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.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
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.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
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.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
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 man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
The U.S. Census Bureau acknowledged this fact when it reported that those with a bachelor's degree earn on average $1 million more over their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma.
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.
A human being is a deciding being.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.