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.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
These are people who are capable of devotion, public devotion, to justice. They meant what they said and every day that passes, they mean it more.
One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
There are four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. That’s four million solutions to the problem of staying alive.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.
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.