Try to become as great as you can. Some people are afraid to accomplish because they might make mistakes and those mistakes will be more serious than if they remained simple. This is not valid reasoning. Each person is obligated to develop himself to the best of his ability. The smallest person has potential for greatness if he utilizes all that is within him.
Young people imagine there is great value in fame. Those with life experience know that in truth publicity is extremely short-lived. The nature of the world is that every piece of news makes an impression for only a very short time. After those few minutes the impression is erased and quickly forgotten. It is as if it never was.
Most people are dissatisfied, because too few know that the distance between one and nothing is greater than that between one and a thousand.
The moral life of any people rises or falls with the vitality or decay of its religious life.
You should have education enough so that you won't have to look up to people; and then more education so that you will be wise enough not to look down on people.
A child asked a man to pick a flower for her. that was simple enough. But when she said, "Now put it back," the man experienced a baffling helplessness he never knew before. "How can you explain that it cannot be done?" he asked. "How can one make clear to young people that there are some things which, once broken, once mutilated, can never be replaced or mended?"
To guard the mind against the temptation of thinking that there are no good people, say to them: “Be such as you would like to see others, and you will find those who resemble you.”
Only by his action can a man make (himself/his life) whole... You are responsible for what you have done and the people whom you have influenced. In the end it is only the work that counts.
All we can ever do in the way of good to people is to encourage them to do good to themselves.
Some people are molded by their admirations, others by their hostilities.
In the government you called civilized, the happiness of the people is constantly sacrificed to the splendor of the empire. Hence the origin of your codes of criminal and civil laws; hence your dungeons and prisons. We have no prisons; we have no written laws; and yet judges are as highly revered among us as they are among you, and their decisions are as much regarded. We have among us no exalted villains above the control of our laws. Daring wickedness is here never allowed to triumph over helpless innocence. The estates of widows and orphans are never devoured by enterprising swindlers. We have no robbery under the pretext of law.
Most people spend most of their days doing what they do not want to do in order to earn the right, at times, to do what they may desire.
Every day, people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
Beware so long as you live, of judging people by appearances.
If one wishes to be esteemed, one must live with estimable people.
Never judge people by their appearance.
The most amiable people are those who least wound the self-love of others.
The slave has but one master; the ambitious man has as many as there are people useful to his fortune.
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
Nobody loves heartily unless people take pains to prevent it.