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If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.
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.
I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
All my skinfolk ain't kinfolk.
There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.
I love myself when I am laughing. . . and then again when I am looking mean and impressive.
Bitterness is the coward's revenge on the world for having been hurt.
If you haven't got it, you can't show it. If you have got it, you can't hide it.
If writers were too wise, perhaps no books would get written at all. It might be better to ask yourself 'Why?”'afterwards than before There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.
Once you wake up thought in a man, you can never put it to sleep again.
Gods always behave like the people who make them.
Such as I am, I am a precious gift.
That is the way with people ... If they do you wrong, they invent a bad name for you, a good name for their acts and then destroy you in the name of virtue.
Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.
Justice, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her.
Some people could look at a mud puddle and see an ocean with ships.
Someone is always at my elbow reminding me that I am the granddaughter of slaves. It fails to register depression with me.
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.
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.
I love myself when I am laughing.
It was a weak spot in any nation to have a large body of disaffected people within its confusion.
A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it.
Sweat, sweat, sweat! Work and sweat, cry and sweat, pray and sweat!
So she sat on the porch and watched the moon rise. Soon its amber fluid was drenching the earth, and quenching the thirst of the day.
Everybody has some special road of thought along which they travel when they are alone to themselves. And his road of thought is what makes every man what he is.
You got to go there to know there.
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.
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.
Learning without wisdom is a load of books on a donkey's back.
truth is a letter from courage!
It is a curious thing to be a woman in the Caribbean after you have been a woman in these United States.
People can be slave-ships in shoes.
I want a busy life, a just mind, and a timely death.
No matter how far a person can go the horizon is still way beyond you.
Don't you realize that the sea is the home of water? All water is off on a journey unless it's in the sea, and it's homesick, and bound to make its way home someday.
Mystery is the essence of divinity
Anybody depending on somebody else's gods is depending on a fox not to eat chickens.
I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
She didn't read books so she didn't know that she was the world and the heavens boiled down to a drop.
The sun, the hero of every day, the impersonal old man that beams as brightly on death as on birth, came up every morning.
It is easy to be hopeful in the day when you can see the things you wish on.
When one is too old for love, one finds great comfort in good dinners.
Ethical and cultural desegregation. It is a contradiction in terms to scream race pride and equality while at the same time spurning Negro teachers and self-association.
I made up my mind to keep my feelings to myself since they did not seem to matter to anyone else but me.
Those that don't got it, can't show it. Those that got it, can't hide it.
The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.
It's no use of talking unless people understand what you say.