You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
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.
The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.
Hate is too great a burden to bear....
We black men have a hard enough time in our own struggle for justice, and already have enough enemies as it is, to make the drastic mistake of attacking each other and adding more weight to an already unbearable load.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.
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.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
But surely to tell these tall tales and others like them would be to spread the myth, the wicked lie, that the past is always tense and the future, perfect.
Freedom is never given; it is won.
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.
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
When you write a song, most of the words you use are in black and white, and then, from time to time, you use one that’s in color. These words in color are a part of ourselves, because we give them a meaning. If you like, we give them a third dimension.
There can be no black-white unity until there is first some black unity.... We cannot think of uniting with others, until after we have first united among ourselves. We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.
I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life.
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed.
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.
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