It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.
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.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
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.
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
Itís extraordinary how self-obsessed human beings are. There is so much more out there than what connects to us.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
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.
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.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
You may turn into an archangel, a fool, or a criminal ? no one will see it. But when a button is missing?everyone sees that.