A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
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.
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.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
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.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
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.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.