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.
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
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.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
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.
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
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.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
People fall forward to success.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.