Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
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.
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.
Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.
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.
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.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
You may turn into an archangel, a fool, or a criminal ? no one will see it. But when a button is missing?everyone sees that.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.