One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
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.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
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.
Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.
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.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
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 highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be