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.
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.
Don't get mad, get even.
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and injustice.
One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.
There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.
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.
Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means.