Fighting for one’s freedom, struggling towards being free, is like struggling to be a poet or a good Christian or a good Jew or a good Muslim or good Zen Buddhist. You work all day long and achieve some kind of level of success by nightfall, go to sleep and wake up the next morning with the job still to be done. So you start all over again.
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 enthusiastic acceptance.
Until blacks and whites see each other as brother and sister, we will not have parity. It’s very clear.
Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblended by formal education.
In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind.
My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son. My next greatest blessing has been my ability to turn people into children of mine.
My son is the best thing that ever happened to me. And through me – to a lot of people
My great blessing is my son, but I have daughters. I have white ones and Black ones and fat ones and thin ones and pretty ones and plain. I have gay ones and straight. I have daughters. I have Asian ones, I have Jewish ones, I have Muslim ones.
When you learn, teach, when you get, give.
Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations.
Education is a process that goes on ’til death. The moment you see someone who knows she has found the one true way, and can call all the others false, then you know you’re in the company of an ignoramus.
My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness… all the good things.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!
We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
Look what you’ve already come through! Don’t deny it. Say I’m stronger than I thought I was