Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
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.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
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.
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.
There are four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Thatís four million solutions to the problem of staying alive.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
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.
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.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
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.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
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.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.