A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
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.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
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.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
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.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
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.