The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
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.
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.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
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.
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 person's a person, no matter how small.
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.