Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
There is no come back to caves. We are too many.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
Our true nationality is mankind.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
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 history is in essence a history of ideas.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude.