Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
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.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
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 wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
There is no come back to caves. We are too many.
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.