A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
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.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
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.
We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood.
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.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.