We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking His Quotes from Baltasar Gracian, William Blake, Otto von Bismarck, John Dryden, Oscar Wilde. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
A statesman… must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events, then leap up and grasp the hem of His garment.
Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him.
The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.
God spoke to me and called me to His Service. What form this service was to take the voice did not say.
A fool and his money are soon elected.
When a batter swings and I see his knees move, I can tell just what his weaknesses are then I just put the ball where I know he can’t hit it.
A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.
I think working with Johnny Depp was very intimidating. It was my fault though. I mean he’s a total cool nice, nice guy, but I was just so, I don’t know, overpowered by his presence. Like he’s a very mystic person. He’s older so I never really warmed up around him. I was so stiff.
The man who never makes a mistake always takes orders from one who does. No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies.
He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.
Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.
I think that is a better thing than thanksgiving: thanks-living. How is this to be done? By a general cheerfulness of manner, by an obedience to the command of Him by whose mercy we live, by a perpetual, constant delighting of ourselves in the Lord, and by a submission of our desires to His will.
Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.
What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?
Art is the window to man’s soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within.
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
The decision to serve a mission will shape the spiritual destiny of the missionary, his or her spouse, and their posterity for generations to come. A desire to serve is a natural outcome of one’s conversion, worthiness, and preparation.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and the cause and prevention of disease.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
Snoop Dogg eats terrible. That’s another reason I had to leave him. I would have been dead of a heart attack. He literally eats at 7-11. That’s where he does his grocery shopping or it’s Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles, or it’s Denny’s delivery. There’s not a piece of salad or vegetable within two miles of this dude.
Everyone is entitled to his own nostalgia.
The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.
The true index of a man’s character is the health of his wife.
The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in his head.
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.
Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.
I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars. You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy, but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince’s part to pardon.
A man is only as faithful as his options.
Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance.
How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success.
No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.
A man’s real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.
Man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those chambers upright, with the Lord’s Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips.
Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can’t be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title.
Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will, it falls opposite to the sun; short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Never envy a man his lady. Behind it all lays a living hell.
Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. He and his are not neglected by the gods.
The last great delusion is soon to open before us. Antichrist is to perform his marvelous works in our sight So closely will the counterfeit resemble the true that it will be impossible to distinguish between them except by the Holy Scriptures.
I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.
If a man has been his mother’s undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.
A man’s kiss is his signature.
There is a saying, ‘Eyes are the windows to the soul.’ It means, mostly, people can see through someone else by eye contact in seven seconds. I have a habit that if I meet someone I don’t know, I’d like to look at her or his eyes on purpose. When my eyes lay on them, I can immediately see their true color.
Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.
He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher… or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
Never call an accountant a credit to his profession; a good accountant is a debit to his profession.
The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one’s word to Christ and the Church. a duty and a proof of the priest’s inner maturity; it is the expression of his personal dignity.
What is there more unruly than the sea, with its winds, its tornadoes, and its tempests? And yet in what department of her works has Nature been more seconded by the ingenuity of man than in this, by his inventions of sails and of oars?
All mankind… being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity.
Friendship is Love without his wings!
I’m very proud of my gold pocket watch. My grandfather, on his deathbed, sold me this watch.
The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
Power over a man’s subsistence is power over his will.
Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill.
Juvenile crime is not naturally born in the boy, but is largely due either to the spirit of adventure that is in him, to his own stupidity, or to his lack of discipline, according to the nature of the individual.
I am aware that a philosopher’s ideas are not subject to the judgment of ordinary persons, because it is his endeavour to seek the truth in all things, to the extent permitted to human reason by God.
Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.
A man’s face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man’s thoughts and aspirations.
A man’s feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
At one point, I recognized that Warren Buffett, though he had every advantage in learning from Ben Graham, did not copy Ben Graham but, rather, set out on his own path and ran money his way, by his own rules… I also immediately internalized the idea that no school could teach someone how to be a great investor.
From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.
A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap.
From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.
The real composer thinks about his work the whole time; he is not always conscious of this, but he is aware of it later when he suddenly knows what he will do.
He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.
Poetry should… should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
No intelligent black man or black woman in his or her right black mind wants white boys and white girls coming to their homes to marry their black sons and daughters.
It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.
Isn’t it amazing that we are all made in God’s image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?
My dad is too cute. Every morning, he sends me one motivational quote. I have a folder full of all his quotes.
Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
The greatest error of a man is to think that he is weak by nature, evil by nature. Every man is divine and strong in his real nature. What are weak and evil are his habits, his desires and thoughts, but not himself.
I want to rip out his heart and feed it to Lennox Lewis. I want to kill people. I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children.
He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.
It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.
The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
A man’s dying is more his survivor’s affair than his own.
The artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history.
I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.
I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs.
What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?
Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul… we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.
When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.
Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
The worst thing that can happen to a man is to lose his money, the next worst his health, the next worst his reputation.
God’s plan for enlarging His kingdom is so simple – one person telling another about the Savior. Yet we’re busy and full of excuses. Just remember, someone’s eternal destiny is at stake. The joy you’ll have when you meet that person in heaven will far exceed any discomfort you felt in sharing the gospel.
We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.
Man is not a machine that can be remodelled for quite other purposes as occasion demands, in the hope that it will go on functioning as regularly as before but in a quite different way. He carries his whole history with him; in his very structure is written the history of mankind.
John Muir, the famous naturalist, wrote in his journal that you should never go to Alaska as a young man because you’ll never be satisfied with any other place as long as you live. And there’s a lot of truth to that.
You can’t sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You’ve got to throw the ball over the damn plate and five the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game of them all.
Real education enhances the dignity of a human being and increases his or her self-respect. If only the real sense of education could be realized by each individual and carried forward in every field of human activity, the world will be so much a better place to live in.
He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.
The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.
Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.
They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice… that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means – except by getting off his back.
A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.
A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.
There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true Self.
Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.
Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.
I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.
I ain’t here to argue about his facial features. Or here to convert atheists into believers. I’m just trying to say the way school need teachers the way Kathie Lee needed Regis that’s the way yall need Jesus.
Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.
One trophy is good, but two are better. That way, when a hero wears his medals on his chest, at least his steps are level as he walks by.
There is no such thing as death. In nature nothing dies. From each sad remnant of decay, some forms of life arise so shall his life be taken away before he knoweth that he hath it.
A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.
Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that called Body is a portion of Soul discerned by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.
I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it… The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.
The life of Christ was a life of humble simplicity, yet how infinitely exalted was his mission. Christ is our example in all things.
The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted, I beg his pardon.
Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.
Agrarian reform should not merely subdivide misery, it must raise living standards. Ownership raises the farmer from his, but productivity will keep him on his feet.
A person should have positive attitude in his life and it will thus reflect on a healthy lifestyle.
The way to kill a man or a nation is to cut off his dreams, the way the whites are taking care of the Indians: killing their dreams, their magic, their familiar spirits.
Man should be master of his environment, not its slave. That is what freedom means.
The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.
A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?
A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, Nothing else.
Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one’s better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act.
A philosophy of freedom must set out from the experience of thinking, for it is through this experience of thinking that a human being discovers his own self, finds his bearings as an independent personality.
A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.
Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame.
Many will call me an adventurer – and that I am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his skin to prove his platitudes.
A thug is someone who stands on his own. He lives by the decisions he makes and accepts the consequences. A thug is comfortable in his own skin. I wear mine like a glove.
I like feet. I definitely have a fetish. I love to see a man’s bare foot, but its got to be taken care of. If they’re not well manicured, you’ve got to wonder what the rest of him is like. I don’t want to get in bed with somebody and feel his gnarly feet.
There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.
Christ comes as a thief in the night, & it is not for us to know the times & seasons which God hath put into his own breast.
If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake – Aye, what then?
When she started to play, Steinway came down personally and rubbed his name off the piano.
I want to be a man who is truthful and who won’t let pride get in the way of my ripping myself open to my partner and saying, ‘Here I am. This is me.’ I feel there’s something powerful when a man reaches a point in his life when he can be completely vulnerable.
Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts.
When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.
Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife.
A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.
I think Ray Charles did as much as anybody when he did his country music album. Ray Charles broke down borders and showed the similarities between country music and R&B.
Where a man’s heart is, there is his treasure also.
When I fight someone, I want to break his will. I want to take his manhood. I want to rip out his heart and show it to him.
Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.
I could feel his muscle tissues collapse under my force. It’s ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm.
Mercy is what moves us toward God, while justice makes us tremble in his sight.
A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.
Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.
The human being is a self-propelled automaton entirely under the control of external influences. Willful and predetermined though they appear, his actions are governed not from within, but from without. He is like a float tossed about by the waves of a turbulent sea.
