Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
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.
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.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.