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.
Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.
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.
I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
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.
You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.
Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet
I know why the caged bird sings.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
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.
Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
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