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.
Are we happy that our grandchildren may never seen an elephant except in a picture book?
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in the order of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
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.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Itís extraordinary how self-obsessed human beings are. There is so much more out there than what connects to us.
Our true nationality is mankind.