Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.
No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.
A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.
Anything that makes weak - physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.
Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.
Delay always breeds danger. To protract a great design is often to ruin it.
Courage is grace under pressure.
All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
Freedom is from within.
A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it's perhaps far more terrible than it's ever been.
I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.
The paranoid is never entirely mistaken.
Domination delegates the physical violence on which it rests to the dominated.
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be.