Leaders don't look behind; they don't look to the side - they look ahead.
Leaders walk a fine line between self-confidence and humility.
Leadership is not about the next election, it's about the next generation.
Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present.
Leaders are limited by their vision rather than by their abilities.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
Leaders have to act more quickly today. The pressure comes much faster.
Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.
Leaders are problem solvers by talent and temperament, and by choice.
Leaders must be willing to put the ship's performance ahead of their egos.
Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.
When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.
When a police dog buried his fangs in the ankle of a small child in Birmingham, he buried his fangs in the ankle of every American. The bell of man's inhumanity to man does not toll for any one man. It tolls for you, for me, for all of us.
Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
Whatever measure of influence I had as a result of the importance which the world attaches to the Nobel Peace Prize would have to be used to bring the philosophy of nonviolence to all the world’s people who grapple with the age-old problem of racial injustice.
Whatever career you may choose for yourself – doctor, lawyer, teacher – let me propose an avocation to be pursued along with it.
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.
What you’re saying may get you a foundation grant but it won’t get you into the kingdom of truth.
When you become an animal, a vulture, in the ghetto, as I had become, you enter a world of animals and vultures. It becomes truly the survival of only the fittest.