Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?
The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
The question of sexual dominance can exist only in the nightmare of that soul which has armed itself, totally, against the possibility of the changing motion of conquest and surrender, which is love.
Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black.
Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.
The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone.
It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story.
You don't realize that you're intelligent until it gets you into trouble.
All over Harlem, Negro boys and girls are growing into stunted maturity, trying desperately to find a place to stand; and the wonder is not that so many are ruined but that so many survive.
Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.
Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.
To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger.
Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.
The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment.
Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.