Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
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.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
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.
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.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
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.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.