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.
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.
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.
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.
Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in the order of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
You may turn into an archangel, a fool, or a criminal ? no one will see it. But when a button is missing?everyone sees that.
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.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
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.
A human being is a deciding being.
People fall forward to success.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
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.
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.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.