People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
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.
Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.
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.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
Itís extraordinary how self-obsessed human beings are. There is so much more out there than what connects to us.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.