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.
Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.
Progress of mankind is progress of mind and intellect.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.
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.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
There are four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Thatís four million solutions to the problem of staying alive.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.
A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.
Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Our true nationality is mankind.