If you run, you might lose. If you don't run, you're guaranteed to lose.
The more you focus on sex without love, and drugs and violence, lifestyle of intimidation and recycling, the less energy you spend on opening up the big tent.
When they wrote the Constitution, only white male landowners had the right to vote.
The great responsibility that we have today is to put the poor and the near poor back on front of the American agenda.
My very first recollection of life on earth was waking up in bed with my mother, and she was showing me a picture of my father, Charles Jackson, with a group of soldiers.
Many are observing Ferguson and witnessing the anger, demonstrations, looting and vandalism and calling for quiet. But quiet isn't enough. The absence of noise isn't the presence of justice - and we must demand justice in Ferguson and the other 'Fergusons' around America.
So here we are today with a new conversation. When University of Georgia plays Georgia Tech, it's uniform color versus skin color. We have - we've overcome that level of racial fear.
Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.
If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.
Look at the coded language the Right is using against President Barack Obama. Openly calling him a liar in Congress, saying he is 'not a Christian, he was not born here, he is not one of us.' That makes addressing such issues trickier for the first African-American in the White House.
For me, Barack Obama's election was a milestone of the most extraordinary kind. On the day he was elected I felt such hope in my heart. I thought we were seeing the beginning of a new era of equal opportunity across race and gender such as America had never known before.
We blacks were the first people embracing Obama, long before the people at expensive fundraisers were supporting him. We gave him his first love, 96 percent of blacks voted for him in 2008. Yet today we are the number one in unemployment, with 16 percent of American blacks out of work.
Great things happen in small places. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville.
I had gained a greater appreciation of hearing the concerns of woman, doctors, and so many others.
The coffers are full of money and equipment for the Ferguson Police and the Missouri National Guard to put down a potential uprising, but no money for actually uplifting the people of Ferguson, St. Louis, Missouri and around the nation.
There have been more people disenfranchised in Washington than there have been in Kuwait.
Negroes' problem is that they do not have their egos. That's why our churches end up having a white service, because our preacher is not arrogant enough to take God's word, so he have to go and get some white fellow's agenda and put it in his church.
I mean, the fight for a health care bill to cover all Americans and leave none behind is attacked as being a race appeal, which is not true, but then it's put out in the media as true.
Most blacks will argue that they excel because of hard work, because of intellect, determination, sweat, blood, tears and risk.
The American people on the ground need a clearer, stronger, Lyndon B. Johnson-type voice from their president. Obama has that voice. It has to be used.
A check or credit card, a Gucci bag strap, anything of value will do. Give as you live.
We must not measure greatness from the mansion down, but from the manger up.
Ronald Reagan was older than I was when he ran for president.
I know they are all environmentalists. I heard a lot of my speeches recycled.
In many ways Africa subsidised America and Europe's development.
Black men of integrity cannot make a deal with a politician and leave out the poor of the nation, all God's children.
A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever.
I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my best against the odds. As I develop and serve, be patient. God is not finished with me yet.
You may choose your mate, but you cannot deny someone else the right to choose their mate.
If the American people in a matter of months can love the people of Kuwait, whom they have not seen, they can love the people of our nation's capital just as well.
There's a full-court press to put down an uprising around Ferguson, but no preparation for lifting up the people there.
From seeds of his body blossomed the flower that liberated a people and touched the soul of a nation.
Today's students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude but their attitude that will determine their altitude.
Obama used to be a community organizer. He knows how to build communities.
When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through.
Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.