There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
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.
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.
Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
There is no come back to caves. We are too many.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.
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.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.
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.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.