It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
The U.S. Census Bureau acknowledged this fact when it reported that those with a bachelor's degree earn on average $1 million more over their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
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.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
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.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in the order of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.
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.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
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.