A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
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.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.
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.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.