A human being is a deciding being.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be
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.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.
Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
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.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.