In the old generation, if one kid bought a PlayStation 2 and the other kid bought an Xbox, at his house you played PlayStation, at your house you played Xbox. Now that it’s online, all those early buyers who… you want to play with, they’ve got their reputation online of who they are and how good they are at these games.
I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin.
It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life.
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.
By a lie, a man… annihilates his dignity as a man.
Oh, it is wonderful to know that our Heavenly Father loves us – even with all our flaws! His love is such that even should we give up on ourselves, He never will.
No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
A gentleman never talks about his tailor.
A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.
This is me, a sinner on whom the Lord has turned his gaze. And this is what I said when they asked me if I would accept my election as pontiff. I am a sinner, but I trust in the infinite mercy and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I accept in a spirit of penance.
The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not.
Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning.
I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, – and the stars through his soul.
A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – the wishbone.
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
In the same way the sun never grows weary of shining, nor a stream of flowing, it is God’s nature to keep His promises. Therefore, go immediately to His throne and say, ‘Do as You promised.’
He who is a slave to his stomach seldom worships God.
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.
A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.
When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.
The things that have always been important: to be a good man, to try to live my life the way God would have me, to turn it over to Him that His will might be worked in my life, to do my work without looking back, to give it all I’ve got, and to take pride in my work as an honest performer.
I dream for a world which is free of child labour, a world in which every child goes to school. A world in which every child gets his rights.
There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
The mind wears the colors of the soul, as a valet those of his master.
The human bird shall take his first flight, filling the world with amazement, all writings with his fame, and bringing eternal glory to the nest whence he sprang.
Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.
Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame; Each to his passion; what’s in a name?
Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.
Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter’s identity, his style, his conviction, and then color is just a gift to the drawing.
The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.
It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.
The final test of a gentleman is his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.
Religion is meant to teach us true spiritual human character. It is meant for self-transformation. It is meant to transform anxiety into peace, arrogance into humility, envy into compassion, to awaken the pure soul in man and his love for the Source, which is God.
Trump is, in part, a reaction to the intellectual corruption of the Republican Party. That ought to be obvious to his critics, yet somehow it isn’t.
I had a friend who was a clown. When he died, all his friends went to the funeral in one car.
The person who knows HOW will always have a job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss.
The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.
Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.
Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.
We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities… still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.
Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man.
The best measure of a man’s honesty isn’t his income tax return. It’s the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
Though a quarrel in the streets is a thing to be hated, the energies displayed in it are fine; the commonest man shows a grace in his quarrel.
No man is a hero in his own country.
A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.
A good youth ought to have a fear of God, to be subject to his parents, to give honor to his elders, to preserve his purity; he ought not to despise humility, but should love forbearance and modesty. All these are an ornament to youthful years.
All the screen cowboys behaved like real gentlemen. They didn’t drink, they didn’t smoke. When they knocked the bad guy down, they always stood with their fists up, waiting for the heavy to get back on his feet. I decided I was going to drag the bad guy to his feet and keep hitting him.
A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.
He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.
Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good… Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.
Ministers should not pray so loud, and long, as to exhaust the strength. It is not necessary to weary the throat and lungs in prayer. God’s ear is ever open to hear the heart-felt petitions of his humble servants, and he does not require them to wear out the organs of speech in addressing him.
The celebrity is a person who is known for his well-knownness.
Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.
I know that a man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms from me, the rich man for the alms of my envy, the poor man for the alms of my guilt.
Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison.
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.
Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?
The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
A strong man doesn’t have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn’t match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world.
I think, under President Obama, who was a really bright guy – I didn’t agree with a lot of his politics – but we got to the point internationally where our friends didn’t trust us. They were confused. And our enemies didn’t quite respect us.
A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.
Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.
A man’s character is his fate.
Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, and seek to follow Him every day. Don’t be swayed by the false values and goals of this world, but put Christ and His will first in everything you do.
Grief can’t be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way.
A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.
He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men.
The poet gives us his essence, but prose takes the mold of the body and mind.
Like the old soldier of the ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Goodbye.
Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.
No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.
A doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn’t pay his bill, so he gave him another six months.
The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.
History is imperfect and biased, and it always, always has omissions. The most common omissions are the bits that the writer of that history took for granted that his readers would know.
Old age realizes the dreams of youth: look at Dean Swift; in his youth he built an asylum for the insane, in his old age he was himself an inmate.
He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed.
Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.
I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.
