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.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in the order of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving 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 man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.
How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
There is no come back to caves. We are too many.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
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.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
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.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
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.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
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.