You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.
If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves. We should, therefore, protest openly everything ... that smacks of discrimination or slander.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
we are the ones we have been waiting for
What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.
The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land.
I am the dream and the hope of the slave
I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life.
I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
The time is always right to do what is right.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at.
I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
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