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.
Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
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.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
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.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
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.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.