Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
My life has been one great big joke A dance that's walked A song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke When I think about myself.
Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
A woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally.
...there is a difference between being convinced and being stubborn. I???m not certain what the difference is, but I do know that if you butt your head against a stone wall long enough, at some point you realize the wall is stone and that your head is flesh
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.
We really are 15 countries, and it's really remarkable that each of us thinks we represent the real America. The Midwesterner in Kansas, the black American in Durham both are certain they are the real American.
Without courage you cannot practice any of the other virtues.
There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.
In order to be profoundly dishonest, a person must have one of two qualities either he is unscrupulously ambitious, or he is unswervingly egocentric.
I answer the heroic question 'Death, where is thy sting' with 'It is here in my heart and mind and memories.'
If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.'
Men fear death, as children fear to go in the dark and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
All great achievements require time.
Achievement brings its own anticlimax.
Effective action is always unjust.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Nothing will work unless you do.
When we cast our bread upon the waters, we can presume that someone downstream whose face we will never know will benefit from our action, as we who are downstream from another will profit from that grantor's gift
The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not ent