In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
All is in the hands of man. Therefore wash them often.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
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.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.