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.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
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.
A human being is a deciding being.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
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.
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 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 can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.
Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.