In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.
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.
Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
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.
Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
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.