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W. E. B. Du Bois Quote of the Day

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But what of black women?...
I most sincerely doubt if any other race of women could
have brought its fineness up through so devilish a fire.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

The power of the ballot we need in sheer defense,
else what shall save us from a second slavery?
- W. E. B. Du Bois

A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

An American, a Negro...
two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings;
two warring ideals in one dark body,
whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

 

To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in
a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

To stimulate wildly weak and untrained minds is to play with mighty fires.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.
- W. E. B. Du Bois


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The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no
longer be reading numbers,
any more than you read words when reading books You
will be reading meanings.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

A little less complaint and whining,
and a little more dogged work and manly striving,
would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

Education is that whole system of human training within
and without the school house walls,
which molds and develops men.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

If there is anybody in this land who thoroughly believes
that the meek shall inherit the earth they have not
often let their presence be known.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

Believe in life!
Always human beings will live and progress to greater,
broader, and fuller life.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness,
this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others,
of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that
looks on in amused contempt and pity.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

One ever feels his twoness - an American,
a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings;
two warring ideals in one dark body,
whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
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For myself I hold no preferences among flowers,
so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.
Bricks to all greenhouses!
Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!
- Edward Abbey

It was a black and white only computer at the time,
but it kept me fascinated.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

It isn't a matter of black is beautiful as much as
it is white is not all that's beautiful.
- Bill Cosby

Hockey is a sport for white men.
Basketball is a sport for black men.
Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.
- Tiger Woods

You know it's going to hell when the best rapper out
there is white and the best golfer is black.
- Charles Barkley

I wasn't always black...
there was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.
- Bill Cosby

Do not call for black power or green power.
Call for brain power.
- Barbara Jordan

We are all one whether we dine on corned beef in New York City,
black-eyed peas and cornbread in rural Louisiana,
or roast guinea pig in Peru.
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You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
- Harrison Ford

I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice.
Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts,
but I never noticed.
- B. B. King

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark
cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there.
Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
- Robert A. Heinlein

If you want to make beautiful music,
you must play the black and the white notes together.
- Richard M. Nixon

I cured with the power that came through me.
- Black Elk

I mean, I'm pretty good in real life,
but sometimes people seem surprised that I'm like a
normal teenager and wear black nail polish and I'm
just a little bit more edgy than the person I play on television.
- Brittany Snow

We want to take good tidings home to our people,
that they may sleep in peace.
- Black Kettle

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his
40s shouldn't play tennis.
I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait
until I reached 50 to start again.
- Hugo Black

Republicans have nothing but bad ideas and Democrats have no ideas.
- Lewis Black

Trust in yourself.
Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.
- Claudia Black

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

We have been travelling through a cloud.
The sky has been dark ever since the war began.
- Black Kettle

I don't think President Obama has been that revolutionary
in reaching out to ethnic communities.
President Reagan did a lot for the black community
that people don't realize.
- Terrence Howard

I'm not fighting any causes.
I'm black, everybody can see that, but I am a storyteller for the masses.
- Jackie Torrence

It's pure Black Label.
It's about violence and booze.
That's all it is.
There is no plan.
- Zakk Wylde

In fact, there is clear evidence of black intellectual superiority:
in 1984,
92 percent of blacks voted to retire Ronald Reagan,
compared to only 36 percent of whites.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

I just finished Meet Joe Black with Hopkins.
- Claire Forlani

Black boys became criminalized.
I was in constant dread for their lives,
because they were targets everywhere.
They still are.
- Toni Morrison

I go out with white women.
This makes a lot of people unhappy, mostly black women.
- Dennis Rodman

I think every group of black guys should have at least one white guy in it.
- Dave Chappelle

I decided blacks should not have to experience the
difficulties I had faced,
so I decided to open a flying school and teach other black women to fly.
- Bessie Coleman

You can't be what you don't see.
I didn't think about being a doctor.
I didn't even think about being a clerk in a store,
I'd never seen a black clerk in a clothing store.
- Joycelyn Elders

Black or white good parts are hard to come by.
A good actor with a good opportunity has a shot;
without the opportunity it doesn't matter how good you are.
- Denzel Washington

To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt,
and that's not what I play.
I play black classical music.
- Nina Simone

Bald is the new black!
- Gail Porter

I'd like to do more Shakespeare.
I'd like to do Iago in Othello.
I look so benign.
It would be interesting to see that black evil come out of my soul.
- Kyle MacLachlan

The sky seemed filled with diving planes and the black
bursts of exploding antiaircraft shells.
- Dorie Miller

It's a struggle for every young Black man.
You know how it is, only God can judge us.
- Tupac Shakur

One of my favorite stories was Black Orchid,
because it was so different from all the others.
I especially enjoyed dancing the Charleston.
I have always been keen on dancing.
- Sarah Sutton

George Bush doesn't care about black people.
- Kanye West

Look at any black-and-white movie; everybody is smoking.
- Loni Anderson

Black jurors sit on juries every day and convict black people every day.
- Johnnie Cochran

Yeah I think Pitch Black was edgy, I think that's what worked for our film.
- Radha Mitchell

When I was a kid, no one would believe anything positive
that you could say about black people.
That's a terrible burden.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kids today don't watch a black and white movie.
- Robert Englund

A racially integrated community is a chronological
term timed from the entrance of the first black family
to the exit of the last white family.
- Saul Alinsky

I think everybody has the ability to fall in love with
a man or with a woman or a white person or a black
person or a Jewish person or a Protestant person or whatever.
- Ally Sheedy

The Minutemen were seen as more of an art thing than Black Flag,
although I didn't see them that way.
It confused people when we put out Saccharine Trust,
too.
- Greg Ginn

It may be for 20 or 30 years no one has yet been able
to decide the length of the life of the black bass.
- Jay Cooke

Relations between black and white would be greatly
improved if we were more accepting of our fears and
our feelings and more vocal about it.
- Sarah Silverman

If there was no Black Sabbath, I could still possibly
be a morning newspaper delivery boy.
No fun.
- Lars Ulrich

A lot of black people believe that Jews in this country have become white.
They behave like white people rather than Jewish people.
- Toni Morrison

There's a lot of Americans, black and white,
who think that we've arrived where we need to be and
nothing else needs to be done and affirmative action needs to be dismantled.
- Spike Lee

I have been wearing black, which was a reaction to the Ginger thing.
But now I have hopes and I can be anything.
Tomorrow I might be naked with a feather boa,
who knows?
- Geri Halliwell

Living is strife and torment, disappointment and love and sacrifice,
golden sunsets and black storms.
I said that some time ago, and today I do not think I would add one word.
- Laurence Olivier

I spent seven months in Africa and came back saying
there isn't anything you can say about black people
that you couldn't say about,
say, pink people except that they're black.
- Larry Rivers

Two people will never be President in my lifetime.
A woman and a black.
- Charles Evers


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