Never look down on anybody unless you helping him up.
Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow-red, yellow, brown, black and white-and we're all precious in God's sight.
America is not like a blanket-one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt-many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread.
If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.
Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rater than pushed by our memories.
No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams.
Today's students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude but their attitude that will determine their altitude.
I know they are all environmentalists. I heard a lot of my speeches recycled.
Capital punishment turns the state into a murderer. But imprisonment turns the state into a gay dungeon-master.
A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever.
When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through.
Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.
When we're unemployed, we're called lazy; when the whites are unemployed it's called a depression.
My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised.
Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up.
If my mind can conceive it, My heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it!
Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.
From seeds of his body blossomed the flower that liberated a people and touched the soul of a nation.
See, Barack been, um, talking down to black people on this faith-based... I want to cut his nuts off. Barack, he's talking down to black people.
I am somebody. I am somebody. I am a child of God. I may not be educated but I am somebody. I may not have any money but I am somebody. I may not eat steak every day but I am somebody. I may not look the way you look but I am somebody.
At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.
Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
I cast my bread on the waters long ago. Now it's time for you to send it back to me - toasted and buttered on both sides.
It is time for us to turn to each other, not on each other.