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.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
There is no come back to caves. We are too many.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
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.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
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.
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.
Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
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.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.