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.
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.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
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.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
The U.S. Census Bureau acknowledged this fact when it reported that those with a bachelor's degree earn on average $1 million more over their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma.
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.
Our true nationality is mankind.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in the order of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.
It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.