There is no such thing as a "self-made" man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
Death is as near to the young as to the old; here is all the difference: death stands behind the young man’s back, before the old man’s face.
A man knows not what is in the heart of his fellow.
The beauty of man is in his faithfulness, and his hatefulness is the lying of his lips.
The angry man always thinks he can do more than he can.
A man is known by the company his mind keeps.
That poverty which is not the daughter of the spirit is but the mother of shame and reproach; it is a disreputation that drowns all the other good parts that are in man; it is a disposition to all kind of evil; it is a man’s greatest foe.
Heaven will permit no man to secure happiness by crime.
The man without imagination has no wings, he cannot fly.
A man may as certainly miscarry by his seeming righteousness and supposed graces as by his gross sins.
Make no man your idol; for the best man must have faults, and his faults will usually become yours in addition to your own. This is as true in art as in morals.
Never expect justice from a vain man; if he has the negative magnanimity not to disparage you, it is the most you can expect.
No man knows himself as an original.
Every man has three characters - that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
Every man is a tamer of wild beasts, and these wild beasts are his passions. To draw their teeth and claws, to muzzle and tame them, to turn them into servants and domestic animals, fuming, perhaps, but submissive - in this consists personal education.
It is not what he has, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
Nothing is more characteristic of a man than the manner in which he behaves towards fools.
The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you cannot accept regret.
The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man which it forms. If it injures the intelligence, it is bad; if it injures the character, it is vicious; if it injures the conscience it is criminal.
What is an intelligent man? A man who enters with ease and completeness into the spirit of things and the intention of persons, and who arrives at an end by the shortest route.