The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
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.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.
A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Our true nationality is mankind.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
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.
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.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
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 person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.