On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
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.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.
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.
Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in the order of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
People fall forward to success.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
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.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
All sins are attempts to fill voids.