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.
Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
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.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
A human being is a deciding being.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
All sins are attempts to fill voids.