The test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members
To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.
Exclusion is always dangerous. Inclusion is the only safety if we are to have a peaceful world.
Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.
Love cannot be forced, love cannot be coaxed and teased. It comes out of heaven, unasked and unsought.
You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.
Only the brave should teach….Teaching is a vocation. It is as sacred as priesthood; as innate a desire, as inescapable as the genius which compels a great artist. If he has not the concern for humanity, the love of living creatures, the vision of the priest and the artist, he must not teach.
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that is where I renew my springs that never dry up.
When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail.
Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
All things are possible until they are proved impossible – and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.
Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked.
The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.
Integrity is honesty carried through the fibres of the being and the whole mind, into thought as well as action so that the person is complete in honesty. That kind of integrity I put above all else as an essential to leadership.
There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.
None but the ignorant can be bored by life. To the lovers of learning, life is pure adventure shared with adventurers.
The boundary between civilization and barbarism is difficult to draw: put one ring in your nose and you are a savage, put two rings in your ears and you are civilized.
We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won’t let them into our country.
You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.
None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.
The lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit. No two people – no mere father and mother – as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born.
What the common man cannot understand he hates.
It is good to know our universe. What is new is only new to us.
An Englishman is never afraid of being laughed at. He just thinks the other fellow is a fool. But Americans still can’t risk anybody laughing at them.