Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best He Quotes from famous persons: Martin Luther King, Jr., William Osler, William Godwin, Lao Tzu, Victor Hugo. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the He Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.
When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.
The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.
A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
Before the tribunal of nature, a man has no more right to life than a rattlesnake; he has no more right to liberty than any wild beast; his right to the pursuit of happiness is nothing but a license to maintain the struggle for existence, if he can find within himself the powers with which to do it.
When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while, he knows something.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand… Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing.
An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.
God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board.
Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you’d been the only man in the world.
In a position of utter desolation, when man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way – an honorable way – in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment.
A hero is a man who does what he can.
The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
I hope I go to Heaven, and when I do, I’m going to do what every San Franciscan does when he gets there. He looks around and says, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.’
Don’t get the impression that you arouse my anger. You see, one can only be angry with those he respects.
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower.
The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.
God has equipped you to handle difficult things. In fact, He has already planted the seeds of discipline and self-control inside you. You just have to water those seeds with His Word to make them grow!
Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.
I think slavery is the next thing to hell. If a person would send another into bondage, he would, it appears to me, be bad enough to send him into hell if he could.
A lot of y’all are lonely and y’all lonely because you’re overlooking a good man. Why? Because y’all wanna be with the hardcore thug. The man that is pretending to be everything that he isn’t.
Anyone who said he wasn’t afraid during the civil rights movement was either a liar or without imagination. I was scared all the time. My hands didn’t shake but inside I was shaking.
When a man’s stomach is full it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor.
He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.
He not busy being born is busy dying.
He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
The foolish man conceives the idea of ‘self.’ The wise man sees there is no ground on which to build the idea of ‘self;’ thus, he has a right conception of the world and well concludes that all compounds amassed by sorrow will be dissolved again, but the truth will remain.
Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.
Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.
He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
There comes a point in every man‘s life when he has to say: ‘Enough is enough.’
The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don’t mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do.
He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk.
An artist needn’t be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.
A youth, when at home, should be filial and, abroad, respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies.
How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.
God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.
God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live.
Open-minded people tend to be interested in Buddhism because Buddha urged people to investigate things – he didn’t just command them to believe.
The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well.
If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president’s.
No one knows what he can do until he tries.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
And he that strives to touch the stars, Oft stumbles at a straw.
That Seaman is a handsome young man but he spends too much time looking in his mirror rather than at the ball. You can’t keep goal with hair like that.
God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.
Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.
My father used to have an expression. He’d say, ‘Joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about respect. It’s about your place in your community.’
A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.
I like a man who grins when he fights.
A man is born alone and dies alone; and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.
My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.
Wise is he who enjoys the show offered by the world.
He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.
Albert Einstein when asked what he considered to be the most powerful force in the universe answered: Compound interest! What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.
Don’t ever criticize yourself. Don’t go around all day long thinking, ‘I’m unattractive, I’m slow, I’m not as smart as my brother.’ God wasn’t having a bad day when he made you… If you don’t love yourself in the right way, you can’t love your neighbour. You can’t be as good as you are supposed to be.
A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.
Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.
Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.
A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he’s finished.
Paolo Maldini never won, but he was the best defender in the world. Gianluigi Buffon never won; he was the best goalkeeper in the world for many years. But this is the story of the Ballon d’Or.
There cannot be a God because if there were one, I could not believe that I was not He.
A doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn’t pay his bill, so he gave him another six months.
He who doesn’t fear death dies only once.
We called him Tortoise because he taught us.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
It was a perfect marriage. She didn’t want to and he couldn’t.
None of us wants to be judged by our worst act on our worst day, and we consistently judge Burr for that. He was not a perfect man, but he’s not a villain. He’s a dude, just a guy.
The fighter is born. He cannot be made.
God has already done everything He’s going to do. The ball is now in your court. If you want success, if you want wisdom, if you want to be prosperous and healthy, you’re going to have to do more than meditate and believe; you must boldly declare words of faith and victory over yourself and your family.
Give a man a free hand and he’ll run it all over you.
A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape.
A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.
He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
Only when a man will not do some things is he capable of doing great things.
He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either.
Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero. He is an American hero.
