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.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.
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.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Our true nationality is mankind.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
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?
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
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.
A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.
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.