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.
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.
we are the ones we have been waiting for
I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life.
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 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.
I am the dream and the hope of the slave
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.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.
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.
Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.
The potential for greatness lives within us all.
Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Knowing what must be done does away with fear.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
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.
The time is always right to do what is right.
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
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.
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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