Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.
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.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
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.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
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.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
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 great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.