Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
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.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
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.
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.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
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.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
These are people who are capable of devotion, public devotion, to justice. They meant what they said and every day that passes, they mean it more.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.