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.