The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
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.
Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
People fall forward to success.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
I like university professors, but you know, we shouldn't hold them up as the high-water mark of all human achievement. They're just a form of life, another form of life.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.