Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in the order of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
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.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
All sins are attempts to fill voids.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
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.
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.
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.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
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.