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.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
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.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
There is no come back to caves. We are too many.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
A human being is a deciding being.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
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.
It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.
A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
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.
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.