Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
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 man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
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.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
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.
It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.