Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.
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.
The potential for greatness lives within us all.
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.
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.
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.
My father was a slave and my people died to build this country and I am going to stay here and have a part of it just like you.
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.
we are the ones we have been waiting for
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
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.
Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
I am the dream and the hope of the slave
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.
Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
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.
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