A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?
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.
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.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
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 is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
There is no come back to caves. We are too many.
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.
If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
By providing students in our Nation with such an education, we help save our children from the clutches of poverty, crime, drugs, and hopelessness, and we help safeguard our Nation's prosperity for generations yet unborn.