It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
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?
These are people who are capable of devotion, public devotion, to justice. They meant what they said and every day that passes, they mean it more.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
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 have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.
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.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
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.
By providing students in our Nation with such an education, we help save our children from the clutches of poverty, crime, drugs, and hopelessness, and we help safeguard our Nation's prosperity for generations yet unborn.