Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of 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.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
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.
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.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
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.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
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.
Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.