Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in the order of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
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.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
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.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.