You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
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.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
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.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
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.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
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.
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.
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.