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.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
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.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.
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?
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.
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
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
By providing students in our Nation with such an education, we help save our children from the clutches of poverty, crime, drugs, and hopelessness, and we help safeguard our Nation's prosperity for generations yet unborn.
Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
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.