Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood.
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.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
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.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
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?
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
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.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.