I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
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.
A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.
Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
There is no come back to caves. We are too many.
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.