Though I do manage to mumble around in about seven or eight languages, English remains the most beautiful of languages. It will do anything.
The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.
Later he explained that when a person is beating you you should scream as loud as possible; maybe the whipper will become embarrassed or else some sympathetic soul might come to your rescue.
Of course I could drive. Idiots and lunatics drove cars. Why not the brilliant Marguerite Johnson?
Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now.
If I survived at all, it would be a triumph. If I swam, it would be a miracle. As I unlocked my door, I thought of my mother putting her age back fifteen years and going into the merchant marines. I had to try. If I ended in defeat, at least I would be trying. Trying to overcome was black people's honorable tradition.
Don't do anything that you think is wrong. Just do what you think is right, and then be ready to back it up even with your life.
To be allowed, no, invited into the private lives of strangers, and to share their joys and fears, was a chance to exchange the Southern bitter wormwood for a cup of mead with Beowulf or a hot cup of tea and milk with Oliver Twist.
All the strong black birds of promise who defy the odds and gods and sing their sings.
Though I am now an old fogey, I am still hard at work and still refuse to believe that God plays dice.
You have no idea what your legacy will be because your legacy is every life you touch.
As for the words of warm praise addressed to me, I shall carefully refrain from disputing them. For who still believes that there is such a thing as genuine modesty? I should run the risk of being taken for just an old hypocrite.