Revolutions are not made; they come. A revolution is as natural a growth as an oak. It comes out of the past. Its foundations are laid far back.
Only the liberation of the natural capacity for love in human beings can master their sadistic destructiveness.
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
That is happiness: To be dissolved into something complete and great.
Life is to be enjoyed, no simply endured. Pleasure and goodness and joy support the pursuit of survival.
I always get back to the question, is it really necessary that men should consume so much of their bodily and mental energies in the machinery of civilized life? The world seems to me to do much of its toil for that which is not in any sense bread. Again, does not the latent feeling that much of their striving is to no purpose tend to infuse large quantities of sham into men’s work?
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.
He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave.
Education: Being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t. It’s knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it’s knowing how to use the information once you get it.
When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.
Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.
To understand any living thing, you must, so to say, creep within and feel the beating of its heart.
Friends, books, a cheerful heart and conscience clear are the most choice companions we have here.
The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
Growth is a painful process.
As one’s fortunes are reduced, one’s spirit must expand to fill the void.
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.
There’s an old joke… two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of them says, ‘Boy, the food at this place is really terrible’ The other one says, ‘Yeah, I know; and such small portions.’ Well, that’s essentially how I feel about life – full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness — and it’s all over much too quickly.
If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse.
You can’t separate creativity from risk-taking. I think the best ideas are so whacko and ahead of their time, that everybody’s going to laugh at them. So people have to feel confident enough to just throw it out anyway, and not be hurt if nobody likes if.
There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.