Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
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.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
All is in the hands of man. Therefore wash them often.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
More than 26,000 lives may be lost to the effects of drug abuse this year. This tragic impact is felt in communities across this great nation. Sadly many of these deaths occur among our young people.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.
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.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
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.
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?
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.