Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
Our true nationality is mankind.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
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.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.