Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
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?
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
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.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
All sins are attempts to fill voids.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
I like university professors, but you know, we shouldn't hold them up as the high-water mark of all human achievement. They're just a form of life, another form of life.