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.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
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.
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.
As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.
Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
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
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
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.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
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 man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.