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.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.
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 world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
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.
You may turn into an archangel, a fool, or a criminal ? no one will see it. But when a button is missing?everyone sees that.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
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.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
All is in the hands of man. Therefore wash them often.
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.
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.