Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
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.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
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.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
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.
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.
Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
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.
I used to want the words 'She tried' on my tombstone. Now I want 'She did it.'
Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.
I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person.
I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all.
You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.
You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
I know why the caged bird sings.
The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
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