It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
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?
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
All sins are attempts to fill voids.
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
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...
Are we happy that our grandchildren may never seen an elephant except in a picture book?
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
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.
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
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.
No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.