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.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
There are four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Thatís four million solutions to the problem of staying alive.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
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.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
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?
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
There is no come back to caves. We are too many.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.