Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
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.
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.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
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.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
Itís extraordinary how self-obsessed human beings are. There is so much more out there than what connects to us.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.