Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
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.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
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.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
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.
How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.