The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
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.
A human being is a deciding being.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
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.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
I like university professors, but you know, we shouldn't hold them up as the high-water mark of all human achievement. They're just a form of life, another form of life.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
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.
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.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
There is no come back to caves. We are too many.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.