Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
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.
It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
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.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.