Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
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.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
All sins are attempts to fill voids.
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.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
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.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
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.
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.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.