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.
Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.
Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
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.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
Our true nationality is mankind.
A human being is a deciding being.
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.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
People fall forward to success.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
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.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.