Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.
But suppose God is black? What if we go to Heaven and we, all our lives, have treated the Negro as an inferior, and God is there, and we look up and He is not white? What then is our response?
If any man claims the Negro should be content... let him say he would willingly change the color of his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city. Then and only then has he a right to such a claim.
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.
What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
Now I can go back to being ruthless again.
I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.
People say I am ruthless. I am not ruthless. And if I find the man who is calling me ruthless, I shall destroy him.
I was the seventh of nine children. When you come from that far down you have to struggle to survive.
Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.
It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.
Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
I thought they'd get one of us, but Jack, after all he's been through, never worried about it I thought it would be me.
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