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 great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
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.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
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?
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
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
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.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
The U.S. Census Bureau acknowledged this fact when it reported that those with a bachelor's degree earn on average $1 million more over their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma.