It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
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.
Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
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.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
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.
It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.