It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
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.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
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.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
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.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.
We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.