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.
A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.
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.
All sins are attempts to fill voids.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
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.
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.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
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.
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
Johnny Cash has always been larger than life.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
I despise people who depend on these things [heroin and cocaine]. If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree.