All sins are attempts to fill voids.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
You may turn into an archangel, a fool, or a criminal ? no one will see it. But when a button is missing?everyone sees that.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
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.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
I like university professors, but you know, we shouldn't hold them up as the high-water mark of all human achievement. They're just a form of life, another form of life.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
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.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
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.
Itís extraordinary how self-obsessed human beings are. There is so much more out there than what connects to us.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.