It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
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.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
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.
Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
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.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
More than 26,000 lives may be lost to the effects of drug abuse this year. This tragic impact is felt in communities across this great nation. Sadly many of these deaths occur among our young people.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
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.