Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
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.
Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
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.
I am the dream and the hope of the slave
I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
Knowing what must be done does away with fear.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land.
The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.
Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.
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.
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.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life.
For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
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