No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
A human being is a deciding being.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
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.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.