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The highest result of education is tolerance.
– Helen Keller
It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.
I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a manmade world.
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible in bright moments as well as in trouble, we cannot fully respond to its consolations because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.
All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.
To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.
As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They look within themselves – and find nothing! Therefore they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves either.
The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.
True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.