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.
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.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his 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.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
More than 26,000 lives may be lost to the effects of drug abuse this year. This tragic impact is felt in communities across this great nation. Sadly many of these deaths occur among our young people.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
Are we happy that our grandchildren may never seen an elephant except in a picture book?
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
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.