The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
Americans of our own time - minority and majority Americans alike - need the continued guidance that the Voting Rights Act provides. We have come a long way, but more needs to be done.
If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.