Nothing is impossible in this world. Firm determination, it is said, can move heaven and earth. Things appear far beyond one’s power, because one cannot set his heart on any arduous project due to want of strong will.
Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.
If I play a villain, I try to find his lightness and his good side. And if I play a hero or a good guy, I’ll try to find his darkness or his flaws. Because I don’t believe in good and evil. I believe in grays.
Business underlies everything in our national life, including our spiritual life. Witness the fact that in the Lord’s Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
No man’s credit is as good as his money.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.
A man is born alone and dies alone; and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.
We should always look upon ourselves as God’s servants, placed in God’s world, to do his work; and accordingly labour faithfully for him; not with a design to grow rich and great, but to glorify God, and do all the good we possibly can.
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.
Marriage and family are ordained of God. The family is the most important social unit in time and in eternity. Under God’s great plan of happiness, families can be sealed in temples and be prepared to return to dwell in His holy presence forever. That is eternal life!
The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.
I never knew whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.
A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.
To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.
Work is not man’s punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.
A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer – and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.
I’ve always maintained – a captain is only as good as his team. It is not about my leadership, it is not about me.
A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance.
Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.
A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.
Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.
He who keeps his cool best wins.
There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.
No one ever discovers the depths of his own loneliness.
Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.
A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread.
I think a child should be allowed to take his father’s or mother’s name at will on coming of age. Paternity is a legal fiction.
Eve was not taken out of Adam’s head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.
I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap.
If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.
Of course God will forgive me; that’s His job.
Without a sign, his sword the brave man draws, and asks no omen, but his country’s cause.
A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.
I’m sickened by all religions. Religion has divided people. I don’t think there’s any difference between the pope wearing a large hat and parading around with a smoking purse and an African painting his face white and praying to a rock.
Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.
No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.
God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform. He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.
The injury that we do to a man must be such that we need not fear his vengeance.
The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.
That’s what people respect, the fact that I wasn’t a chump that laid on his back and gave up.
He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish.
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
To array a man’s will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.
Man is a creature who walks in two worlds and traces upon the walls of his cave the wonders and the nightmare experiences of his spiritual pilgrimage.
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive.
No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies.
It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.’
Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.
He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
Human beings are born solitary, but everywhere they are in chains – daisy chains – of interactivity. Social actions are makeshift forms, often courageous, sometimes ridiculous, always strange. And in a way, every social action is a negotiation, a compromise between ‘his,’ ‘her’ or ‘their’ wish and yours.
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.
He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
Consistency is the most overrated of all human virtues… I’m someone who changes his mind all the time.
No man goes before his time – unless the boss leaves early.
A man has always to be busy with his thoughts if anything is to be accomplished.
A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.
Happy the man whose wish and care a few paternal acres bound, content to breathe his native air in his own ground.
Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.
Dr. Einstein was not successful in school, but he found something in the air from his own imagination and his own brain power, and look what he did.
When I go, God’s going to have to give up his favourite chair.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.
In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?
The male, for all his bravado and exploration, is the loyal one, the one who generally feels love. The female is skilled at betrayal and torture and damnation.
If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice. And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and to take up His Cross.
The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.
Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.
God will use whatever he wants to display his glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations. People and problems.
A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.
Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
A man’s house is his castle.
It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.
An ambassador is an honest man sent abroad to lie and intrigue for the benefit of his country.
The world runs on individuals pursuing their self interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a, from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
I want to take Justin Bieber for a month and just lock him up in a cage where we sit and make music. He’s one of the most successful people in the world, but his music could be so much tighter.
Man’s greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
I did not write it. God wrote it. I merely did his dictation.
Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet.
God is so unique in giving His people ways to fellowship, witness, and remember what a mighty and merciful God He is.
The home to everyone is to him his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose.
Fereydun, that’s my dad’s name. My grandmother, my dad’s mom, when she was pregnant, she was dating a man from Persia, a Persian gentleman. It wasn’t his child, but he was still very supportive and said, ‘Hey, this is a great name,’ and so it stuck. So that’s what she named him.
It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.
Everyone is an ocean inside. Every individual walking the street. Everyone is a universe of thoughts, and insights, and feelings. But every person is crippled in his or her own way by our inability to truly present ourselves to the world.
When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.
When you snatch little pieces of other people’s lives and try to palm them off as your own, that’s more disgusting than anything. Robin Williams is a huge thief. Denis Leary is a huge thief. His whole stand-up career is based on Bill Hicks, a brilliant guy who died years ago.
