Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
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.
One ever feels his twoness - an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem.
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.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life.
Unconditional love will have the final word in reality.
Knowing what must be done does away with fear.
I refuse to accept the view . . . that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
I know why the caged bird sings.
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.
The times may have changed, but the people are still the same. We're still looking for love, and that will always be our struggle as human beings.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person.
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in 'We, the people.'
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
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