You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
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.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
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.
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
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.
I like university professors, but you know, we shouldn't hold them up as the high-water mark of all human achievement. They're just a form of life, another form of life.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
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.
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.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
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.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.