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African American Quotations (K to Y)

Guest Author - Danielle Hollister

  1. "Ask any athlete: We all hurt at times. I'm asking my body to go through seven different tasks. To ask it not to ache would be too much."
    -- Jackie Joyner-Kersee

  2. "Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people."
    -- Coretta Scott King

  3. "There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth."
    -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

  4. "A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."
    -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

  5. "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
    -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

  6. "Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see."
    -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

  7. "A riot is the language of the unheard."
    -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

  8. "An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of inprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."
    -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  9. "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."
    -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

  10. "Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities."
    -- Sugar Ray Leonard

  11. "A fighter never knows when it's the last bell. He doesn't want to face that."
    -- Sugar Ray Leonard

  12. "Words cannot describe that feeling - of being a man, of being a gladiator, of being a warrior. It's irreplaceable."
    -- Sugar Ray Leonard

  13. "I consider myself blessed. I consider you blessed. We've all been blessed with God-given talents. Mine just happens to be beating people up."
    -- Sugar Ray Leonard

  14. "My ambition is not to be just a good fighter. I want to be great, something special."
    -- Sugar Ray Leonard

  15. "We assume the risks. That's what makes a great champion."
    -- Sugar Ray Leonard

  16. "We care, but you can't let that be a burden to you."
    -- Sugar Ray Leonard

  17. "We're all endowed with God- given talents. Mine happens to be hitting people in the head."
    -- Sugar Ray Leonard

  18. "You have to know you can win. You have to think you can win. You have to feel you can win."
    -- Sugar Ray Leonard

  19. "I wanted to do in boxing what Bruce Lee was able to do in karate. Lee was an artist, and, like him, I try to get beyond the fundamentals of my sport. I want my fights to be seen as plays."
    -- Sugar Ray Leonard

  20. "Schooling is what happens inside the wall of the school, some of which is educational. Education happens everywhere, and it happens from the moment a child is born -- some say before -- until it dies."
    -- Sara Lawrence Lightfoot, A World of Ideas

  21. "I made the most of my ability and I did my best with my title."
    -- Joe Louis

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  22. "There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires."
    -- Nelson Mandela

  23. "If the 1st Amendment means anything, it means that the state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what books he may read or what films he may watch."
    -- Thurgood Marshall

  24. "Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process."
    -- Thurgood Marshall

  25. "There will always be some curve balls in your life. Teach your children to thrive in that adversity."
    -- Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

  26. "I don't believe that I personally have been changed by the money. The bad thing is people assume you've changed because now you have money."
    -- Shaquille O'Neal

  27. "For a time, at least, I was the most famous person in the entire world."
    -- Jesse Owens, Jesse: The Man Who Outran Hitler

  28. "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?"
    -- Satchel Paige

  29. "I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up."
    -- Rosa Parks

  30. "I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people."
    -- Rosa Parks

  31. "Even when I was little, I was big."
    -- William "Refridgerator" Perry

  32. "The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do."
    -- Leontyne Price

  33. "Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don't understand the language that you're singing in, they still know good music when they hear it."
    -- Lou Rawls

  34. "The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he (Saddam) can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."
    -- Condoleezza Rice

  35. "Saddam Hussein has had 12 years to disarm... Enough is enough. It's time to bring this to a close. But we believe that the Security Council should and probably will exercise its responsibilities."
    -- Condoleezza Rice

  36. "The president has always said that war is his last choice, not his first, his last choice, so this entire process has been to try to find a diplomatic solution to this problem. We've lost ground in finding a diplomatic solution because the world has not spoken with one voice to Saddam Hussein."
    -- Condoleezza Rice

  37. "Foreign policy is ultimately about security -- about defending our people, our society and our values, such as freedom, tolerance, openness and diversity."
    -- Condoleezza Rice

  38. "We will defend the peace by opposing and preventing violence by terrorists and outlaw regimes."
    -- Condoleezza Rice

  39. "What success I achieved in the theater is due to the fact that I have always worked just as hard when there were ten people in the house as when there were thousands. Just as hard in Springfield, Illinois as on Broadway."
    -- Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

  40. "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
    -- Jackie Robinson

  41. "Above anything else, I hate to lose."
    -- Jackie Robinson

  42. "Are you looking for a Negro who won't fight back?"
    -- Jackie Robinson

  43. "I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me . . . All I ask is that you respect me as a human being."
    -- Jackie Robinson

  44. "I've been riding on Cloud Nine since the election, and I don't think I'll ever come down. Today, everything is complete."
    -- Jackie Robinson, the first black player in the major leagues and the first Black to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

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  45. "Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life."
    -- Jackie Robinson

