1% of people will always be honest and never steal.
another 1% will always be dishonest and will always try to pick your lock and steal your television.
The rest will be honest as long as the conditions are right but if they are tempted enough they will be dishonest too.
Locks won’t protect you from the thieves who can get into your house if they really want. They will protect you from the mostly honest people who might be tempted if you didn’t have a lock.
He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.
Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.
When a man has lost all happiness, he’s not alive. Call him a breathing corpse.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.
If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
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.
Then a ploughman said, speak to us of work: in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,
And to love life through labour is to be intimate with inmost secrets .
And what is it to work with love?
it is to weave the cloth with threads from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy , even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.
It is to change all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit .
He who works in marble , and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone , is nobler than he who ploughs the soil.
Do not love half lovers
Do not entertain half friends
Do not indulge in works of the half talented
Do not live half a life
and do not die a half death
If you choose silence, then be silent
When you speak, do so until you are finished
Do not silence yourself to say something
And do not speak to be silent
If you accept, then express it bluntly
Do not mask it
If you refuse then be clear about it
for an ambiguous refusal is but a weak acceptance
Do not accept half a solution
Do not believe half truths
Do not dream half a dream
Do not fantasize about half hopes
Half a drink will not quench your thirst
Half a meal will not satiate your hunger
Half the way will get you no where
Half an idea will bear you no results
Your other half is not the one you love
It is you in another time yet in the same space
It is you when you are not
Half a life is a life you didn’t live,
A word you have not said
A smile you postponed
A love you have not had
A friendship you did not know
To reach and not arrive
Work and not work
Attend only to be absent
What makes you a stranger to them closest to you
and they strangers to you
The half is a mere moment of inability
but you are able for you are not half a being
You are a whole that exists to live a life
not half a life
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.
If you’re reading this…
Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about,
then I don’t know what is.
If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
When someone tells me “no,” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.
The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.
It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life,it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!
“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”
Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
Self-help books only help people looking for help.
We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.
Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.
There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.
You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.
Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!
I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, “aw shit, he’s up!”