I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
Do you suppose there is any living man so unreasonable that if he found himself stricken with a dangerous ailment he would not anxiously desire to regain the blessing of health?
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages.? Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his.? In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human.
I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.
The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.
Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.
The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.
No man can be brave who thinks pain the greatest evil; nor temperate, who considers pleasure the highest good.
The greatest misfortune of the wise man and the greatest unhappiness of the fool are based upon convention.
There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.
I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
Your conscience teaches your mind how to 'think' your heart how to 'feel' your soul how to 'obey' and most importantly your body how to 'perform' extraordinary 'acts' of charity and human kindness. Toward your fellow man.
A careful physician... before he attempts to administer a remedy to his patient, must investigate not only the malady of the man he wishes to cure, but also his habits when in health, and his physical constitution.
I consider myself a student of many religions. The more I learn, the more questions I have. For me, the spiritual quest will be a life-long work in progress.
I've always thought John Travolta is one of the greatest movie stars Hollywood has ever produced.
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
As the imagination is not a talent of some men but is the health of every man, so also is this joy of musical expression.
Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.