  46. "The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time."
    -- Jackie Robinson

  47. "The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it."
    -- Jackie Robinson

  48. "There's not an American in this country free until every one of us is free."
    -- Jackie Robinson

  49. "When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
    -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

  50. "Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done."
    -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

  51. "The truth is the kindest thing we can give folks in the end."
    -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

  52. "If women want any rights more than they's got, why don't they just take them, and not be talking about it."
    -- Sojourner Truth

  53. "Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff."
    -- Sojourner Truth

  54. "I was free, but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land."
    -- Harriet Tubman

  55. "I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I'm not old yet!"
    -- Tina Turner

  56. "Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shal relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful."
    -- Alice Walker, Temple of my Familiar

  57. "Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for?"
    -- Alice Walker

  58. "No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow."
    -- Alice Walker

  59. "Nature has created us with the capacity to know God, to experience God."
    -- Alice Walker

  60. "Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence."
    -- Alice Walker

  61. "You know that you can't really make much of a difference in things until you change yourself."
    -- Alice Walker

  62. "Womanist is to feminist as purple to lavender."
    -- Alice Walker

  63. "Tea to the English is just a picnic indoors."
    -- Alice Walker, The Color Purple

  64. "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."
    -- Alice Walker, The Color Purple

  65. "We are the people we've been waiting for."
    -- Alice Walker

  66. "This feeling of being loved and supported by the universe in general and by certain recognizable spirits in particular is bliss."
    -- Alice Walker

  67. "The world is not good enough--we must make it better."
    -- Alice Walker

  68. "The more I wonder... the more I love."
    -- Alice Walker

  69. "The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account."
    -- Alice Walker

  70. "Surely the earth can be saved by all the people who insist on love."
    -- Alice Walker

  71. "Stories differ from advice in that, once you get them, they become a fabric of your whole soul. That is why they heal you."
    -- Alice Walker

  72. "Oh - Just can't keep a real good woman down."
    -- Alice Walker

  73. "Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work."
    -- Booker T. Washington

  74. "Great men cultivate love...only little men cherish a spirit of hatred."
    -- Booker T. Washington

  75. "I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
    -- Booker T. Washington

  76. "Remember that everyone's life is measured by the power that individual has to make the world better—this is all life is."
    -- Booker T. Washington

  77. "A film just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, "Oh, I don't like it." One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin."
    -- Denzel Washington

  78. "Every punch that's thrown is mine. Every punch that's caught, I catch."
    -- Denzel Washington

  79. "Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life."
    -- Denzel Washington

  80. "I don't want 'color neutral' parts. I mean, I'm a black man. I bring whoever I am to whatever I do. I don't want any neutral part -- I want color in my life."
    -- Denzel Washington

  81. "I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me-spiritually and financially."
    -- Denzel Washington

  82. "I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it."
    -- Denzel Washington

  83. "A person wrapped up in himself makes a very small package."
    -- Denzel Washington

  84. "Luck is where opportunity meets preparation."
    -- Denzel Washington

  85. "My concern is raising the standard of the work, not complaining about somebody not voting for me."
    -- Denzel Washington

  86. "My mother never gave up one me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back."
    -- Denzel Washington

  87. "One had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat caught in a trap."
    -- Ida B. Wells

  88. "There must always be a remedy for wrong and injustice if we only know how to find it."
    -- Ida B. Wells

  89. "The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness."
    -- Jessamyn West

  90. "As an essayist I don't believe in the fiction of an anonymous observer. Rather than the sham of objectivity, I think you should put you perspective up front. That's only fair to the reader."
    -- Ralph Wiley

  91. "I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life."
    -- Oprah Winfrey

  92. "Nonvoting is a fruitless temper tantrum."
    -- Bruce Wright

  93. "The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses."
    -- Malcolm X

  94. "You don't have a peaceful revolution. You don't have a turn-the-other-cheek revolution. There's no such thing as a nonviolent revolution. Revolution is bloody. Revolution is hostile. Revolution knows no compromise. Revolution overturns and destroys everything that gets in its way."
    -- Malcolm X

  95. "It is a blessing to die for a cause, because you can so easily die for nothing."
    -- Andrew Young

  96. "You can't look forward and backward at the same time."
    -- Coleman Young

  97. "We need to dream big dreams, propose grandiose means if we are to recapture the excitement, the vibrancy, and pride we once had."
    -- Coleman Young

  98. "There is no brilliant single stroke that is going to transform the water into wine or straw into gold."
    -- Coleman Young

  99. "I've learned over a period of years there are setbacks when you come up against the immovable object; sometimes the object doesn't move."
    -- Coleman Young

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