Hate is too great a burden to bear.
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.
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.
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.
I am the dream and the hope of the slave
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.
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
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.
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.
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.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land.
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.
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.
Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.
we are the ones we have been waiting for
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.