In America, educators punish those who actually think for themselves. There is only acceptance for popular opinion.

Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy.

Courteousness is consideration for others; politeness is the method used to deliver such considerations.

Good manners are appreciated as much as bad manners are abhorred.

The greatest joys are found not only in what we do and feel, but also in what we hope for.

The talent of a true writer and poet is in the ear.

It is better to have a meaningful life and make a difference than to merely have a long life.

True love is quiescent, except in the nascent moments of true humility.

You may find many contradictory statements and philosophies within my writings. However, to this I will say such is life, for life is full of contradictions.

Callousness and insolence bring to bare unanimous social condemnation, while the simple efforts of politeness are admired; even in those who are otherwise despised.

The worst bullies you will ever encounter in your life are your own thoughts.

The world is not fair, and often fools, cowards, liars and the selfish hide in high places.

We believe we are the consumers, but we are the consumed.

Fanatic is often the name given to people of action by people who are lazy.

Architects of grandeur are often the master builders of disillusionment.

Our understanding of the world around us is constantly being redefined and expanded, and so therefore, it is wiser to be passionate about seeking for truth than knowing it.

American society will never completely understand the true meaning of equality.

Knowledge is that possession that no misfortune can destroy, no authority can revoke, and no enemy can control. This makes knowledge the greatest of all freedoms.

Birth and death we all move between these two unknowns.

There is little more powerful than when truth joins action.

The right to justice is something that no one can bestow, nor take away, for it is in one's heart.

Remember that the greatest fool in the world may ask more than the wisest man can answer.

Abundance is a process of letting go; that which is empty can receive.

Creativity is the greatest expression of liberty.

While it is important for people to see your promise you must also remember that hope is the keeper of both happiness and disappointment, the father of both progress and failure.

There are few surer ways to become disliked by men than to perform well where they have performed poorly.

The best way to win against the intolerable is to tolerate them, for this they have seldom dealt with. Your indulgence may soften their malice and open their eyes to more honorable ways.

Hate controls everything it touches, but love sets everything it touches free.

Most people do not actually know how to think for themselves, and unfortunately that prevents them from even knowing it.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that you have to agree with people and their beliefs to defend them from injustice.

The deceptive, glossy media images of faces, bodies and social lifestyles, make us hate ourselves so we will buy a solution to love ourselves once again.

Freedom is not a gift nor does it simply exist for us to have, but rather it is a sacred duty, and its blessed yield of hope is born from none other than the blood of the innocent.

A polite enemy is just as difficult to discredit, as a rude friend is to protect.

An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in his understanding of things.

The test of a belief is not exclusively in the belief itself, but also in the intentions and actions of those who embrace it.

Take without forgetting, and give without remembering.

Genius is always accompanied by enthusiasm.

The secret to discovery is to never believe existing facts.

One column of truth cannot hold an institution of ideas from falling into ignorance. It is wiser that a person of prudence and purpose save his strength for battles that can be won.

Do not let your ambitions become a sanctuary for your failures.

Why do we laugh at such terrible things? Because comedy is often the sarcastic realization of inescapable tragedy.

It is better to have a fair intellect that is well used than a powerful one that is idle.

The common person fears to think beyond the common.

I have never read for entertainment, but rather for understanding and to satisfy my eager curiosity.

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.

The conflicts we have with the outside world are often conflicts we have within ourselves.

A person who makes few mistakes makes little progress.

Within the hearts men, loyalty and consideration are esteemed greater than success.

Death is the great hope of all life; the desire to expend itself; to be used and consumed by its own longing for itself.