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.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
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 was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
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.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.