You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
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.
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.
More than 26,000 lives may be lost to the effects of drug abuse this year. This tragic impact is felt in communities across this great nation. Sadly many of these deaths occur among our young people.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
These are people who are capable of devotion, public devotion, to justice. They meant what they said and every day that passes, they mean it more.
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.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
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.
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.
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.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
Our true nationality is mankind.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
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.