People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
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 first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
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.
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.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
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.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
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.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
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.
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.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.