I’ve learned that next to the atomic bomb, the greatest danger is defeatism, despair, and inadequate awareness of what human beings possess. I feel that any problem that can be defined is capable of being resolved. Out of this has come my conviction that no person knows enough to be a pessimist.
All this sensory input, which begins in the brain, has its effect throughout the body.
History is an accumulation of error.
Progress begins with the belief that what is necessary is possible.
All men – whether they go by the name of Americans or Russians or Chinese or British or Malayans or Indians or Africans – have obligations to one another that transcend their obligations to their sovereign societies.
We have everything we need, in fact, except the most important thing of all — time to think and the habit of thought.
Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.
We have learned to live in a world of mistakes and defective products as if they were necessary to life. It is time to adopt a new philosophy in America.
Why are people more appalled at what they term an unnatural form of dying than by an unnatural form of living?
The sense of paralysis proceeds not so much out of the mammoth size of the problem but out of the puniness of the purpose.
Never deny a diagnosis, but do deny the negative verdict that may go with it.
Ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep.