Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
Are we happy that our grandchildren may never seen an elephant except in a picture book?
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.
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.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
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.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.