Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become...as strong as they can be.
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
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.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Poverty is... Curable like any disease. Ignorance, dependence, inefficiency, laziness, want of the spirit of enterprise are the real real causes of poverty.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of 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.
You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.