The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
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.
You may turn into an archangel, a fool, or a criminal ? no one will see it. But when a button is missing?everyone sees that.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
More than 26,000 lives may be lost to the effects of drug abuse this year. This tragic impact is felt in communities across this great nation. Sadly many of these deaths occur among our young people.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
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.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
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.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
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.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.