In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
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.
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 capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
Are we happy that our grandchildren may never seen an elephant except in a picture book?
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.
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.
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.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
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.
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.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
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.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being Ė you.
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.