Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
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.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
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.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
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.
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.
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.
People fall forward to success.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.