you must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.
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.
You really can change the world if you care enough.
I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.
Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.
Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.
Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.
To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.
In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.
American means white, and Africanist people struggle to make the term applicable to themselves with ethnicity and hyphen after hyphen after hyphen.
Knowing what must be done does away with fear.
Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion.
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.
I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all.
There is no negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to their own constitution
No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
I am an invisible man. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.
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.'
I used to want the words 'She tried' on my tombstone. Now I want 'She did it.'
One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.
Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet
Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.
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