America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description.
At best Americans give but a limited attention to history. Too much happens too rapidly, and before we can evaluate it, or exhaust its meaning or pleasure, there is something new to concern us. Ours is the tempo of the motion picture, not that of the still camera, and we waste experience as we wasted the forest.
Commercial rock 'n' roll music is a brutalization of the stream of contemporary Negro church music... an obscene looting of a cultural expression.
Education is all a matter of building bridges.
I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids- and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.
I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer.
If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to bind, imprison and destroy.
Imitation is suicide, envy is ignorance.
Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself.
It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.
Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
Perhaps to lose a sense of where you are implies the danger of losing a sense of who you are.
Power doesn't have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it.
Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.
That... is how the world moves: Not like an arrow, but a boomerang.
The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.
The antidote to hubris, to overweening pride, is irony, that capacity to discover and systematize ideas.
The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead.
The thing to do is to exploit the meaning of the life you have.
The truth is the light and light is the truth.
What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?
When American life is most American it is apt to be most theatrical.
When I discover who I am, I'll be free.
Without the possibility of action, all knowledge comes to one labeled 'file and forget.'
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