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.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
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?
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.
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 who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in the order of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.
Are we happy that our grandchildren may never seen an elephant except in a picture book?
Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.