Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.
To be a good loser is to learn how to win.
After a storm comes a calm.
Only the educated are free.
Never complain and never explain.
Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail.
Either you run the day or the day runs you.
It's always too early to quit.
Always desire to learn something useful.
Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.
The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.