Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
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.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
People fall forward to success.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
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?
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.
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.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.