Be careful what you set your heart upon - for it will surely be yours.
The making of an American begins at that point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.
Everything in life depends on how that life accepts its limits
The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given Freedom is something that people take and people are as free as they want to be.
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone... they will be forced to deal with pain.
Most people... find a disorientating mismatch between the long-term nature of their liabilities and the increasingly short-term nature of their assets.
I am certainly convinced that it is one of the greatest impulses of mankind to arrive at something higher than the natural state
If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.
When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living
Not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour--and in the oddest places--for the lack of it.
Beyond talent lie all the usual words discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance.
It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate.
It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind
Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty - necessarily, since a religion ordinarily imposes on those who have discovered the true faith the spiritual duty of liberating the infidels.
There is a ''sanctity'' involved with bringing a child into this world it is better than bombing one out of it.
The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
When the book comes out it may hurt you - but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.
The future is... black.
If the word integration means anything, this is what it means that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it
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.
The only thing that white people have that black people need, or should want, is power-and no one holds power forever.
The writer's greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody, in another sense, and at the same time, he needs no one at all.
The power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world's definitions.
Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters