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.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
You may turn into an archangel, a fool, or a criminal ? no one will see it. But when a button is missing?everyone sees that.
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.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
By providing students in our Nation with such an education, we help save our children from the clutches of poverty, crime, drugs, and hopelessness, and we help safeguard our Nation's prosperity for generations yet unborn.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
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.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.