It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
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.
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be
A human being is a deciding being.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
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.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
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.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others, crazy?
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.