We Negro writers, just by being black, have been on the blacklist all our lives. Censorship for us begins at the color line.
Negroes—sweet and docile, meek, humble and kind: Beware the day—they change their mind.
Negro blood is sure powerful, because just one drop of black blood makes a colored man. One drop you are a Negro! …Black is powerful.
Life is a system of half-truths and lies, opportunistic, convenient evasion.
No woman can be handsome by the force of features alone, any more that she can be witty by only the help of speech.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?… Or does it explode?
I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.
Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
I swear to the Lord I still can’t see Why Democracy means Everybody but me.
An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.
I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.
Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.
When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.
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