"A true leader leads with affection and not power."
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
"Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."
"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?"
"Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality."
"When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative."
"That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing."
"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way."
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle."
"Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."
"I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good."
"We cannot walk alone."
"There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right."
"Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front."
"A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind."
"As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility."
"It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership."
"Lead from the front — but don t leave your base behind."