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.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
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.
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.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.
The time is always right to do what is right.
The thing about black history is that the truth is so much more complex than anything you could make up.
Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
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.
The potential for greatness lives within us all.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
For I am my mother's daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart.
In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.
you must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.
You really can change the world if you care enough.
Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life.
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
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