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A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.


         

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.


         
The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.

The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.


         
Nothing will work unless you do.

Nothing will work unless you do.


         
It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally.

It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally.


         

She said, 'No, you learned that you have power - power and determination. I love you and I am proud of you. With those two things, you can go anywhere and everywhere.

She said, 'No, you learned that you have power - power and determination. I love you and I am proud of you. With those two things, you can go anywhere and everywhere.


         
The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.


         
I want to thank you, Lord, for life and all that's in it. Thank you for the day and for the hour, and the minute.

I want to thank you, Lord, for life and all that's in it. Thank you for the day and for the hour, and the minute.


         
Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.

Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.


         
Won't it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.

Won't it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.


         
If more Africans had eaten missionaries, the continent would be in better shape.

If more Africans had eaten missionaries, the continent would be in better shape.


         

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.


         
That's what you want to do? Then nothing beats a trial but a failure. Give it everything you've got. I've told you many times, 'Cant do is like Dont Care.' Neither of them have a home.

That's what you want to do? Then nothing beats a trial but a failure. Give it everything you've got. I've told you many times, 'Cant do is like Dont Care.' Neither of them have a home.


         
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.


         
There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.


         
Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now.

Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now.


         
First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.

First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.


         
Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.

Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.


         
The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.

The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.


         
While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation.

While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation.