Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Our true nationality is mankind.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
Itís extraordinary how self-obsessed human beings are. There is so much more out there than what connects to us.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.