How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
By providing students in our Nation with such an education, we help save our children from the clutches of poverty, crime, drugs, and hopelessness, and we help safeguard our Nation's prosperity for generations yet unborn.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
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.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
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.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
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.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.