No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.
It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.
A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age; he dies of being a man.
If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man’s intelligence and his comprehension… would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.
Prayer is our invitation to God to intervene in the affairs of earth. It is our request for Him to work His ways in this world.
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.
Man is jealous because of his amour propre; woman is jealous because of her lack of it.
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.
A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.
When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.
If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.
Plant thy foot firmly in the prints which His foot has made before thee.
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?
Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.
Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.
God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.
He isn’t a real boss until he has trained subordinates to shoulder most of his responsibilities.
A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.
Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll. Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain. Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore.
When man fell from grace, he lost a kingdom, not a religion. He lost dominion over the earth; He did not lose Heaven. Therefore, mankind’s search is not for a religion or for Heaven but for his kingdom.
It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them.
What lingers from the parent’s individual past, unresolved or incomplete, often becomes part of her or his irrational parenting.
And so while the great ones depart to their dinner, the secretary stays, growing thinner and thinner, racking his brain to record and report what he thinks that they think that they ought to have thought.
His father is governor of Media, and though he has the greatest command given him of all the rest of my generals, he still covetously desires more, and my being without issue spurs him on to this wicked design. But Philotas takes wrong measures.
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.
I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.
An employee’s motivation is a direct result of the sum of interactions with his or her manager.
I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.
This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.
How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg.
Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
A man’s accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.
It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents.
Dad’s Jewish and Irish, Mom’s German and Scotch. I couldn’t say I was anything. My last name isn’t even Downey. My dad changed his name when he wanted to get into the Army and was underage. My real name is Robert Elias. I feel like I’m still looking for a home in some way.
Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress.
If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.
Only the brave know how to forgive… a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.
How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him.
Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort.
Every good act is charity. A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.
Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.
He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.
Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
When a man marries his mistress it creates a job opportunity.
He who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else.
My dad’s cooking was magic in the kitchen. But eventually over the years, his personality changed and his ability to remember recipes failed. He became paranoid and thought people were stealing from him, when often he was just misplacing things.
A man’s pride can be his downfall, and he needs to learn when to turn to others for support and guidance.
Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life.
The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it.
Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment; it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way.
I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.
When even one American – who has done nothing wrong – is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth – then all Americans are in peril.
You can tell a lot about a person from his underwear.
Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.
Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.
Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.
I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.
Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.
Above all, remember that God looks for solid virtues in us, such as patience, humility, obedience, abnegation of your own will – that is, the good will to serve Him and our neighbor in Him. His providence allows us other devotions only insofar as He sees that they are useful to us.
Constantine ‘Costa’ Gratsos had made his fortune as a lifelong associate of shipping icon Aristotle Onassis. He took a liking to me, became my first mentor, and showed me how to swim in the deep, dangerous waters of business.
I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others.
Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.
Anyone who thinks that the vice-president can take a position independent of the president of his administration simply has no knowledge of politics or government. You are his choice in a political marriage, and he expects your absolute loyalty.
Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.
No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.
The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it.
A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.
Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower.
Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.
Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,’ he said, his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. ‘Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.
God requires his people to shine as lights in the world. It is not merely the ministers who are required to do this, but every disciple of Christ. Their conversation should be heavenly.
One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man’s laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.
When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
John Candy knew he was going to die. He told me on his 40th birthday. He said, well, Maureen, I’m on borrowed time.
No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return.
The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.
Of all human activities, man’s listening to God is the supreme act of his reasoning and will.
There is a destiny which makes us brothers; none goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.
No sooner does man discover intelligence than he tries to involve it in his own stupidity.
In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that He did not also limit his stupidity.
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.
No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.
Character is just another word for having a perfectly disciplined and educated will. A person can make his own character by blending these elements with an intense desire to achieve excellence. Everyone is different in what I will call magnitude, but the capacity to achieve character is still the same.
A leader who doesn’t hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.
I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.
A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the ‘why’ for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any ‘how.’
Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
It’s morally wrong to allow a sucker to keep his money.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
The adolescent must never be treated as a child, for that is a stage of life that he has surpassed. It is better to treat an adolescent as if he had greater value than he actually shows than as if he had less and let him feel that his merits and self-respect are disregarded.
Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.
Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
God will forgive me. It’s his job.
Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.
Man is a child of his environment.
Man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it.
Through selfless work, love of God grows in the heart. Then through his grace one realize him in course of time. God can be seen. One can talk to him as I am talking to you.
When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet in his private heart no man much respects himself.