One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail, there is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out no matter how dark the world becomes.
Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.
To feel much for others and little for ourselves, that to restrain our selfish, and to indulge our benevolent affections, constitutes the perfection of human nature.
A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
To be nobody-but-yourself - in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Most people are good only so long as they believe others to be so.
People of superior refinement and of active disposition identify happiness with honour; for this is roughly speaking, the end of political life.
A man can refrain from wanting what he has not and cheerfully make the best of a bird in the hand.
In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with human beings it is the other way round: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar.
Somebody does somethin' stupid, that's human. They don't stop when they see it's wrong, that's a fool.
My Son, these maxims make a rule An lump them ay thegither: The Rigid Righteous is a fool, The Rigid Wise anither.
Few men think, yet all will have opinions.
Everybody comes from the same source. If you hate another human being, you're hating part of yourself.
By a divine paradox, wherever there is one slave there are two. So in the wonderful reciprocities of being, we can never reach the higher levels until all our fellows ascend with us.
For greed, all nature is too little.
The sentiments of men are known not only by what they receive, but what they reject also.
If thou thinkest twice before thou speakest once, thou wilt speak twice the better for it.
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