A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
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.
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.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
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.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
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.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
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.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
There are four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Thatís four million solutions to the problem of staying alive.