A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
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.
People fall forward to success.
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.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
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.
As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
A human being is a deciding being.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.
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.
Our true nationality is mankind.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
Are we happy that our grandchildren may never seen an elephant except in a picture book?
Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood.