Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
Our true nationality is mankind.
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 man is great by deeds, not by birth.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
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.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
There is no come back to caves. We are too many.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.