If you want to build a ship don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.
I have no right by anything I do or say to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin.
A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says ‘I was beaten’ he does not say ‘My men were beaten.’
‘Men have forgotten this truth’ said the fox. ‘But you must not forget it. You become responsible forever for what you have tamed.’
Once men are caught up in an event they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.
A civilization is built on what is required of men not on that which is provided for them.
One can be a brother only in something. Where there is no tie that binds men men are not united but merely lined up.
Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown that terror becomes the known.
We say nothing essential about the cathedral when we speak of its stones. We say nothing essential about Man when we seek to define him by the qualities of men.
Tell me who admires and loves you and I will tell you who you are.
Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.
For true love is inexhaustible the more you give the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead the more water you draw the more abundant is its flow.
Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.
A civilization is a heritage of beliefs customs and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries elements difficult at times to justify by logic but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere since they open up for man his inner distance.
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done the zest of creating things new.