For real company and friendship, there is nothing outside of the animal kingdom that is comparable to a river.
Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then—we elected them.
I have never been impressed by the heroics of people who are convinced they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another.
Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference...
In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is power to do it.
To wear your heart on your sleeve is not a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
State your mind, even though your voice may tremble.
Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
The most important political office is that of the private citizen.
I saw old autumn in the
Stand shadowless like silence
Listening to silence.