Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.
How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
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.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
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.
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.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
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.
Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.
If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.