“If we must die, let it not be like hogs hunted and penned in an inglorious spot.”

“I find it hard to believe in the myth of America as the land of freedom, because for many black people, America has been a land of pain, a land of degradation.”

“If America wishes to be a great nation, let it, in its dealings with Negroes, have the common decency to give them a square deal.”

“If a song has any truth in it, you must allow yourself to be mentally disposed.”

“When I confront a human being as my fellow, I look and see something that is fundamentally beyond my reach.”

“I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.”

“I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.”

“Life is a constant battle for survival.”

“The soul’s joy lies in doing.”

“The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.”

“I am no one belonging to no one.”

“The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms.”

“I have no desire to prove myself or impress anyone.”

“The ultimate goal of the human soul is union with the Divine.”

“I am not wise enough to know all the secrets of the universe, but I have enough understanding to know that love is the most powerful force.”

“To love is to be vulnerable.”

“Happiness is not found in the pursuit of pleasure, but in the pursuit of meaning.”

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

“The greatest tragedy is not death, but a life lived without purpose.”

“Do not let fear hold you back from pursuing your dreams.”

“Change begins with the individual.”

“The strength to survive comes from within.”

“It is in our darkest moments that we must focus on our light.”

“There is power in unity.”

“Our differences are what make us beautiful.”

“True freedom is not external, but internal.”

“We are the authors of our own destiny.”

“Life is a journey of self-discovery.”

“The path to greatness is paved with failures.”

“In the face of adversity, we must remain resilient.”