It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Are we happy that our grandchildren may never seen an elephant except in a picture book?
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
People fall forward to success.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
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.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
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.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.