Those who give themselves to prayer should in a special manner have always a devotion to St. Joseph; for I know not how any man can think of the Queen of the angels, during the time that she suffered so much with the Infant Jesus, without giving thanks to St. Joseph for the services he rendered them then.
One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.
The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.
He that is jealous is not in love.
The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born.
The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.
No leader, however strong, can succeed at anything of national importance or significance unless he has the support and cooperation of the people he is tasked to lead and sworn to serve.
A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it.
When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge.
It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.
So I said to the gym instructor: ‘Can you teach me to do the splits?’ He said: ‘How flexible are you?’ I said: I can’t make Tuesdays.’
What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.
He conquers who endures.
Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow.
Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. He and his are not neglected by the gods.
A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.
When love is at its best, one loves so much that he cannot forget.
It’s a funny thing that when a man hasn’t anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married.
The greatness of a man is measured by the way he treats the little man. Compassion for the weak is a sign of greatness.
There’s one way to find out if a man is honest – ask him. If he says, ‘Yes,’ you know he is a crook.
A diplomat is a man who thinks twice before he says nothing.
If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
In order to become prosperous, a person must initially work very hard, so he or she has to sacrifice a lot of leisure time.
He who angers you conquers you.
It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things. The monkey wears an expression of seriousness which would do credit to any college student, but the monkey is serious because he itches.
At one point, I recognized that Warren Buffett, though he had every advantage in learning from Ben Graham, did not copy Ben Graham but, rather, set out on his own path and ran money his way, by his own rules… I also immediately internalized the idea that no school could teach someone how to be a great investor.
He who knows best knows how little he knows.
Love is when he gives you a piece of your soul, that you never knew was missing.
Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.
I have died many times. I have actually beaten Jesus Christ because he only died once.
He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
There’s a difference between being a comic and a comedian. A comic is a guy who says funny things, and a comedian is a guy who says things funny, and he has a style and point of view that will last much longer.
She got her looks from her father. He’s a plastic surgeon.
It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.
To consult the statistician after an experiment is finished is often merely to ask him to conduct a post mortem examination. He can perhaps say what the experiment died of.
Man is what he believes.
He fashioned hell for the inquisitive.
It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.
He who can destroy a thing, can control a thing.
Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
My father, Dennis Popham, was a very handsome, talented artist, and as my mother always reminds me, ‘someone who had wonderful style.’ He was half Samoan-German, half New Zealander, and their first date was to a Fleetwood Mac concert, which I love the thought of.
Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
A great man does not seek applause or place; he seeks for truth; he seeks the road to happiness, and what he ascertains, he gives to others.
A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else.
Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?
Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy, but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince’s part to pardon.
Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.
The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.
He who never made a mistake, never made a discovery.
Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
He was as fresh as is the month of May.
He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.
It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of the truth.
He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.
That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.
The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.
It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
The right of nature… is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is to say, of his own life.
A Lawyer will do anything to win a case, sometimes he will even tell the truth.
Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.
He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.
Death comes for us all. Even for kings he comes.
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
Not drunk is he who from the floor – Can rise alone and still drink more; But drunk is They, who prostrate lies, Without the power to drink or rise.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
Every time I plant a seed, He say kill it before it grow, he say kill it before they grow.
My dad said to me, ‘Work hard and be patient.’ It was the best advice he ever gave me. You have to put the hours in.
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone, accept everything alone.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not.
All lies and jests, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.
A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.
For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels, and not the words of one who kneels.
My dad always said, ‘Champ, the measure of a man is not how often he is knocked down, but how quickly he gets up.’
For God so loved the World that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.
He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.
It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.
A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the ‘why’ for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any ‘how.’
Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
God has no grandchildren. He has only children, so being a born-again Christian is not an automatic thing.
He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass.
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.
He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, Will never rise to fight again.
He who praises everybody, praises nobody.
Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad.
The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.
He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
He that can have patience can have what he will.
He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
Without translation, I would be limited to the borders of my own country. The translator is my most important ally. He introduces me to the world.
Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing!
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.
When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: ‘Whose?’
He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
We should remember that one man is much the same as another, and that he is best who is trained in the severest school.
Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
He makes no friends who never made a foe.
He who is brave is free.
A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.