Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
Itís extraordinary how self-obsessed human beings are. There is so much more out there than what connects to us.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
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.
There are four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Thatís four million solutions to the problem of staying alive.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
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.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
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.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
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.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.