That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
A human being is a deciding being.
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 sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
People fall forward to success.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
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.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
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.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
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.
One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.