There is no come back to caves. We are too many.
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.
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 who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
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.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
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.
The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.