Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.
Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.
No matter how far a person can go the horizon is still way beyond you.
The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding.
I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
It seems that fighting is a game where everybody is the loser.
Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me.
There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
Sweat, sweat, sweat! Work and sweat, cry and sweat, pray and sweat!
Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board.
A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it.
It would be against all nature for all the Negroes to be either at the bottom, top, or in between. We will go where the internal drive carries us like everybody else. It is up to the individual.
It is one of the blessings of this world that few people see visions and dream dreams.
Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.
Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at the sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.
Anybody depending on somebody else's gods is depending on a fox not to eat chickens.
Those that don't got it, can't show it. Those that got it, can't hide it.
I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and sword in my hands.
Gods always behave like the people who make them.
I did not just fall in love. I made a parachute jump.
But for the national welfare, it is urgent to realize that the minorities do think, and think about something other than the race problem.
It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it.