Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself.
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Economy is the art of making the most of life. The love of economy is the root of all virtue.
—George Bernard Shaw
A man’s value to the community primarily depends on how far his feelings, thoughts, and actions are directed towards promoting the good of his fellows.
I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.
—Mohandas K. Gandhi
No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.
All the greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally insolvable. They can never be solved, but only outgrown.
Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.
No one can be a great thinker who does not recognize that as a thinker it is his first duty to follow his intellect to whatever conclusions it may lead.
—John Stuart Mill
No man is happy unless he believes he is.
Though men pride themselves on their great actions, often they are not the result of any great design, but of chance.
—Francois de La Rochefoucauld
It is the cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties.
If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.
Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.
The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one’s self a fool; the truest heroism is, to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed.