Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in the order of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
These are people who are capable of devotion, public devotion, to justice. They meant what they said and every day that passes, they mean it more.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
Are we happy that our grandchildren may never seen an elephant except in a picture book?
A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.
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.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
All sins are attempts to fill voids.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
The U.S. Census Bureau acknowledged this fact when it reported that those with a bachelor's degree earn on average $1 million more over their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma.
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.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.