Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
The philosophical point of view of the average man - if that term may be applied to his naive realism - has a claim to the highest consideration.
But now science, spurred on by its powerful delusion, hurtles inexorably towards its limits where the optimism hidden in the essence of logic founders. For the periphery of the circle of science has an infinite number of points and while there is no telling yet how the circle could ever be fully surveyed,the noble and gifted man, before he has reached the middle of his life, still inevitably encounters such peripheral limit points andfinds himself staring into an impenetrable darkness. If he at that moment sees to his horror how in these limits logic coils arounditself and finally bites its own tail - then the new form of knowledge breaks through, tragic knowledge, which in order to be tolerated,needs art as a protection and remedy.
Man is pre-eminently endowed with the power of voluntarily and consciously determining his own point of view.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
When Man evolved Pity, he did a queer thing - deprived himself of the power of living life as it is without wishing it to become something different.
A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
The fact is, every thinker, every philosopher, the moment he is forced to abandon his one-sided intellectual occupation by practical necessity, immediately returns to the general point of view of mankind.
The worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing.
A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.
Friendship can only exist between persons with similar interests and points of view. Man and woman by the conventions of society are born with different interests and different points of view.
Believing that the power to destroy belongs to the Creator alone I affirm... that any theory which, when carried out, demands the annihilation of force, is necessarily erroneous.
It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.
Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on. It is the force whereby we live.
The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.
You don't have to fear defeat if you believe it may reveal powers that you didn't know you possessed.
Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.
In fact, to gull a fool seems to me an exploit worthy of a witty man.
For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.