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.
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.
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 that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
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.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
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.
Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.
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.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
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.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission