Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
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 person's a person, no matter how small.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
Are we happy that our grandchildren may never seen an elephant except in a picture book?
A human being is a deciding being.
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.
One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.
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 just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
It’s extraordinary how self-obsessed human beings are. There is so much more out there than what connects to us.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.
It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.