There are four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. That’s four million solutions to the problem of staying alive.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
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.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
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.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
A human being is a deciding being.
Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.