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.
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.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
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.
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.
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.
We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
There is no come back to caves. We are too many.
These are people who are capable of devotion, public devotion, to justice. They meant what they said and every day that passes, they mean it more.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.