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.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in the order of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
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.
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.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.