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.
Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
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.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
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.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be