Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
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 people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
Americans of our own time - minority and majority Americans alike - need the continued guidance that the Voting Rights Act provides. We have come a long way, but more needs to be done.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
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.
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.