Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
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.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
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.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
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.
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.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
All is in the hands of man. Therefore wash them often.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
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.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
By providing students in our Nation with such an education, we help save our children from the clutches of poverty, crime, drugs, and hopelessness, and we help safeguard our Nation's prosperity for generations yet unborn.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.